Poema: Parece que he dejado el coche en el agua…

(Foto propiedad de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Parece que he dejado el coche en el agua…

Llegue tarde a casa y quizá con dos tragos de mas,
pero así son las fiestas que uno disfruta,
cuando uno ni piensa, y el destino ejecuta
su trayectoria infalible,
y su imponente presencia,
que nos roba de un tajo nuestra inocencia.

Chungo destino que le ha tocado a ese coche…

Si fue por mi culpa, me excuso y le pido perdón.
Pero es que han cambiado la vida y los tiempos,
y cuando ayer no se podía ni salir a la calle,
ahora llenamos a botellones los valles,
y nos hemos quitado hasta la mascarilla,
que con su piel de papel nos libró de coger
ese virus tan cruel…

Así que si anoche me fui a mil bares de copas,
de Valencia a Sevilla, buen ron, viento en popa,
y cuando por fin regresé hacia mi casa,
imaginando que en el mar podría yo aparcar,
así fue.
¿Que os puedo decir?

Otros coches vendrán.
¿para qué este sufrir?
lo importante es vivir, compañeros,
cagarse en la madre de todo lo adverso
y vivir y de todo reír.

C.2021, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 20 de septiembre de 2021, Ilica, Turquía


JaZzArt en València, Phase II, the “Blue Period” #2

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This is the continuation of the JaZzArt en València, this one is in colour and I call it Phase II. This phase, since it is in colour, I have separated it by periods. I began with the Yellow Period, then the Green, and now the Blue Period. I have been researching the series since before I started it in July (2021) and decided to use watercolour as the abstract background for the Jazz Musicians that form the composition. Therefore this is a series composed as figurative art, but with an abstract background. As you know, art is not an intuitive endeavour. Art requires thought, precision, research and much trial and error, then, after you have gone through these stages you can pretty much be sure that your work is done…

Art is something amazing that only humans can do. It is almost magical, it is a way to see, to express and to communicate ideas that no other living creature in our Earth can accomplish. Art is the result of human creativity. It is available to all humans. It is not something that some are born with, if that was the case it would be a genetic defect, but it is not, it is an acquired trait. However, it is not intuitive. It must be learned. The rules of art are as valid as the rules that govern physics, science and all the other arts and it must be learned, it must be worked through, continuously and rigorously.

I hope you like this series and if you did, please let me know.


Un cuento gracioso acerca de un viejo asqueroso…(Span/English) “A Funny Story About a Dirty Old Man”

Fidel Castro | Celebrity caricatures, Funny caricatures, Caricature
(El tirano verdugo/The tyrant assasin)

Esto pudo haber sucedido en Cuba en cualquier época de la dictadura comunista que secuestro a ese país. Pero más probable sucedió allá por la década de los 1970…

Dicen que un buen día el dictador de Cuba Fidel Castro fue a un colegio en La Habana y pidió hablar con el chaval más inteligente y listo. Le trajeron un chico de unos doce años y le advirtieron que, sin dudas, este era el más listo.

-Muy bien-, dijo el tirano y le pregunta: -¿Así que tu eres el chaval más listo de este colegio? Bueno pues dime una cosa. Me dicen por ahí que hasta vosotros los chavales estáis conspirando contra mí. ¿Eso es verdad?-

-Sí,- le contesta el chico.

-¿Y que queréis meterme en un hoyo lleno de alimañas y bichos y que echándome miel en la cabeza, queréis traer a cientos de abejas y hormigas para que me piquen y torturen. Es verdad?

-Si- dice el chico.

-¿También que todos vendarais a escupirme la cara y a echarme meao y mierda encima. Es verdad?

Dice el chaval, -si.-

Entonces Castro lo mira fijamente y le pregunta, -¿Tu también?

-Yo no.- responde el niño.

-Menos mal niño, me alegro, y ¿puedo preguntarte porque?

-¡Que va, ni a jodía me meto yo esa cola!


This could have happened at any stage of the 60+ years of communist dictatorship in Cuba, but it is more probable that something like this would have happened in the 1970’s.

Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro decided to visit a school in La Habana to speak with the brightest, most intelligent of the students there. So they bring him a twelve year old lad and they tell him that this was the one.

Castro asks the lad, “I hear that even you young lads are conspiring against me, is that true?”

“Yes”, replied the child.

“And that you guys want to throw me in a hole filled with rats, bugs and then pour honey on my head and bring hundreds of bees and killer ants to bite and torment me. Is that true too?”

“It sure is”, said the lad.

“And that all of you would line up and then file by and spit on my face and throw piss and shit on me. Is that also true?”

“Absolutely”, said the young boy.

“And, you? Are you going to do that to me too?”

“No, not me”, says the boy.

“Not you! Great! Why?”, asks the old dictator.

“Are you crazy! I’m not going to stand in that endless line!”


(This joke is the property of Guillermo Alvarez Guedes and used here solely to educate. The photo above is and remains the property of its owner and again also used here for educational purposes)

Sundays “Oldies”: “No Matter What” (Badfinger)

No Matter What (Badfinger song) - Wikipedia

Produced by Mal Evans (associated closely with The Beatles) and recording on Apple Records, Badfinger definitely made history in the 1970’s. This song was one of several big hits for these lads during that great decade of music. Their sound made them appear a little like the early Beatles, but they definitely had a groove of their own.

Badfinger - The Apple Label's Bright British Hopes | uDiscover Music
(Badfinger 1970)

“No Matter What” was released in 1970 and included in the band’s No Dice album. The tune was written by Peter Ham, the guitarist and vocalist of the group who also wrote some of their other big hits like “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue”. This song became the second smash hit for Badfinger following “Come and Get It”, a song composed by Paul McCartney.

Pete Ham of Badfinger - Rockers Who Died at Age 27
(Peter Ham)

Peter Ham also co-wrote “Without You”, a song that became a number one hit for Harry Nilsson (1971) and for the which Ham received two Ivor Novello awards in 1973. However things quickly turned bad for him and for Badfinger. After the decline of Apple Records, the band signed with Warner Brothers (1972), who promptly sued the band’s manager, Stan Polley, alleging that he took a large sum that had been paid to the band as an advance credit and ran. Thinking himself totally ruined, Ham committed suicide in 1975. He was 27 years old and thus joined the Club of 27.

The band tried to reform, however further tragedy was to follow as original band member Tom Evans (co-author of “Without You”) hanged himself in 1983, also following a deep depression triggered by the band’s legal and economic problems.

Badfinger / Pete Ham and Tom Evans - POBA
(Peter Ham and Tom Evans)

Hope you enjoy this little treasure from the 1970’s…

(I actually was starting High School when this song was released and since me and my mates were always into music, we truly “dug” this tune man!)

Just for you guys I will add “Come and Get It”, a definite “oldie-goldie” from 1969. Do you remember?

(Loved it from the first, reminded me of the Fab Four, and of course, Paul McCartney wrote it. Cannot you hear Paul, perhaps playing the piano? I don’t know if he did or not, but it sure as hell has a Macca feel…)


Art History: North American Artist Alice Neel

(Alice Neel, 1900-1984)
(A most interesting North American painter that was mostly forgotten for many decades. Her comeback lasted less than 20 years as the year when she became very, very popular, was also the year of her death, 1984. What do you think of her art? Of her nudes? Are they really so shocking? Well, they were not viewed until the fifties although mostly painted in the 1930’s)