I’ve never seen a bluer sea, and I’ve seen many, because if there is one thing that I love is the water…I was born near the water and I’ve always lived in a coastal city or town…but the Aegean Sea is incredibly beautiful.
Here are some shots I took while sailing in Turkish waters…
And areas along the coast heading south from Bodrum, and Bodrum is more or less in the middle of the Turkish Aegean coast, about a one hour flight from Istanbul.
It’s a very relaxing time, the time you spend on the water, and since most of the coastline is composed of coves and small bays, you can anchor and jump in any time of the day or the night that you like…
When you hire a boat, it comes with a captain, a chef and a first mate. You then purchase everything and anything you wish to eat along the voyage as well as everything and anything you would like to drink. We had a great chef and ate gourmet quality food throughout the seven days of sailing the Turkish Aegean.
It is a very relaxing and refreshing time, a most enjoyable experience. You eat, you drink, you take in the sunshine and the gorgeous waters of that blue, blue Aegean Sea…
I leave you with a little video clip that I made of my trips and journeys in Turkey, a country I know very well, although I should say that I know the western, Aegean coast, because Turkey is a huge country and I know very little of all points east, north or further south…
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For me there is always something magical, mystical, special, enchanting et cetera et cetera about a body of water, especially a large one, even though it is a river. Such a body of water is the East River in New York City.
Running alongside of it is Franklin Delano Roosevelt East River Drive that will take you up to Harlem, passing in front of such places as the United Nations…
From Manhattan to Brooklyn, you can cross this river through the Brooklyn Bridge, an historic icon and a beautiful structure. The Brooklyn Bridge was built in 1883…
The Manhattan Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge will also get you to Brooklyn or from Brooklyn to Manhattan…
There are also tunnels…
From Manhattan to Queens, you can cross via the 59th Street Bridge, and the Robert F. Kennedy Triborough Bridge as well as tunnels such as the Queens Midtown Tunnel…
There is also a beautiful river walk that starts at the 59th Street Bridge and takes you all the way uptown to Harlem…
I loved my morning walks uptown from Mid-Town Manhattan…you get a feeling of strong energy and peace, it’s like a moving relaxed-concentration state and it is all due to the power of that river…
New York is one of the most wonderful places I have ever lived in…I love the energy, the spirit the excitement of the city. And it is beautiful! It is kept as a jewel. New York reflects the true spirit of America. It is a melting pot where you find people from all parts of the world working together, developing their business, their life, their art and their hope for the future. They are all different in many ways but all agree on one thing, their undying love for New York. If you have ever lived in New York you will always be a New Yorker and if you’ve ever visited you will never forget it!
C.2019, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, Valencia, Spain, 29 NOV 19, All Rights Reserved.
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I wanted to write a song about revolution, but it was meant to be satirical, not real. I do not believe in revolution and if there is such a need to fight one, then immediately after peace has been established, the “r” must be removed from the word…and the idea of…revolution so that the country can advance.
In Cuba, the Revolution was fought to oust a dictator. It was a politically motivated and generated by the hatred of most Cubans of the Batista regime. It was not a worker’s struggle. Workers, peasants and the poorer classes, were not involved in the fight, although the small farmers of the eastern mountains, the Sierra Maestra eventually…towards the end of the war…did join in the fighting. But the ones who rose up to fight Batista were the professional classes and the upper middle class, with the support of many of the rich and of the Catholic Church. By no means the Cuban Revolution can be considered a class struggle.
But the Revolution was stolen from those who fought it. It became the “revolution”, (or “robolucion” in Spanish, meaning it was accomplished to steal from those who had so that Fidel Castro could become the 9th richest man on Earth). The reason I do not use a capital letter to identify Castro’s revolution is because it was not a revolution. Castro stole the revolutionary struggle and then the power of ruling the country, by lying to the people. He back stabbed everyone, beginning with his friends and comrades whom he had assassinated by firing squad, accusing them of being anti-revolutionary. Then he denounced democracy, saying elections were not needed, that the struggle meant that Cubans had already voted for him and finally declaring that he was and always had been a Marxist-Leninist. He betrayed the revolutionary struggle and established himself, and his communist party, as the eternal dictators of the island.
So…I still wanted to try and ridicule the so-called revolution in Cuba…
I wrote this song and I did it with AJA backed up by Ayoko, our singer at the time. I belive the year was about 2006, but I am not so sure…
I took the pictures on a short trip to Cuba that I did in 2015…so the video clip is from 2016…so all the pictures are part of my personal experience from my visit to that island.
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ALL IS HEAVEN…ALL IS WATER…ALL IS IN MY IMAGINATION…
I have been born with imagination,
in a simple tree branch, a thriving nation,
I see a million clouds that form the shapes of dreams and hopes
in a cloudless sky.
And many times I wonder if we are fragments of a storybook
recited to a child in Heaven...
I called my studio of art, Omnia Caelum Studios, because of certain verses in Ovid which I always found interesting:
“…ante mare et terras et quod tegit omnia caelum
unus erat toto naturae vultus in orbe,
quem dixere chaos: rudis indigestaque moles
nec quicquam nisi pondus iners congestaque eodem
non bene iunctarum discordia semina rerum.”
I liked the significance which translated roughly means:
“Before the sea and the lands and (which covers all things) the sky,
one form was in the whole sphere of nature,
which they called Chaos, a raw undigested mass,
and nothing but an inert mass, and heaped up in the same [place],
the discordant seeds of things not well joined.”
Not well joined until touched by the hands of the artist who can redistribute, reshape and create something beautiful out of an undigested mass…
I was attracted to the order from chaos idea which in many ways describes the way I approach art. But mostly I was attracted to the line “omnia caelum”, which I know to really mean…at least really to me…that “all is Heaven”. All starts from Heaven and ends as well for Heaven is still there for us to look up and smile and wonder. After all in the skies…Heaven…we see so many incredible things…
From the source, Heaven, I can create the first line on my canvas that will inspire my improvisation that will ultimately create Jazz Art right here on the plane of Earth.
And not just my paintings, I have also created music using the same idea of Jazz. I formed the “Abstract Jazz Arrangement” (AJA) in 1999, withing Omnia Caelum Studios. I use the “Arrangement” to collaborate with jazz musicians, or others who like the idea of creating from short lines and forming complete tunes…
I like to work with the certainty that there is something before and something after. To me the concept of Heaven is many things, for example, the place…the horizon on the sea…where you see the union of sky and water…
I want my studio to be what I think art is, therefore it is conceptual, that way I do not lose my place and I can continue to work within the structure that I have created for myself. It is not a limitation, it is simply a border, a reminder. After all just because your elbow does not bend outward, are you limited?
I chose “jazz” as my style not just because I love that musical genre but because it creates something pure, organic and complete out of randomness. I wanted to unite with music in the spirit of the abstract, after all what can be more abstract than music?
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When I created AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement) I wanted to explore as much as I could the music and the sounds that I loved and as well sing in whatever language I chose, from Castilian to Latin…
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