". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Europe’s Cloud of Ash Casts Pall Over World of Music

One of the areas most impacted by the Iceland volcano plume is music performance.

Vaquero's seeing some effect at the Houston International Music Festival though most of the acts scheduled to participate had already come to the US for the other gigs they booked around the Houston iFest. But the Europeans who need to go home, are stranded.

Vaquero played a smokin' performance last night -- the audience had such a good time, thus so did he. Many books were sold. One Houston woman by herself bought 10 copies of The Year Before the Flood and had him sign each copy to a different friend. *
He's got two performances - events today and another tomorrow.

He's being told that Houston's pretty wide open for music performance right now. For some reason the acts aren't coming through this city, so venues are happy to book people they haven't before.


* As a bonus, the gig was located next to a tamale restaurant.  V. was happy, happy, happy!

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