December 2015 Tishnote

Happy December Amigos!

Holiday greetings to mundotish friends wherever you are! December is always a crazy but wonderful month for me. I had my birthday a couple of weeks ago. It was celebrated in San Antonio at one of my favorite little cafes, "Casbeers". I couldn't ask for better of a fun party. My brother, my sisters, my kids, old friends, new friends, fan-friends surrounded me and my favorite musician friends from Austin played some great music. The presents were funny and fun and thoughtful. Thanks to my family for all the hard work and to all who sent greetings and good wishes. What a beautiful beginning to my 60th year on this little planet!

As 2015 comes to an end, I want to reflect on how although it is important to plan a course to accomplish projects and passions, as the famous quote goes "life happens", and we just have to do what we can. I had to put a few projects on hold that I had hoped to have off the ground by now. One of those is a recording of traditional, regional, and favorite spanish songs with my long-time San Antonio friend and musical icon, Flaco Jimenez. We both encountered medical issues that slowed us down in our plans, but managed to get a couple of songs recorded over the summer and they sound great, so I feel we are on a good track to try again in 2016. At this point, I am ready to relax, enjoy the holidays and welcome in the New Year. 

Tonight, December 18 (9pm-1am), is my final show for 2015: I will be playing at one Austin's coolest little honky-tonks, Ginny's Little Longhorn, with Marvin Dykhuis on guitar, Glenn Kawamoto on Bass, Rich White on drums, and Richard Bowden on fiddle - full tilt COUNTRY!! (...Chip Dolan has another gig but may join us late with his accordion.) If you are in Austin, please join us if you can, and bring your dancin' boots!

To wrap things up, I want to say a warm thanks to everyone who brightened and enlightened my 2015. As far as the world goes, right now there are lots of disturbing, disillusioning, and saddening things going on all around us. Let's stay positive and pass on as much peace, good will, and kindness to our fellow beings as we can. Love is a strong force!

Wishing you all a safe and joyous holiday season and the best in the coming year!

Con Amor,