January 2006

Cookie Jar
Originally uploaded by bmaury.

Last saturday at the Cookie Jar recording studio. Hyde Street, SF. This was shot on my RAZR camera phone.

Last week I returned from a 2 week trip to Central America. Most of my time was spent in Belize, with a brief trip to Guatemala.

While in Belize, I did a good deal of snorkeling along the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest reef in the world. It stretches around 150 miles along the coastline of Central America and is home to some crazy marine life. I saw some amazing coral and the largest fish that I’ve encountered. I swam with some nurse sharks, sting rays, eagle rays, and a big old Grouper fish. I really wish I had followed through and got certified to dive before this trip; but now I have something to do before my return to this relaxed, sunny little country.

I visited two Mayan ruins in Belize and Guatemala: Altun Ha and Tikal. The former is small and interesting in it’s remoteness and obscurity. The latter is a vast ancient Mayan metropolis, home to the second tallest Mayan structure known to anyone. This ‘Temple IV’ and the surrounding landscape was a shooting location for the original Star Wars. No coincedence that Lucas chose Tikal as a shooting location, since the Mayan’s had their own “star wars.” I’m not sure if Darth Vader was in these uber prequels to the modern Star Wars series; but supposably the Mayans often waged war against their neighbors during certain astrological events. Those Mayans sure were crafty…

Two choice photos are below. The rest of the photos from the trip can be seen on Flickr (Belize, Tikal).

Nurse Sharks!

This family of nurse sharks lives near the Belize Barrier Reef. They are not dangerous, but not always friendly. The sharks I saw ranged in length from about 4′ to 6′. I was introduced to them by a mutual friend (whose arm you see in the frame).

Mayan Temple

Oh my. I have always suspected that I had a musical twin — someone who wrote the same caliber of raw, heartfelt music as I; someone brave enough to calls it as they sees it. And now, my suspicions are confirmed. While my twin and I have identical musical intuitions, we have clearly developed different perspectives on the matter of publication. My music, for the most part, remains securely archived in the form of unmarked 4-track masters in the shadowy depths of my closet. Whereas my twin seems to have actually made his work available on the internet.

A gem from this treasure chest of bold creative expression:

“I got nuthin to lose, somethin’ to gain,
my balls are big and they’re in pain…
‘Cuz a girl just kicked ’em.
I don’t know how you would ever see my stalkin…
lookin at your behind.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. And if I did, I sure as hell wouldn’t tell anybody.