Birmingham Rocks 'Day of the Dead' at Bare Hands Art Gallery [Nov. 4th, 2010|11:42 pm] Okay, I could quite possibly get maudlin here playing "Danny Boy" late at night in Alabama, but I don't know how can anybody can listen to that song and not break a little. It reminds of my grandmother, GranMary, Mary P. Madden of Washington DC. A priest allowed us to sing "Danny Boy" at her funeral at St. Ann's in DC in 1999. He did NOT, however, allow her wish of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" as he deemed it not appropriate for a Catholic funeral Mass. I am taking Norah to Washington DC and Maryland for the first time this weekend since 1999. Norah hasn't been back since she was a baby, and I want her to see where her grandmother lived and died and where Norah met her as a little baby as GranMary spent her last days on her daughter's Maryland farm in Potomac.
On a different note, but not that different, I suppose, considering "Día de los Muertos," Birmingham knows how to rock "Day of the Dead" at Bare Hands Art Gallery. This was a holiday I never truly noticed until we moved to Los Angeles and then not even really until Norah had an incredibly lovely kindergarten and first grade teacher, Mrs. Montanez, who had the kids make altars to celebrate the lives of the people and animals they loved. As a six-year-old, Norah got very excited about making an "altar" but she heard the word wrong and called it a "walter," and so we had to make a "walter." We bought sugar skulls and marigolds for the "walter" and put up pictures, and of course, our old hound dog, incorrigible beast that he was, sneaked inside and ate up all the sugar skulls from Norah's "walter" but lived many more years to tell the tale...
"Día de los Muertos" in Alabama was like a little like being back in Los Angeles watching the folklorico dancers and hearing the music and the dancing, dancing, dancing...
Here are links and pictures...
"Day of the Dead in Birmingham"
"Death and the Days of Our Lives"
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And a little online "walter" here for Bentley, our sweet old hound, who loved sugar skulls and any other food he could gobble up!