About this time three years ago, we were ready to move our little wanna-be free-flowing family abroad for a family gap year that has now turned into 3. That's 3 years without work! Can you imagine? It's actually more like 3 years of working at home and from home, at least for me as the … Continue reading Where to get the money for your family gap year abroad?
Happy New Year! Here's a music video (on YouTube) of a new and refreshing family-friendly version of the popular Christmas song "Jingle Bells" with lyrics mixed with the Spanish version "Dulce Navidad" con letra. It is an acoustic guitar-driven style, sung by kids, mixed with Villancicos Navideños (Spanish Christmas carols), in English and Spanish, performed in the style of Zambomba (Christmas songs done in festive flamenco style as uniquely done in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain). ¡Olé! My two young kids and I recorded it in our our old-but-professional home recording studio in December.
On a family vacation on a "Pillar of Hercules"--the Rock of Gibraltar, UK--we finally made a YouTube video of these little thumb-sized figures called SuperZings that all kids seem to be talking about. The video shows kids at play... FREE PLAY... on Catalan Bay beach in December. It also shows you the beach, the playground, the colorful houses and rock mountain to help you plan your visit. Big Smile!
An improvised music activity with my children playing musical instruments was the follow-up to our first-time jamming, first to the all-time children's favorite song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". As a full-time father and a happy houseband (aka house husband) I have to find activities to keep the kids off the "screen" as much as possible. … Continue reading Father and Sons JAM Session With Kids (a Lullaby) 😊 Family Video
In the spirit of the season, here's the first of our own version of Christmas songs by kids performed in festive Jerezano flamenco style called "Zambomba". This one is (hopefully) a refreshing, family-friendly take on "Joy to the World" in English and in the style of Rumba Flamenca on the guitar, mixed with popular Villancicos … Continue reading Joy to the world (New) Villancicos – Christmas Songs Kids – Mix Spanish-English – Family Video
Are you religious or culturally curious? Here is a 6-minute video of an interesting religious procession on the first day of advent in Spain. . . Church bells ring and the procession begins with a heavy statue of Mary on a float at the lead of a full marching band. There are about 50-penitent men … Continue reading Advent in Spain † Religious Procession 🎵 Marching Band – Video
The best time to visit Jerez, whether you are a flamenco die-hard or culturally curious, is in autumn, specifically in the month of November. Not only is November 16th the International Day of Flamenco, this month is FULL of authentic FREE FLAMENCO PURO (for the flamenco purists) in Barrios San Miguel, Santiago and San Mateo--neighborhoods … Continue reading Jerez in November: Where to See FREE Flamenco Shows