October is here…this year is flying by! It’s pouring rain today; it appears as if the “rainy season” has begun here in my neck of the woods. There will be fewer clear days now, which is fine with me – cloud-cover keeps it moderate during the fall and winter months, and who knows? We might get snow here this year…I love how the beach looks with a blanket of snow.

Today marks the beginning of Navratri, which lasts through Sunday, 9 October. I found a link of some beautiful photos of the celebration honoring Maa Durga, from the Indian Express website – they are wonderful! It looks like a fantastic festival to attend…so many colours and dancing!

I hate citing Wikipedia, but it is the only site that didn’t pop up a billion ads and videos. From Wikipedia:

Durga is the form of Mother goddess in Shaktism. There are many incarnations of Goddess Durga: Kali, Renu (or) Renuka, Bhagvati, Bhavani, Ambika, Lalita, Gauri, Kandalini, Jaya, Rajeswari and has nine appellations: Skandamata, Kushmanda, Shailaputri, Kaalratri, Brahmacharini, Maha Gauri, Katyayani, Chandraghanta and Siddhidatri.[1] A list of 108 names that is used to describe her is very popularly in use by eastern Hindus and is called Ashtottara Shatanamavali of Goddess Durga.[2]”

I was catching up on blog-reading yesterday, and found out that Stanley Dural Jr., best known as “Buckwheat Zydeco,” passed away on 24 September. From Rolling Stone:

Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., the accordionist and ambassador of zydeco music who performed under the stage name Buckwheat Zydeco, died Saturday following a battle with lung cancer. He was 68.

“It is with deep sadness that I have to announce that our great, beloved leader Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural, Jr. has passed away. He died at 1:32 AM Louisiana time, keeping musician’s hours right to the bitter end,” Dural’s manager Ted Fox wrote on Facebook.

“I am grieving for my best friend and colleague of more than 30 years. But, as this great road warrior once said: ‘Life is a tour, and it’s all about how you decide to get where you’re going…I don’t want to ignore the bad things in life, but I want to emphasize the good things.’ Buck made everything and everyone he touched better and happier. RIP my dear friend, my brother.”

Family friend Dustin Cravins added to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “It’s a tough one for us and the entire Zydeco community and the greater music community. Words like legend and icon are tossed around so much these days that it almost sounds watered down, but he was the true definition of it.

Stanley “Buckwheat Zydeco” Dural, Jr.: 14 November 1947 – 24 September 2016

Yes, I love zydeco! That might surprise some…but, those who REALLY look at and REALLY listen to the music that I post won’t be surprised at all. So, I’ll close this post with my three favourite Buckwheat Zydeco songs. He’s jamming with Jimi, David, Prince, and so many others…make that accordion sing!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. sepultura13
    Oct 02, 2016 @ 10:39:45

    We’re definitely in the rainy season, here…I’m surprised that there is some sunshine peeking out today, LOL
    I’d send some rain your way, but it would evaporate long beforehand…

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