Una diva tica
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January 18th, 2010 – by: lindsaypo
Saturday night was amazing. Singing with a Costa Rican Jazz band lived up to all my expectations and more. When I arrived at the restaurant after my class around 6:30, the band was running late setting up and since I didn't even get to test out the sound equipment until about 7:15, I knew we wouldn't get started by 8. That's just how Ticoland is and you learn to love it. So María Rosa (the other singer) and I went to her house to get ready and came back for the show to begin only about a half an hour late.
Almost all of the people I care about most in Liberia came to the show, which really meant a lot to me. I had my gringo cheerleaders, Lindsay, Audrey and Cole there, a few of my students, and a few other friends.
The band played a set of songs with incredible piano, sax and guitar solos, then did three songs with María Rosa, then the song "Girl from Ipanema" with another friend of theirs, then another instrumental set with just the band, and then I sang "At Last," "Misty," "Smooth Operator" and "Summertime." They decided that the "spicy gringa" (as Lindsay, Audrey and I call ourselves) should close the show. It was the most fun I've had in a long time and that's saying a lot because I have been having a lot of fun here.
We all went out to a bar together afterwards and it was a fun gringo/tico mix. I'm sure I've said this before, but the people here are one of a kind. They are so genuine and I immediately feel welcomed whenever I meet new people. And there is this song, "Que bonita es esta vida," (the title of my last entry) that very accurately sums up Costa Rica. It's just about how life is short, but you have to spend it well and appreciate what you're given; hence the country's slogan, "Pura vida."
Tonight I went to Fabio's (the saxophone player) house to hang out with the band for a little bit, since the drummer (Didier) and the guitar player (Randy) both invited me separately. They were so complimentary and I'm so glad not only to be a part of the band, but also to have them as my new friends. I already feel so comfortable with them, even though I really only met them a few days ago. Time feels weird here. Sometimes the weeks feel like minutes and the days feel like months... But more the former than the latter.
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