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Pedro y Pimpollas in San Blas (Moonflower-Carlos Santana)

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Published on Mar 4, 2007

An instrumental song played in my favorite beach - San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico.

The musicians are Pedro and Manuel (Pimpollas). This is an interesting acoustic interpretation of the famous Carlos Santana song Moonflower (Flor d' Luna).

After a beautiful afternoon of music, food (shrimp ceviche - you can see the shrimp boat anchored out- talk about fresh!) and friends, this was recorded as we were getting ready to leave. On the marvelous beaches of San Blas there is a nice sea breeze all afternoon. Then, when the breezes subside - around 5 PM - the jejenes (no see ums) arrive. There is only about a 10 minute lapse between the first bite and a full on invasion. Thus the smoke from the palm and cactus clippings - and everyone squirming a little.

All of the kids are grandchildren of Lucia (the lady making the fire) and Federico. They have a ramada on the beach. Kids everywhere are a treasure - however- here in Mexico they are so happy and easy to be around (practically no whining (Ha).

If you get down to Puerto Vallarta you should plan at least a day trip to San Blas - 2 1/2 hours North. Be sure and stop in Wala Wala restaurant and tell Pedro "El Famoso" hello. Wala Wala is half a block from the town square.

For the musicologist:
This song was composed by Tom Coster (keyboard player 72-78 for Santana) who also co-wrote the song Europa. The song was featured on the 1977 double live album named Moonflower. The Moonflower CD would be the last Santana album to reach the top 10 in the U.S. until the release of Supernatural in 1999.

Peace,
Luis

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