Tom Hardy ignites the Gothic

Taboo, the new series with Tom Hardy, feeds my obsession with dark tales and makes me want to write them. It is one to be watched more than once. My husband and I just spent an entire weekend watching it. Four episodes through the show, we were thoroughly hooked, wondering frantically what brilliant clues, signs,…

The glory of ethnic music

On Sunday at the San Jose Jazz festival, my husband and I experienced a Ukranian group called Dakhabrakha. That was the undisputed highlight of the day! They call their genre “ethnos chaos” and played some powerful tribal rhythm music that included goblet drums, didgeridoos, accordeon, harmonica, flute, cello and a few other instruments I didn’t…