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Besame Mucho

Winter gets pretty long in Toronto so I have escaped to warm weather on Isla Mujeres which literally translated means the Island of Women. History states that when a Spanish slave trader from Cuba  named Francisco Hernandez Cordova came to the island in 1517 looking for silver, gold and slaves he found temples, ruins, a few gold artifacts and statues of women; the Mayan goddess Ixchel and her daughter's and daughter in laws Ixchebeliax, Ixhunie and Ixhunieta. The island was supposedly a sanctuary for Ixchel who was goddess of the moon, fertility, medicine and happiness. At the ruins of what was believed to be her temple is where the sun casts its first light on Mexico as it rises each day. 

In 1940, there was a young Mexican female songwriter named Consuelo Velasquez who wrote one of the most popular recorded love songs of all times......

Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey?

Aside from teaching my Swingin’ Fitness program for older adults, I perform in a duo called “Fit as a Fiddle” mostly in and around Toronto. Our performances cater to the 55 plus crowds so we generally entertain at seniors residences, community centres, etc. Our shows vary depending upon the occasion but one thing we do is end almost every show with an old favourite written in 1902 by American composer and lyricist Hughie Cannon called “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey?”. It’s a fabulous upbeat tune that.........