We will do this again. It’s a mix of friends which would normally not find themselves in the same room -- young professionals, bureaucrats, an artist who restores ancient stenciling in Merida’s hundreds of haciendas, palaces and townhouses, an editor and reporter for an online newspaper, American and European expats, and Mayan friends from the construction and restaurant industry.
Most of them profess to be Catholics - but I doubt it. And Casa Mexilio’s salon tends to be the most religious, with St. Teresa, Saint Paul, and the novicia from the Puebla black stole monastery adorning the walls and tables. Downstairs there are original pages ripped from the 13th C. Koran, and from a real Martin Luther bible. And pages from a 15th C. French Bible. There’s an original illuminated Renaissance manuscript made of the hide of some animal.
We speak politics tinged with sexual ornaments. And the desire to make a ’Salon’ like Gertrude’s will take time and effort and maybe some money.
------ The musical Salon is more factual than the literary one right now. And the next night to be filled with music at Casa Mexilio will be Roger’s birthday -- an all Spanish, mainly Andalusian composers, recital. “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” - maybe - but for sure is Enrique Granados’ ‘Goyescos'. The Phrygian dominant scale, also known as the Spanish gypsy scale and the Arab tone system of 24 tones penetrates Casa Mexilio's space with the works of DeFalla, Granados, Albeniz, Rodrigo and Tarraga .