In some contexts, the American idiom “to lay an egg” has a quite negative connotation. One example would be your humble scribe’s occasionally lame attempts at levity. They have been known, albeit rarely, to fall a smidgen short of the mark. (Hey, they can’t all be winners!) But if the layer in question is a goose and the layee is a egg made of solid gold, then that is a fowl of an entirely different sort. (See Aesop’s Fables – The Goose With The Golden Eggs) As I hope you are discovering, Hotel El Ganzo has an entire roost full of golden eggs lying about to be gathered.
In case you are just catching up on this subject, I recently made a trip to Los Cabos, Mexico, a destination that never disappoints. Since returning home, I have published a couple of posts about my experience which you can find either by simply scrolling down or . . . should scrolling sound way too grueling . . . by clicking here. We pick up the thread by plucking a few more golden eggs from the El Ganzo nest (to soft scramble a few metaphors).
Without a doubt one of the most unique features of this hotel is the Artist in Residence program mentioned in the previous post. One key aspect of that program is the musical arts component. When you walk in the main bar/restaurant area adjacent to the lobby, you might overlook this nondescript door built into the floor assuming it leads to some dank storage facility. In actuality, it leads to a state of the art recording facility that is overseen by Mark Rudin who carries the twin titles of Music Director / Studio Manager. Mark shoulders the weighty responsibility of vetting potential artists to ensure that the quality of their musicianship meets El Ganzo’s exacting standards. (Speaking of musicality, I am what is known in Texas as a prison singer. “I never can find the key and I’m always behind a few bars.” See reference to “laying an egg” above.)
As I understand the program, invited artists arrive at the hotel’s doorstep at their own expense, whereupon they are afforded accommodations, airport transfers (or access to the dock if they came by fishing trawler) and a generous meal allowance They have access to the studio as well as Mark’s talented assistance as needed. In turn, they are expected to record music which El Ganzo has the right to upload on their YouTube site.
In addition, they are required to perform at a live concert on the hotel’s rooftop on a Saturday evening. People flock like geese (what else were you expecting) to experience these concerts. The hotel offers a cover charge that includes all the music, margaritas and mojitos you care to consume. Mark has just created a “trailer” that gives you a sampling of the stunning work created by these talented and widely diverse artists which you can access here. I highly recommend you pour yourself a cup of java or glass of wine (as you prefer), kick back and listen to this amazing assembly of versatile artists. I should caution that this may well lead to you wanting to hear the collection in its entirety which you can do by clicking here.
Before we conclude this segment, I thought you might enjoy seeing some more works from the visual arts side of the program which resides in the capable hands of well-known art and fashion curator Luzma Moctezuma. No less an authority than the sales manager, Miriam Reuter, tells me that they are working on an inventory of all the art work. You will be able to learn more online about the piece, as well as the artist who created it.
I promise in the next post to provide you links both to my own library of pictures taken on my recent visit as well as a whole raft of pictures professionally done. It shouldn’t prove too difficult to tell which are which! In the meantime, here is a link to a great promotional video.
If you are wondering why I don’t just post the links to the pictures now, it is because I am being very naughty and feeling the need to create a compelling reason for you to come back here again soon. You have yet to visit the enchanted garden or to glide across the shimmering waters toward the shade-drenched oasis or to gaze out to sea from the towering ramparts. All in due time, dear reader, all in due time.