WIND, CHAMPAGNE, and GUITAR MAGIC are the words I would use to sum up the amazing night that Josh and I had at Restaurant Vista Del Paraiso on Saturday, February 12th, 2011 when we attended a Live Classical Guitar Concert (for the first time EVER!)
For the 3rd year in a row, my good friend and college, Debbie Bishop invited an Exceptionally Talented Guitar Prodigy by the name of DAVID COTO to bring a bit of Culture to our little jungle world..(Thank You! Deb..) Debbie first introduced David to Nosara 3 years ago when she invited him to play his beautiful latin melodies at her Vista Del Paraiso (View of Pardise) Restaurnt in Nosara Costa Rica, when a musician friend of David’s recommended to Debbie that she check out his credintials. Debbie, (as do most listeners) fell in Love with Davids Charm and his incredible talent and tells me that she’ll keep having David come play year after year.. “as long as he will continue to come! “”
I was truly thankful for this Concert because of the few (if any) opportunities that I have in Nosara to get a taste of some real artistic culture. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’ve got monkeys and hummingbirds outside my window, but art and Culture…Not so much
I arrived to Vista Del Paraiso just after sunset (which is absolutely stunning BTW) to find a most elegant scene of concert goers enjoying a delicious gourmet meal under the soft sublte glow of crystal strung lighting.. I began my evening with a wonderful glass of Red Wine (I’m sure you are all shocked) and was surprised fortunate luck (or skill?) of being allowed to sample a small portion of Debbie’s Coconut Broiled Sea Bass Filet before I even placed an order for my meal.. (WOOOHOO) The Sea Bass was scrumptious as I am sure you can imagine, but I was in more of a poultry mood and since I like variety, (spice of life and all) and since Josh and I
never order the same thing, I proceeded to order the Texas Fried Chicken while Josh decided upon the Herb Stuffed Pork Loin – I don’t see how we could go wrong with ANY of those choices. You? Well then we’d both be right because, Man they were both a sight for sore tounge… The Chicken was HUGE and never seemed to end with the added bonus of having NO BONE…(Debbie later told me it was a half order) – Then Josh;s stuffed pork loin was tender and delightful…. So the evening began with a tremendous BANG!!!!
This time of year in Guanacaste Costa Rica usually brings with it gusty winds that whip around for a few weeks causing havoc, but this year, the wind has been pretty tame…. UUUUUUNNNNntil the night of the Guitar Concert that is..(Pura Vida) The wind on the night of the concert was HOWLING, blowing over chairs and nearly my wine glass too (EEEEHHHHH GHAST!) Those Gusty Winds didn’t phase David one bit, he was awesome.
I will be the first to admit that I don’t know much about Classical Music, much less Classical Guitar Music…..even though I WAS first chair saxophone in my middle school band…Yup, that’s FIRST CHAIR baby…booyaw!!! So, Despite the lack of musical knowledge in my repatoir, I know good sound when I hear it and when I listened to David play effortlessly his Beautiful Guitar. I could almost picture myself walking down the cobblestone streets of Spain..(ooohhhh someday) it was inspirational to say the least.
David is 23 Years Old (Going on 60) and was nice enough to speak with me while he, himself, enduldged in Debbie’s unreal Texas Fried Chicken. David told me that he’d been playing guitar since age 11, ”well 5 really…” he told me.. Why the huge gap?? Well, David’s Father played guitar, and when David was age 5 he asked his father if he could learn to play, but David is left handed where his father is right handed… His father (being the supreme parenting being that I would be) said, I’m not switching over the strings to left handed, it is too much trouble.. “” After 6 YEARS of BEGGING to play – David’s dad had the divine inspiration to tell him he’d have to learn to play right handed…..And David, of course, learned to play right handed … (Show off!!!)
I LOVE David.. (truly) He’s talented and this man GETS IT.. Music is his passion, his life and HIS JOB, and David admits that someday when he has a family, he may not be able to perform for a living, but for now…He’s taking the ride… David has won numerous competitions and recognition, but when I asked him how he began competing, he told me that he didn’t personally agree with the way competitions judge a person’s interpretation of a piece of music, but that they are a great way to gain recognition in the music world.. And since Costa Rica isn’t exactly the Mecca of Classical Music – musician’s like DAVID COTO need these competitions in order to be acknowledged.. Competitions….accompanied by INSANE Talent and Ability.. David Assured me that my tiny child-like hands would be able to learn to pluck the guitar the way that he did ïf I just practiced… I don’t think that there is not enough hours in the day, week, month, year or ETERNITY that I could ever play like DAVID COTO, but I certainly appreciated his effort to tell me I could… (Someday David, Someday)
I thoroughly enjoyed this evening at Vista Del Paraiso where over 40 guests attended and were mesmerized by David’s performance. I had to wonder why more people don’t go to Vista Del Paraiso for dinner, amazing view, amazing food, amazing EVERYTHING .. BUT I also remember my heydays in Pelada with my restaurant El Fenix where NO ONE knows where the heck you are in Nosara Costa Rica … So HEEEEEEEERE is my announcement people…VISTA PARAISO RESTAURANT…GET THERE… Incredible View, Restaurant, Chef, Champagne, Lobster, Chicken the size of your head, Embiance……… you NAME IT…
As a side note to cap off my elegant evening with David… he asked me my favorite Nosara Question “What is going on tonight Marcia?”- Funny you should ask David…. Why, it is Saturday night and we are headed to Tropicana DiscoTeque (my favorite dance spot in the Jungle..) David’s response quickly was “do you need a ride??…..And I knew that this was the beginning of a long and wonderful friendship.….
Stay tuned for more from David Coto in 2011, He will be organizing and hosting a Guitar Festival in San Jose in May which I plan on attending… For more information go to the Voice of Nosara article on David…..or David’s Personal Facebook Page…… AND then get yourself up TO VISTA DEL PARAISO RESTAURANT and eat some delicious food…..My recommendation? Texas Fried Chicken BABY…..tell Debbie Marcia sent you… She’ll treat ya right…
Special thank you to Pinar Istek from Voice of Nosara for lending me her Photographic Genious for the pictures on this blog… Thanks Pinar..