Ten years ago, little did I know that music plus paradise would equal my life. “La música es vida en La Cruz.” Randall Scott epitomizes all that’s great about retiring to Mexico.
He resurrected a hobby, giving back to all who enjoy and/or dance to the tunes he plays. It’s pretty typical to see musicians playing in multiple bands; Randall told me he loves playing with the Bay Roots, which includes a mixture of Mexicans, Canadians, and an American. They play music from all three countries in both English and Spanish. “We seem to start with ex-pat and tourist audiences, but the Mexican nationals like the Spanish content, and we can play to them all day as our singers know plenty of Mexican songs. We love harmonies and are proud of our mixture of music playing at a very funky palapa restaurant in the village of Playa Grande, on the banks of the Pitillal River on the edge of Vallarta, east of Costco every Sunday afternoon.”
One of my favorite nights is ‘open mic night’ at the Britannia Pub in La Cruz, where RandalI plays in the house band called ‘The Turn’ every Tuesday where musicians from all over the world visit with an instrument in hand; joining in or playing tunes of their own. Everyone is welcome to play or enjoy the music and dance; there are always lots of happy people dancing.
Randall and Andrea visited Mexico in the early ’90s and settled recently in La Cruz. As with most visitors, the attraction at first was the weather. Randall said, “Cold winters were losing their appeal, and the cost of living was significantly lower here than up north. Soon we grew to love the people and culture of the country. There is a real sense of community, and people seem truly happy with life. The rewards of waking up every day in this paradise include not owning a snow shovel or a furnace, an abundance of wonderful food, and cold drinks. I find it feels like going back in time when I am in Mexico. Things seem simpler, and it evokes my childhood.”
Upon moving to Vallarta, RandalI joined the Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra, now La Orquesta Sinfónica Vallarta. He plays woodwinds, usually the clarinet, and is looking forward to another season with them. Christmas Concerts in the area start around December 15, so keep your eyes peeled for those notices.
Randall exudes passion stating, “Creating music really moves something in me. When you get it right, it gives me goosebumps; it’s almost indescribable. That’s what keeps me coming back. A good year of music for me here is having some control over the choice of music. I like to find songs that are meaningful, that have a good beat and melody, and that are not overplayed.” He does just that, and I sure like all Randall plays, including the guitar, mandolin, sax, bass guitar, piano, and the Irish whistle!