Archive | January, 2013

Music students

28 Jan

Music Students


Send me the students who are failing their classes and are always getting in trouble. 

Send  the ones that need something positive in their lives,

something to look forward to when they go to school, 

somewhere where its ok to be out of your seat 

and let their instrument be loud for them. 

Send  the students that need discipline in their lives. 

Send  the ones that need music the most. 

Send me the students that need the positive recognition and attention in their lives. 

Man voices

23 Jan

My homie Zoila and I had a great conversation a while ago about “man voices.” Basically, its hard to find a man attractive when he has a thin “womanly” voice. Here is my top 15 “man voices” en español.


Miguel Bose – Como Un Lobo

I’m a pop fan. Its a huge relief to hear Miguel Bose bring a real man voice back into pop music. I’m sooo over high pitched male voices in modern radio. What makes him even better to look at? His openly flamboyant moves 🙂

or if you prefer the younger much more  flamboyant Miguel Bose

Ricky Martin – Tu Recuerdo

I remember listening to this song on the radio and thinking, “wow what a beautiful sensual song! Who is that singing? Ricky Martin?!” This song is absolutely beautiful and Ricky’s voice shows off its true musically experienced colors. I almost forgot about “La Vida Loca” with this song.

Traditional Pop

Jose Jose- El Triste

How can you not look or listen to someone with this voice? The women in this video were throwing flowers at him before he was half way done with this song. The crowd gave him a standing ovation and brought the judges to tears. Enough said.

Juan Gabriel – A Mi Guitarra (acoustic)

Any pop star that chooses to go live on stage with only his guitar deserves major accolades. When you have written thousands of songs for yourself and other artists, you just plain old kick ass as a legend.

Camilo Sesto- Jamas

He is freaky looking with his piercing blue eyes and intense gaze, but the man can sing and I know any woman growing up in the late 70’s would be all over this voice.

Raphael- Yo Soy Aquel

The man sings with so much emotion that he is almost jumping out of his skin. He represented Spain in the Eurovision vocal competition. What an interpretation of this song!

early Los Temerarios- Una Lagrima Mas

Please forgive their 70’s porn ‘stache and 80’s mullet. Angel’s voice is at its best with its breathy, light,  feel. No wonder all the girls scream for him at concerts.

Ranchera- Mariachi

Pedro Infante- Amorcito Corazon

He played the role of common Mexican people, never forgot his humble roots, AND he sang all kinds of love songs. The original male Jenni Rivera of the 1940’s.

Jorge Negrete- Mexico Lindo y Querido

It’s no wonder he is a Mexican legend. Not only was he a movie star, poster boy for being a true Mexican boy, but he also sang with a beautiful deep voice. A true singer at heart.

Javier Solis- El Pecador

In my opinion, the best of the male singers from the Mexican Golden Era. Not only can you feel his emotions, but his voice is absolutely beautiful. Its not whiny and annoying like Vicente Fernandez either. It has the right touch of masculinity.

Los Dandys- Gema

This is one of the few choices on here that include higher pitched males and a group of men. They are the choice when you want to serenade someone.

Pepe Aguilar- Por Mujeres Como Tu

A tall, real man that sings rancheras, mariachi and tamborazo without sounding too nasal. He sounds his best when he sings his dad’s songs.

Alejandro Fernandez- Abrazame

I’m not a fan of either Fernandez, but  his ability to convey emotion and combine romaticism, mariachi and love songs are awesome.

Latin Alternative

Gustavo Cerati- Ella Uso Mi Cabeza Como Revolver

The man has written some of rock en español’s masterpieces. His voice is indistinguishable anywhere he goes. Watch how he man-handles his guitar and makes it look like toy.

Clemente Castillo from Jumbo- Fotografia

I have had the pleasure and honor of not only seeing this band too many times, but also have my picture taken with Clemente. Le sigh…..

early Saul Hernandez – Matenme Porque Me Muero

So much going on in this live version with the one of the best bass players in the history of Spanish rock, the legendary lead guitarist in Alejandro Markovich, but Hernandez’s emo vocals are absolutly wonderful- almost prayer like. A shame they were lost to his throat cancer.

Zoe (Leon Larregui) – Soñe

Leon tries really hard to sound like Cerati- he sounds like a younger, 1960’s inspired singer with a highly developed vocabulary. This is the song that made me take Zoe seriously.


Events of 2012

1 Jan

The previous post on lessons and quotes I learned in 2012. This post is on important events in my life :

1. I got to start an after school music program from scratch. Its also the start of a bigger career dream which I hope takes off in 2013.

2. Health: I have been exposed to healthy eating and there is no turning back from it. Once you know you can’t ignore 🙂

3. Fitness: Sooo important in life!

4. Softball: When I was little, I dreamed of playing in a softball team. My parents never had any money to put me in a league or team even though I begged so much. In 6th grade I tried out for the school team and didn’t make the cut. In 7th grade, my PE coach saw how badly I wanted to be on the team and gave me a spot on the JV team. I played 7th and 8th grade softball with her as my coach and will forever be thankful for that opportunity. I didn’t make the team in high school so I turned to tennis. Almost 15 years later, my godmother asked me to join her softball team. Of course I sucked, but I worked hard and my team mates gave me advice. For about 3 years, I struggled making mistakes and striking out on a consistent basis. Then with the surge of health and fitness in my life, the softball pieces finally came together. I began to hit into the outfield for the first time in my life. I am the catcher that other teams fear because I’m so aware of where the runners are at all times. I began to be fearless: my scarred knees prove it. I ended December with a .350 batting average, a feat that even some of the best baseball players in the major leagues don’t achieve.

5. I got to play my guitar with great vocalist once again. Ahh former co-worker with the great voice: thanks for completing my once a year goal of playing my guitar with a great vocalist.

6. My Grandpa’s passing: This was extremely difficult on so many levels. However, I am thankful that he lived a complete life full of a rags to riches story. His later years were much more modest, but he was surrounded by family at all times. His funeral was extremely touching because of the tribute the town’s municipal government gave him and the overwhelming support and comradery from the town and family. On a brighter note: I met family members that I had never met before and was able to develop an extensive family tree from my grandfather’s side.

7. My sister’s wedding: It was intense craziness for about 6 months, but it was totally worth the smiles and good times and even tears.

8. My return to the day teacher world: At one point in 2010 and possibly 2011, I didn’t think this was ever going to happen again. It took me a while to even come to terms with teaching on my own again. I’m thankful for the school where I work for embracing me and making this a reality again. In addition, I was able to return “home” to SAHS as a teacher/performer. I love teaching music.

9. Mariachi Nationals conference at OCC: When Jose Hernandez (Mariachi Sol de Mexico founder, composer, producer), William Gradante (mariachi lecturer, textbook author and teacher), Joe Solis (Texas HS mariachi teacher), Marcia Neel (mariachi academic and textbook author),  Julissa (lead violin from Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles), and Alex and Rosa Ceja (Mariachi Capistrano – non profit) know who you are as you are walking around and even call you by your first name, life is good 🙂 My sister paid for half of my conference tuition for my birthday. I learned so much from these mariachi elite that I am still processing what I have learned.

10. Best birthday in a really long time. Friends and family that I cared about were a part of it. Plus see above.

11. Madonna/ Ana Tijoux/Cafe Tacuba/ Dodger game/ getting inked: Madonna = a childhood dream come true. My first memory playing an instrument is being at my cousin’s house learning to play a piano. My cousin taught me to read notes in 5 minutes and then showed me the opening 2 measures of Madonna’s “Material Girl” because that is the song that she was learning. Then I taught myself the rest of the line. So Madonna and I go back a while.

Ana Tijoux: Singing, rapping,  socially conscious, beauty, and telling a person from El Centro Cultural de Mexico that they are wrong and need to shut up. Hee hee. Awesome

Cafe Tacuba: All you can do is admire this group

Dodger game: That was awesome even with nose bleed section seats.

getting inked: see related post

12. Jenni Rivera/school violence/June 1st: School violence, lockdowns, and death got too close to home. Still dealing with this one, but all I can do is live life and always be aware of my surroundings.


I know 2013 is going to be an exciting year and I feel great going into 2013!

Quotes and Lessons Learned from 2012

1 Jan

Reflecting on 2012, these are a few quotes/lessons learned- in particular order

1. To be strong and stay away from the negative energy. I officially cut off some people from my life.

2. To savor every moment as if it were last breath on earth/enjoy and celebrate life whenever we can. Too many scary lessons through world, local, work and family events definitely nailed this home.

3. Humor goes a long way even if your sense of humor is different from everyone else. LOL!

4. It doesn’t matter how many times life knocks you down: its getting up that counts. Definitely a re-occurring lesson seen in “Rocky” movies, but especially popularized through Jenni Rivera’s death.

5. Yup I can be ghetto… you got a problem with dat?      Thank you fellow after school receptionist for helping me embrace that ha ha

6. Embrace change even though it can be hard to do so. Still working on this one.

7. “take the best and leave the rest”/ “lo que no sirve a la basura”, Yup!

8. do vs. talk ( practice vs. theory). The people that actually “do” are essentially the true geniuses because they act out on something. However, you can’t ignore the theory either because it definitely works as background knowledge.

9. Babies and dogs as inspiration because they do and act whatever makes them happy. I love my dog and I learn from my own kids 🙂

10. The true realization of who is important in my life even though deep down inside I have known who they were. This mainly includes friends, but even family has shown their true colors.