Lhasa De Sela - Fool’s Gold (Live in Montreal)
This is such a beautiful performance by the late Lhasa De Sela.
I first heard of Lhasa through Lissette. Her and I once went record shopping to the Tower Records in Marina Del Rey. I had suggested to her that we get each other some records that we recommend to each other. I paid for all of it. One of her recommendations was Lhasa’s ‘La Llorona’ (1997). I must admit I was a bit selfish in that lil’ music project…I wanted her to get into what I had recommended her more so than what she had picked out for me. Some of her choices I just wasn’t that familiar with.
Eventually, I did give this a listen and I was hooked. We’d listen to it together sometimes. Once I started to appreciate her musical choices, I began to respect her too.
For the record, she never got into the Alkaline Trio record I bought her. Tom Waits’ ‘Mule Variations’ though, “hook, line and sinker.”
It saddens me the amount of views this video has. Spread/Reblog the hell out of this…after you watch it of course.
Restorations - “Civil Inattention” (Audiotree Session)
Being a parent isn’t always a walk in the park but everyone seems to agree on one thing - Seeing your kids happy makes everything totally worth it. #Truth #Colochito #Cornejito (at The Americana at Brand)
La Bamba - “Not My Ritchie” Scene
I watched La Bamba at the drive-in theatre when I was a kid. If I’m not mistaken, on the way home from watching the movie, our Volkswagen van broke down on us. So my memory of that night was not so much about the movie but about pushing the car all the way back home from just a few blocks from the house.
This scene was a “funny” scene to me as kid. It doesn’t mean I didn’t take the movie seriously though. I love this movie and so did pretty much everyone in my family except for my dad…he was more of a “Delta Force” kinda guy or “peliculas con aviones.” La Bamba was a movie we could watch over and over again by ourselves or all together. My brother and I would re-enact scenes in movies we loved so much, especially this one. I’m sure we had plenty of laughs about this scene in particular.
As I got older, and more emotional (I’m not gonna deny that I’ve gotten way more emotional), this scene got me choked up. It was probably one of the earliest moments that this happened actually. You know how it goes - you watch a movie you’ve seen a hundred times, it’s your safety net - you know what’s gonna happen and you can watch it liking it the same as you did when you watched it the first time. But not this time around. The scene was coming and I could sense a different feeling was looming. I was caught completely off guard. There was a knot in my throat and I couldn’t believe it. All those years of watching my mom cry at “babosadas” in movies and now it was happening to me. I was slightly embarrassed too…looking around to make sure no one saw me like if I was watching porn. But I understood that these weren’t “babosadas” anymore. These were real feelings and emotions that as we get older we understand a little bit more about…in this case death and a mother’s love for her child. They were things I could now relate to.
Now I understand why people weep over movies like “The Notebook” cept I’m not a Notebook type of guy…ponganme la de “Over The Top” o una de Sylvestre Estallone mejor.
The Moondoggies - Empress of The North (Live on KEXP)
I’ve been waiting for new material from The Moondoggies hoping they’d make the rounds again to Southern California so I can finally catch them live. Two or three years ago, at SxSw, I paid $15 to see them play 2-3 songs. They played a full set but I had to rush to an Audra Mae showcase for SideOneDummy which had an open bar. I took a gamble in hoping they’d play this song. They did not play it…or maybe they did but I was not around to see it. This video should hold me over until I finally do.
I’ve been listening to Murder By Death’s ‘Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon’ a lot lately. My favorite track from the album is “Lost River” and yesterday I found out they released a VIDEO for that song. So it’s a pretty much a tie between the song itself and the video that I can’t get enough of.
Kenny is 17 months old. This is him just a few days ago. He’s a big boy now and he continues to be awesome (sorry, it’s a parent thing…your kid will always just be like the awesomest kid ever).
To completely update you on everything Kenny would require too many paragraphs (and I’m at work right now…ssshhhh). This picture sums up Kenny for now. He’s a happy kid. He loves his mami and daddy and he loves Mickey Mouse too. He loves both his grandmas. His mom dresses him up in cute lil’ outfits (like the one above) and dad…well…dad still hasn’t learned how to dress HIMSELF in any decent looking outfits so that’s that.
More on Kenny soon…
I know…I know. Soon.
Growing up, I didn’t have cable. I had my cousin, who did have cable, record this for me on an old VHS Tape. If someone would have told me that I’d be able to watch this on YouTube 17 years later, I wouldn’t have recorded over my mom’s novela so I can watch all the performances from the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.
I must have watched this performance like 70 times.
Local Natives - Columbia
Currently one of my jams. We could all learn a little something from the lyrics to this beautiful song.
Ohhh, every night I ask myself
Am I loving enough?
Patricia, every night I’ll ask myself
Am I giving enough?
During the release of Flogging Molly’s Float back in 2008, I found myself having conversation in the SideOneDummy kitchen with guitarist Dennis Casey. It was a great conversation and if I could be completely honest, it was probably the first time anyone in any band actually gave a fuck to talk to the guy who made sure they had records to sell out on the road. The warehouse guy gets no respect, I tell ya.
So Dennis and I were having this conversation and he asked so many questions. He was genuinely interested in my upbringing, growing up in South Central Los Angeles and what kind of goals I had for myself. He asked that exact same thing, “What do you want in life?”
What do I want in LIFE? Man…way to drop a heavy one on me, Dennis. My brother has asked me that before and I’m really not sure who was harder to answer (impress), a stranger or my brother. I think they were equally as difficult but we’re talking about the conversation Dennis and I had so I’ll stick with that.
My answer was an insanely cheesy one but one that I truly meant: to be a great husband and a great dad and be a happy old man. Dennis said, “That’s it? What else do you want? Like…in your life?” I gotta admit, I kind of took offense to his reply. I thought, “What more do you want man? That’s what I want. I feel dumb now.” But later on that night I knew what he meant. He meant, how am I going to make all that possible? That’s something I’m still struggling with and working on. If I were to say that where I’m at now is where I see myself in 10 years from now, then I got some serious issues.
However, that’s really what I do want in life: to be a great husband to Lissette and a great father to my kids. To see my wife happy with our life and our children. To see my children have kids. To be a happy grandfather. One of the great ones where my kids tell me that all their kids wanted was to come see Grandpa and Grandma. That’s really what I want. But there’s hard work to be put into that.
Growing up, I witnessed a hustle like no other. My father worked his butt off to make sure his kids had all they needed. He wasn’t the perfect father but as a grown man, I can recognize and appreciate all his “esfuerzos.” As a 30 year old man, my brother is my new motivation. At times I think, “Damn…my brother is set. He’s taken care of business and he’s got it made.” Then I hear him talk about not being done, forever striving for better things. I honestly feel I’ve missed a step. Despite having such great examples in the Cornejo bloodline, like I’ve missed a step…maybe many. But it’s never too late and I’ve taken a personal vow to change for the better. My wife makes me happy. My son makes me happy. But my current state doesn’t make me happy.
Nothing’s changed, but a change is desperately needed. If that makes any sense.