On April 25, 2001 I wrote:
Salsa and Latin music are all the rage around the world, London, Japan and Europe loves the music. Some of the musicians are from East Harlem, Johnny Colon and Marc Anthony for example. We may even get a Salsa Museum on East 111th Street and Third Avenue. What is your favorite music, musician, band or song?
Diana Lopez replied:
My favorite music: all genres of cuban music, bomba y plena and old latin music (Palmieri brothers, Pacheco, Barretto, Tito Rodriguez, Puente, Tipica 73, Machito, Ismael Rivera, Pete El Conde Rodriguez etc..basically all the music from 60's and 70's and the palladium era)
I'm not to into the new salsa only for Gilberto SantaRosa and Marc Anthony.
And of course, the musicians from El Barrio.
Unfortunately, it's not heard that often on radio.
I heard the same thing recently, but I forget from where.
Someone was saying that local artist do not get the exposure
that they should, especially since they are creating
fantastic music. With no air play, they are less well known.
But I wonder if the internet can be of help here, allowing
local musicians to distribute their music via mp3? At
Where do you buy your records?
I must confess, (you are going to groan), I listen mostly
to rock and roll. I do have Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez,
and others, but that is mostly because my wife listens to
the spanish radio stations, so I get exposed to salsa when
she cleans and dances around the house on weekends.
I do love Santana, always have, since 1973. "Soul Sacrafice"
is my favorite song.
I must say Diana I am really quite surprise I am writing about
Salsa. My wife will bug out. Me, the Hard Rock head. But we
all have to start somewhere.
Diana Lopez replied:
There is a movement going on which is spearheaded by local latino musicians such as Jillian and Johnny Almendra from Jovenes del Barrio.
The issues from what I understand started with La Mega and Caliente not playing artists like the above and Johnny Colon and everyone else...from Pacheco to Palmieri.
Someone on La Mega asked who the heck was Johnny Colon? that statement brought on a whole debate on the music that is played and not played.
There were demonstrations outside La Mega and Gerson Borrero on WADO also had debates and callers voicing their opinions.
The musicians want their music heard not just on oldies day but everyday. I, of course, am biased, my preference is the old Latin music.
Anyway, I know the committee of musicians met last week, I don't know yet where they are with this....to be continued.
I usually buy my music in El Barrio Discount...116th St. and Park, Record Explosion, J & R Music World and for a rare piece I go to Casa Latina (not that often - too pricey)
Diana then added:
We must get you up on the Latin music. Your wife is right.
I grew up liking 50's Doo-Wop, 60's R&B (Motown), rock and I also like jazz, slow balads....BUT, I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED MY LATIN MUSIC and that also includes Trio music and Jibaro music(during the christmas holidays and other campesino music) you know ..."de las montanas venimos"....(I could'nt type the appropriate n over the above word) How do I do that?
Sooooooo Jose, not for nothing - what happened that you are more of a rockero?
Then I replied:
Its a long story, but basically I did not like being Puerto Rican
as a child. We used very middle class books in St. Cecilia's
which alienated me from anything Puerto Rican as a child.
John, Jean and Judy had a great house, a cat, a dog....
It made me feel so poor, etc...
The nuns at that time also told us we were dumb to the point
that half of the 1960 class (all latinos) were left back. We
fullfilled their expectations. I blamed it on being Puerto Rican
and kept away from anything Puerto Rican. Having gone to
Puerto Rico at that time did not help in that my family in the
mountains - Jibaros, used an out house, had no electricity or
running water. Needless to say, it was the fewest times in my
life that I went to the bathroom. A whole summer!
So my child mine associated Puerto Ricans with hillbillies and
decided I wanted no part of it. When the Beatles came out in
1964, I natrually gravitated to that. Have loved Rock and Roll
since. Also learned how to play the drums well as a teenager, my
goal then was to become a rock and roll star.
Now I know better, but still love Rock and Roll, there aren't
many drums used in Latin Music. But I do love the horn section
of latin music. Latin music is so full of sound!
Hope that explains my early love of Rock.