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November 1, 2020: Bonnie Cisneros - Missing My Muertos
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El Día de los Muertos has ancient indigenous roots in what is now known as México with rituals and iconography that evolved after the European conquest and subsequent colonialism. More recently, the sacred season has morphed even further due to Coco-fication (thanks, Disney), also known as the pizza effect, in the form of plastic calaveras and Day of the Dead-themed paraphernalia sold at dollar stores and high-end boutiques alike.
But the bottom line remains the same: this is the season when the dead come home.
The show will feature music I gathered from my own private playlist of grieving and healing. I am building a bicultural/bilingual ofrenda, an offering of songs, which represents my own personal muertitos whose absence still kill me, and whose yearly visitations are cause for pause and celebration.
|Selena & David Byrne||God's Child (Baila Conmigo)||Dreaming of You||1995||https://au.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/selena-dreaming-of-you-anniversary-14439/||0:00:22 (Pop‑up)|
|Oh, how I miss my rancho schoolteacher great-grandma, and my favorite tío, the fisherman, and my loco father who died alone in his easy chair, and my secret hero lover man, and my puro Mexicano grandpa who wept at Hank Williams’ songs, and my bad abuela who showed me where to look among the garbage and the flowers, and my sad clown tío who only recently joined this army of angels.|
|SAN CHA||Levanta Dolores||La Luz de Esperanza||2019||https://sheshreds.com/san-cha-debuts-levanta-dolores/||0:05:27 (Pop‑up)|
|Eric Burden & War||Paint It Black||The Black-Man's Burdon||1970||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTbvJ-bYPh8||0:08:02 (Pop‑up)|
|Los Panchos||Te Quiero Dijiste “Muñequita Linda”||Grandes Exitos del Trio Los Panchos Vol. 1||1958||https://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/grovemusic/view/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.001.0001/omo-9781561592630-e-1002262737||0:14:49 (Pop‑up)|
|Distance keeps me from visiting cemeteries and cleaning graves, and some of my muertos aren’t buried anywhere anyway, so that part of the tradition dies with me.|
|Grupo Santa Cecilia||50 Formas de Perder Tu Amor||Kung Fu Fighting||https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_de_México||0:17:08 (Pop‑up)|
|In San Antonio, the wind starts to shift around mid-October, and I feel this glittery feeling as I prepare to build a home altar that is a centerpiece of memory. The idea is to tempt the spirits, or at least remind them, of their former earthly delights. Photos, artifacts, favorite foods and libations to jog their senses, candles and cempasúchil (marigolds) to help them navigate the fog, water to parch the dusty thirst, and music, always music.|
|Nina Simone||Suzanne||To Love Somebody||1969||0:20:27 (Pop‑up)|
|Steve Jordan||Las Olas||La Camelia||1975||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jordan_(accordionist)||0:30:37 (Pop‑up)|
Ofrendas and altars are a way of sending signals through the wispy veil, but I like the idea that “Missing My Muertos” will be transmitted over radio and Internet waves. And then archived!
The songs themselves will flow out and mirror the now debunked, but still relevant, Kübler-Ross Five Stages of Grief, and I find it achingly appropriate that I use my airtime to acknowledge the dead and dedicate songs to them during the 2020 pandemic. Who didn’t feel denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and (finally, maybe) acceptance over the past months in quarantine?
|The Sir Douglas Quintet||At The Crossroads||Mendocino||1969||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp3hJV1Myw0||0:34:00 (Pop‑up)|
|Charles Bradley ft. Menahan Street Band||Heart of Gold||No Time for Dreaming||2011||https://daptonerecords.com/artists/charles-bradley/||0:38:35 (Pop‑up)|
|The Breeders||I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)||Divine Hammer EP||1993||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G95_TfSa0VA||0:42:46 (Pop‑up)|
|Hank Williams||I Saw The Light||The Complete Hank Williams||1948||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fCtwicHxG8||0:45:23 (Pop‑up)|
In my research I found that there is a proposed sixth stage: meaning.
Maybe I want my show to mean something in the face of all this loss.
Mainstream and subculture, American and Latinx, dead and living, women and men, we all lose what we love most, and that includes this earthly existence. The encroaching appropriation of a Mexican holiday with indigenous roots is only tapping into a universal, though long buried, part of life on earth. As Nick Cave and friends insist: death is not the end.
|Natalia Lafourcade||Que La Vida Vale||Que La Vida Vale||2018||https://www.npr.org/2018/10/09/654828028/natalia-lafourcade-is-the-21st-centurys-guardian-of-cultural-memory||0:47:21 (Pop‑up)|
|Julieta Venegas||Mis Muertos||La Enamorada||2019||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e10l1oGPBDU||0:50:33 (Pop‑up)|
|Los Bravos del Norte de Ramón Ayala||Un Puño de Tierra||Puño de Tierra||1988||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlI4unSKJzk||0:54:37 (Pop‑up)|