Gettin' Back in the Mix

Sometimes you're in, sometimes you're out, but the World continues to turn

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: May 11, 2005

Gettin' Back in the Mix

After a brief hiatus, I'm back in the mix. Gracias for all e~mails! My people are THE BEST!!!!!!!!!

Trying to avoid sounding negative, and just plain pissed off, I took a breather to refresh my mind and soul. But Aztlan calls, and I can't stay away.

In L.A., gas prices continue to hold us all hostage. Prices of homes pretty much insure that the generation coming up will probably not be able to buy a home unless they win the lottery or inherit.

Although the media is being kept on a tight leash in the Middle East, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, and we are still losing our brave young warriors.

If this was a war for oil, as early protestors insisted....we're losing! I hate to say that, and I never intend to disrespect our brave young people in uniform or their families...politics have always left a bad taste in my mouth, so I try to avoid them at all costs, no matter the forum.

We're looking at possibly having our first Latino Mayor in the Land of 1000 Dances, and the dirt is flying! I hate when that happens.

Reminds me of the time when we got our first Latino Sheriff in L.A., and powers that be tried to get everybody to vote for a dead white guy instead, remember?

Ahhh well, so much for the negative...

...On the good side, the Brown sound of Aztlan continues to rock the house around the World, and ain't no better tonic than a deep trago from the fountain of youth that is Music, especially the Chicano flavor!

Lowriding is really big in Japan. Chicano Oldies & slow ballads are increasingly popular in Europe. Tejano music is again on the rise in the U.S., Mexico, Central & South America, with some attention on the East Coast 10 years after the death of Tejano Queen Selena. Tony "Ham" Guerrero and a host of legendary Tejano music artists are staging a huge benefit concert May 15th in San Angelo, Texas, for one of our own in a most gracious show of love and respect.(for 411, write to CrazyChuy@Chicanoexpress.com)

The weather is getting better, and there's no better time to step out and enjoy the home grown music de Aztlan, to refresh your soul, and keep you connected with the Gente.

Groups like SATISFACTION, THE EAST L.A. REVUE ALL STAR BAND, CHICO, SOTO, SANGRIA, NUESTRO, MESTIZO, MALO, WAR, and TIERRA continue to keep the Land of 1000 Dances alive & thriving with beatiful Chicano music, reminding us all that despite the current shape of our World, we are in it together as generations before , and since we can't change it, let's at least live in it con ganas y ritmo!

Hector & Miroslava Gonzalez's and Jimmy Velarde's successful promotion of the documentary movie "The West Coast, East Side Sound" has been making the rounds at Southern California Universities with great success, opening eyes of a younger generation that hitherto thought the music world was open , democratic, fair, and when considering Chicanos, old! Ha! Suprise, suprise! (www.Xispas.com got word!!)

My show, The 2nd Time Around, Texas' Crazy Chuy Hernandez's Chicano Express Radio, and newcomer Ray "Malo" Roybal's (http://www.hometown.aol.com/balloonswt) internet shows continue to re-affirm that Chicanos and Chicano music are a force to be reckoned with, keeping the Brown sound alive & well, with little or no Corporate support.

This website, LatinoLA.com, continues to be country's loudest voice of Aztlan , keeping those of the Brown persuasion aware, informed, educated and entertained on OUR terms, with increasingly more readers outside of the Continental U.S.~ I have received e-mails to prove it! I am ever so proud to be in the company of the many contributing writers who have spread the Chicano ~ Latino perspective around the globe.

Rick "THEE MR." Duran continues to show the World what Chicanos got on his ever successful Internet TV Show. Te aventastes, Carnal! You da man, homie!

Like I said, the weather is gettin' better, the music is there, the Gente are there, and there's no better way to enjoy and endure the vissisitudes of life than to step out and enjoy life on life's terms. OUR terms... music, dancing, and good times...the way only we know how! What are you saving it for?

...Frankie Firme's back on the road! Spread the word!! And keep LatinoLA.com on your favorites! It's BROWN thing, baby!!

About Frankie Firme:
Frankie Firme spins the finest Chicano Oldies & Latin Soul Music on the World Wide Web. website: http://www.frankiefirme.50megs.com.e~mail: FrankieFirme@yahoo.com

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