SOUNDTRACK: LA SANTA CECILIA-Tiny Desk Concert #327 (December 16, 2013).
As this disastrous presidency continues to dismantle all the goodness in our country, and as the liar who current resides in the White House continues to claim that those who disagree with him are enemies of the people (I mean COME ON), I wanted to share magazine covers that show that a majority of people (both inside and outside of our country) think that Trump is the real enemy.
Originally I planned to just run these covers with no comment. Then I heard this band La Santa Cecilia and decided that they needed to be put with these images.
La Santa Cecilia are from Los Angeles, California. “Some of us were born here some of us were brought here and we have a passion for traditional Latin American music; but we also love to rock n roll. We love blues and jazz. And we love to celebrate that diversity. And we love to celebrate where we come from and where we are.”
And unlike the hatred that we are inundated with: “La Santa Cecilia spreads joy every time its members plug in to do a show. They do it one dance step at a time, with cumbias, corridos, elegant mambos and plain old rock ‘n’ roll.”
La Santa Cecilia plays a traditional Latin American sounding music, although there is definitely a twist–lots of rock leanings. “Falling” is sung in English and it is beautiful and heartfelt. It’s also got a great guitar solo (and a cool little bass solo).
Introducing the next song, she says: “We’re proud to be from immigrant parents, to have been able to come to this country and to travel the world and share what this music is all about and that it is from the United States. And we just need immigration reform so we can all be able to travel. This is for all of the people who are out working in the kitchens in the beautiful strawberry fields.”
The song, “El Hielo (ICE)” is sung in Spanish. But in the middle she recites a passage in English that has become more relevant now. “Ice like snowmen in the wintertime; like ice cream under the summertime sun. Happiness. ICE: immigrations customs enforcement… and we never know when it will get… us.”
The final song returns to the joy. “Monedita” is happy song. “It’s Friday, lets dance.” It’s got a wonderfully upbeat melody from the button accordion.
This push to ban immigrants is short-sighted and ignorant. We are all from immigrants and immigrants have so much to offer. Even if it is music and happiness.
and more importantly
IMPEACH (and preferably IMPRISON) the racist hate mongerer. #ITMFA
It is not normal for our country’s president to be so despised, especially by our allies. It is not normal for our country to be humiliated by a man who spends more time on Twitter and then has the temerity to say ‘Nobody Knew Health Care Could Be So Complicated.’ Idiot.
So Democrats, Clinton earned 3 million more popular votes–do not cave to this White Power endorsing man who cares nothing for the citizens of this country.
And Republicans, stop putting your personal gains ahead of what is good and just. Supporting neo-Nazis, bigots, polluters, dismantlers of the foundations of our country will certainly come back to bite you on the ass.
This kind of reaction to a President is not normal. We are on the wrong side of history.
From The Economist:
From New York:
Women (and men of course), be strong. Rise up and resist!