Easter

When I think of Easter I think of all of the great times I had at my godparents’ ranch in Gilroy. The adults — my aunts and uncles — always ensured that Easter, and every holiday for that matter, was a sensational and memorable experience for us kids/cousins. We had potato sack races, contest-games, piñatas, …

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1982

A few weeks before Christmas in 1982 I had to make one of the most difficult decisions of my life — either buy Lionel Richie’s self-titled debut album, or Michael Jackson’s sophomore album, Thriller. I already owned Jackson’s debut album, Off The Wall, which produced a bunch of hits — including the post-disco anthems “Rock …

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Turn Down For What!

Last week it was Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen”; today it was Lakeside’s “Fantastic Voyage.” Who knows what tomorrow will bring? The beauty of songs is their unique ability to remind us of people and places that in some cases are deeply hidden in our memory banks. I love that about music! The Whispers’ “Rock Steady,” …

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Eli

Last night, the person whom my mom shared her life with for 27 years, passed away peacefully in his home state of Nayarit.He was affectionately known to some of the kids as Li-Li, but most of us called him Eli. He was a good and decent man, whom we’ll remember fondly. From the moment we met …

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The First Noel

One of the most well-known Christmas songs begins with these words: The First Noel, the Angels did say… Bing Crosby recorded it in 1949, Frank Sinatra in 1957, Elvis Presley in 1971, and the late great Whitney Houston in 2003. I don’t remember the first time I heard “The First Noel,” but thanks to the …

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