Sometimes we are caught up with a hectic schedule that we forget to take time to chill, jam, sing along, or dance to some good music! Below are some song suggestions and jams I have been in to this August! Very random, but enjoy!
Hello Desert of my Eye readers! I am happy to announce that Desert of my Eye will be expanding across the Southwest desert! There are many reasons for this. Mostly because of personal changes in my life, but it also gives me the opportunity to talk about other people and subjects on this site.
My main focus will always be la frontera of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, but this expansion will also allow me to spread my message about la frontera as I meet different people across the Southwest.
I will not be posting as often, but I will be providing different types of content! If anyone has any suggestions for topics/artists/bands/restaurants let me know! As I have mentioned before, my main focus is to bring a positive light on la frontera whether it be through art, music or the culture there.
However being that la frontera is in the Southwest, it has some things in common with other cities across the beautiful Southwest desert, which brings me to the Seven Magic Mountains located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Throughout my life I have heard people say stuff like, "the desert is so hot and boring", or "it' only sand and cactus" or "it just looks brown". It's comment like those, which make me think "am I crazy for loving the desert, loving every cactus, loving every nopal, loving every sunset or any little details of it?"
I mean it's all a matter of preference, but I think that there is something so beautiful and peaceful about it. Today, as I drove towards the Seven Magic Mountains I could not help, but be mesmerized by the clear blue sky and the desert landscape. As I got closer to this art installation called the Seven Magic Mountains, I could not help but be in awe at how these colorful neon rocks contrasted with the desert background. There where people from all over to see these very cool rocks. It's honestly not only a pretty sight, but it's also the perfect spot for a nice Instagram picture. There were some people that were definitely ready for the "gram".
If you are driving past Vegas, I definitely recommend that one stop here. It's a nice spot to really take a nice picture, but also reflect on one's life journey.
Can't wait to see this site grow! Thanks for understanding!
La Tocada Music Festival was a wonderful experience. It was filled with happiness and nostalgia. I got to see bands whom I grew up with like Cafe Tacvba, Molotov, and Panteon Rococo. They immediately transported me to a time when I used to cry over the song "Eres" even though I had not experienced my first heartbreak or the times I had to listen to Molotov in secret because my jefa did not approve of it. Regardless, I know I was not the only one that was having a good time. It was an event for the whole family and there were all kinds of ages present enjoying the same music.
The all-Latino line up was phenomenal. It was like a tennis match. It was one band after the other, as soon as one finished playing the other one started. Fans waited to see their favorite band or (like me) went from one stage to the other! All whilst that was going on, food trucks were all over the L.A Historic Park, merch was being sold, dj's were playing, and cold beer was being served in the designated areas. It was truly a wonderful experience full of many highlights.
Molotov was the first band to begin playing that day and it set the tone right for the rest of the day. Despite the heat, people gathered around and sang classics of theirs like "Frijolero", "Marciano" and "Time The Power".
Jesse and Joy had a wonderful surprise when they brought out Mon Laferte to sing "Ya No Quiero" with them only to be followed by their first hit, "Espacio Sideral". It was all the good vibes needed for that hot afternoon. Meanwhile that was going on, families and friends also gathered around to see the live lucha libre that was going on nearby. It was part of the magic of the festival.
Speaking of magic, Little Jesus brought all the magia to their set. Their music is such a feel-good music that it doesn't matter whether one has not heard them before, it is a great set! This is my third time seeing them and they never disappoint. It's always refreshing to see them.
Another highlight of the day was Mon Laferte and her mind-blowing voice. She dazzled the crowd, mostly singing songs off her hit album, "La Trenza". The chemistry she has with her band and the crows is great. Mon Laferte can bring a feeling and happiness and heartbreak with her music and it's part of why the crowd (including myself) can feel a connection to her and her music.
Porter played a solid set. They played both old songs and songs off their album, "Moctezuma". David Velasco's was undeniably angelic. He brings such a unique energy to Porter and the crowd went nuts as they reminisced and sang along songs like "Host of a Ghost" and "Murcielago". Porter's new album is set to be released this fall, I can only imagine how much better their shows will get with every new concept they bring in.
There is no denying Panteon Roccoco also brought todo el power when it came to their set. As soon as they played their first song, people freaked and started dancing! There was a sea of people jumping up and down to their favorite Panteon songs and it was truly a wonderful sight. It's a remineder of how powerful music is. People all of a sudden dropped what they were doing and took a moment to dance or jump around.
Last but not least, Cafe Tacvuba was the wonderful close needed for a festival like that. Most of the people present either grew up listening to them or have listened to them at some point in their life. They are a house-hold name at this point in their career. It was great to see people turning towards each other and sing along to Cafe Tacvba. It was the right atmosphere to end an amazing day.
There is no doubt that La Tocada was a success and a great event. Whether one traveled to go there or it was a weekend plan, it is something one will cherish for the rest of their lives. Some of my best memories revolve around music and I know I will cherish my memories at this festival.
Growing up I always used to admire murals, whether they were in El Paso or anywhere else. Something I noticed was that a lot of graffiti murals were signed C/S, but I never knew what it meant and no one ever told me. Years passed and I didn't think about it's mysterious meaning until last year when I went to Los Angeles and saw some of the murals. Sure enough some of them had the C/S. Not only that, but I read a book called Drink Cultura by José Antonio Burciaga and it has a chapter dedicated to Con Safos. He signs off every chapter with an C/S. That is when I learned it's meaning.
No one knows the exact origin of Con Safos or who was the first to use it, but it is used a lot in graffiti. Con Safos literally means "with safety". "It was meant as a safety precaution, a barrio copyright, patent pending." (Burciaga, 1993) Con Safos is like an honor code or even an "amen". In other words it means "anything you say against me will bounce back to you." (Burciaga, 1993) In literature, the C/S is also more of that of an "amen."
Burciaga does a good job of explaining it, I finally understand why it's so important. Every time I see one, I smile back in respect. I hope everyone can one day why it is important: both symbolically and culturally.
Burciaga, J. A. (1993). Drink Cultura. Santa Barbara, CA: Joshua Odell Editions.
The phrase above is something that I have heard all my life, however, I feel like I have been hearing it more often. Honestly, ever since starting this website I can't keep up with events on both sides of the border! This past weekend the Festival Sin Fronteras took place at Juárez and I could not go because there is so much going on, which is why I have a "problem" with that statement. If you ever find yourself thinking "there is nothing to do" then I have a few suggestions that way you and your friends are connected to different events and/or activities going on on both sides of the borders:
The list can go on! If you still feel like there is nothing to do, then DM us at @desertofmyeye for suggestions!! Thank you and enjoy!! Hope this helped a little. -Pao.