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S1 E14 | FULL EPISODE

A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt at The Soraya

Aida Cuevas, La Marisoul, Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and special guest David Hidalgo from Los Lobos pay tribute to the legend Linda Ronstadt with performances of “Desperado,” “Por un amor,” “When Will I be Loved,” “Los Laureles” and many more filmed at San Fernando Valley’s performing arts center The Soraya on the California State University, Northridge campus. Plus, an interview with Lin

AIRED: November 18, 2020 | 0:56:05
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ANNOUNCER: MAJOR FUNDING FOR

THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY: A

GRANT FROM ANNE RAY FOUNDATION,

A MARGARET A. CARGILL

PHILANTHROPY; THE CITY OF

LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF

CULTURAL AFFAIRS; AND THE RALPH

M. PARSONS FOUNDATION.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING WAS PROVIDED

BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR

THE ARTS AND THE LOS ANGELES

COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND

CULTURE.

[PIANO PLAYING "DESPERADO"]

WOMAN: I FEEL LIKE I DIDN'T

KNOW--I DIDN'T KNOW LINDA

RONSTADT'S MUSIC, LIKE,

SOMETHING THAT WAS SUPER

FAMILIAR WHEN I WAS GROWING UP,

YOU KNOW. LIKE, I DON'T THINK

THAT, YOU KNOW--THERE WAS

NOT--THERE WASN'T, LIKE,

RECORDS, YOU KNOW, OF HERS AT

HOME. MY MOM JUST LISTENED TO

THE RADIO, AND MY DAD WAS

ALWAYS, LIKE, SCRATCHING THE

GUITAR AND SINGING AND PLAYING

REALLY BAD, BUT--SO THERE WAS

ALWAYS MUSIC, AND I WAS A TV KID

FROM THE EIGHTIES. I WAS

WATCHING ALWAYS, LIKE, TV, AND I

REMEMBER WATCHING--IT WAS, LIKE,

A TV SHOW, AND I SAW THIS WOMAN

DRESSED IN, LIKE, A VERACRUZANA

OUTFIT, YOU KNOW, AND IT

WAS LINDA, AND SHE WAS

TALKING--YOU KNOW, TALKING ABOUT

"CANCIONES DE MI PADRE,"

AND THAT'S WHEN I

HEARD HER, AND I THOUGHT,

"OH, WOW, THAT'S BEAUTIFUL."

LINDA: ♪ LO VI PARTIR

MARISOUL: I WAS GROWING UP

IN THAT MUSIC. I WAS--

YOU KNOW, I THINK I

STARTED SINGING, LIKE, WHEN I

WAS AROUND 10

WHEN I SAID, "I

WANT TO SING. I WANT TO LEARN A

SONG," AND WHAT I LEARNED WAS

MEXICAN MUSIC. MY MOM TAUGHT ME

HOW TO SING MUSICA MEXICANA

ENTONCES. THAT'S HOW I HEARD

LINDA FIRST THROUGH "CONCIONES

DE MI PADRE." AND THEN I KNEW

HER BECAUSE OF ALL OF HER POP

HITS LIKE, YOU KNOW, LIKE

"YOU'RE NO GOOD" AND

"DESPERADO,"

AND I FEEL LIKE SHE'S BEEN

AROUND, BUT IT WASN'T TILL LATER

WHEN I FELT REALLY INSPIRED BY

MEXICAN-AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT

HAVE MADE MUSIC HERE, YOU KNOW,

LIKE, FROM LALO GUERRERO OR LOS

LOBOS. YOU KNOW, BEING ON THIS

MUSICAL JOURNEY, I FEEL LIKE YOU

NEVER STOP LEARNING AND TRYING

TO LEARN, RIGHT, MORE ABOUT WHO

YOU ARE AND WHY DO YOU MAKE

MUSIC LIKE THIS? AND I FEEL

LIKE DEFINITELY

LINDA HAS BEEN

LIKE A DISCOVERY FOR ME

ON THIS JOURNEY TO SEE "WOW.

LIKE, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT

SHE WAS MEXICAN-AMERICAN,"

RIGHT? I SAW HER WHEN I WAS

A KID ON TV, BUT LATER ON, YEARS

LATER, I REALIZED THIS IS A

WOMAN THAT CONQUERED, YOU KNOW,

LIKE, AMERICAN POP MUSIC AND

COUNTRY ROCK MUSIC, AND THEN SHE

CAME BACK HOME. SHE CAME BACK TO

THE ROOT, YOU KNOW, AND I FEEL

LIKE, MAN, THAT'S SUCH A--THAT'S

SUCH AN INSPIRATION, YOU KNOW,

AND I JUST I WANTED TO CELEBRATE

HER. I WANT TO CELEBRATE THAT

BECAUSE MAYBE THERE'S A LOT

OF OTHER PEOPLE THAT ARE

YOUNGER THAN ME NOW THAT

MIGHT NOT KNOW

AND ONE DAY MIGHT LOOK BACK AND

BE LIKE, "WAIT A MINUTE. THERE'S

ARTISTS LIKE LINDA RONSTADT THAT

HAVE BEEN DOING THIS, YOU

KNOW, CROSS FADING

OR GOING BACK AND FORTH AND

ALWAYS RETURNING HOME."

LINDA: ♪ FUI A IMPLORAR

[WOMAN SPEAKING SPANISH]

LINDA: ♪ LLORAR

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

AIDA: ♪ LA HUASTECA

ESTA DE LUTO

SE MURIO SU HUAPANGUERO

YA NO SE OYE AQUEL FALSETE

QUE ES EL ALMA DEL TROVERO

MARISOUL: ROGACIANO

SE LLAMABA

ROGACIANO EL HUAPANGUERO

Y ERAN SONES DE LA SIERRA

LAS CANCIONES DEL TROVERO

BOTH: LA AZUCENA Y LA CECILIA

LLORAN, LLORAN SIN CONSUELO

MALAGUENA SALEROSA

AIDA: YA SE FUE

MARISOUL: SU PREGONERO.

AIDA: OOH

EL CANAL ESTA EN SU PUNTO

HOY COMIENZA LA MOLIENDA

EL TRAPICHE ESTA DE DUELO

Y SUSPIRA EN CADA VUELTA

MARISOUL: POR LOS VERDES

CAFETALES

MAS ALLA DE AQUEL POTRERO

HAY QUIEN DICE QUE DE NOCHE

SE APARECE EL HUAPANGUERO

BOTH: LA AZUCENA Y LA CECILIA

LLORAN, LLORAN SIN CONSUELO

MALAGUENA SALEROSA

AIDA: YA SE FUE

BOTH: SU HUAPANGUERO ♪

MARISOUL: WELCOME. WELCOME,

LINDA. WELCOME, AIDA, TO

THIS--WELL, I WOULD LIKE TO

PRETEND THAT WE'RE ALL TOGETHER

HERE AT THE SORAYA. CAN WE

PRETEND THAT WE'RE, LIKE,

SITTING HERE--

LINDA: WISH WE WERE IN MY

LIVING ROOM DRINKING TEA.

MARISOUL: OH, EVEN BETTER.

MAN, I'M JUST HAPPY.

I'M HAPPY THAT WE GET TO PLAY

MUSIC. I'M HAPPY THAT WE GET TO

HONOR YOU, AND YOU SANG SO MANY

BEAUTIFUL SONGS, YOU KNOW WHAT

I MEAN? LIKE, IT WASN'T HARD

TO--WELL, I GUESS IT WAS HARD

TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SO MANY

AMAZING SONGS THAT YOU'VE

RECORDED IN YOUR LIFE.

LINDA: MEXICAN SONGS ARE SO

MUCH BETTER THAN THE SONGS I

WAS GETTING IN ENGLISH. I KEPT

SAYING--I'D GET A SONG. I GO, "I

KNEW A BETTER SONG WHEN I WAS

4, YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS A KID.

I KNEW THERE WERE BETTER SONGS."

AIDA: SI.

LINDA: A LOT OF THOSE SONGS I

DIDN'T EVEN EVER LISTEN TO

RECORDS OF. I JUST HEARD MY

FAMILY SINGING THEM, SO I HAD

TO DO A LOT OF WOODSHEDDING TO

TRY TO CATCH UP BEFORE I

RECORDED. I DIDN'T KNOW--I KNEW

THE SONGS TO SING A HARMONY OR

PART OF A CHORUS, YOU KNOW, BUT

I NEVER KNEW WHERE TO FIND ALL

THE LYRICS AND STUFF LIKE THAT

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID. LIKE A

SONG LIKE "A LA ORILLA DE UN

PALMAR," I ONLY EVER HEARD MY

GRANDFATHER SING IT.

THE REASON I WANTED TO DO IT IS

BECAUSE I HAD WANTED TO DO IT

SINCE I STARTED SINGING AND

WANTED TO RECORD IN SPANISH,

BUT THE RECORD COMPANY WAS

NEVER INTERESTED. BY THAT TIME,

I HAD ENOUGH HITS THAT I COULD

JUST TELL THEM "THIS IS WHAT

YOU'RE GETTING. TAKE IT OR

LEAVE IT," AND I KNEW THE SONGS

WERE GOOD. I THOUGHT THE SONGS

WERE MUCH MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN

THE SONGS THAT I WAS GETTING IN

ENGLISH, IN AMERICAN POP MUSIC.

IT WAS KIND OF DURING A LULL

THERE IN THE EARLY EIGHTIES, AND

I JUST WANTED TO SING STUFF THAT

WAS REALLY MEANINGFUL TO ME.

I WANTED TO CLAIM THAT PART

OF MY FATHER. WHEN WE WERE KIDS,

I THOUGHT SPANISH WAS THIS

LANGUAGE YOU SANG IN AND

ENGLISH WAS THE LANGUAGE YOU

SPOKE IN. SO I HAD TO HAVE

THAT PART OF--MY SINGING STYLE

WAS REALLY MORE INFLUENCED BY

MEXICAN MUSIC THAN IT WAS BY

BLUES OR BLACK CHURCH, WHICH

IS WHAT MOST POP MUSIC IS

INFLUENCED BY, SO I HAD TO LEARN

IT SO THAT I COULD SO THAT I

COULD RIDE ON IT, YOU KNOW?

MARISOUL: LINDA, AND WHAT

WAS--LIKE, WHAT MOTIVATED YOU

TO, LIKE, JUST TO SING SO MANY

GENRES? LIKE, I MEAN, TO ME,

IT'S LIKE A--IT'S A HUGE--LIKE,

THAT IS, LIKE, REALLY AWESOME

BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THE SAME...

[SPEAKS SPANISH]

THIS LIKE I FEEL THE SAME,

LIKE, "OH, I WANT TO TRY THIS,

I WANT TO TRY THAT, I WANT

TO"--YOU KNOW? LIKE, WAS IT

JUST LIKE THIS IS HOW I HAVE IT

PLANNED OR WHAT?

LINDA: NO, I DIDN'T

PLAN ANYTHING.

MARISOUL: WHAT WAS IT?

LINDA: I DIDN'T PLAN. WHEN I

WAS A LITTLE KID, ALL THAT

MUSIC WAS IN MY HOUSE. MY

BROTHER WAS A BOY SOPRANO. HE

WAS THE SOLOIST IN A BOYS

CHOIR. HE TOURED THE WORLD. MY

GRANDPARENTS WERE OPERA LOVERS,

SO I USED TO GO OVER TO THEIR

HOUSE. THEY'D BE PLAYING IT AND

SINGING IT ON THE PIANO, OR

THEY'D BEEN PLAYING THE, YOU

KNOW, THE SATURDAY BROADCAST OF

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, OR

THEY'D BE PLAYING RECORDS OF

THE OPERAS, SO I GOT A LOT OF

THAT, AND THEN THERE WAS THE

STANDARDS. MY MOTHER AND MY

FATHER BOTH SANG THEM, STANDARDS

IN ENGLISH. MY DAD SANG SONGS IN

SPANISH, AND MY SISTER SANG

COUNTRY SONGS WITH HER GUITAR.

SHE LOVED HANK WILLIAMS. IF I

DIDN'T HEAR IT BY THE AGE OF 10,

I DIDN'T TRY TO DO IT.

SO I ALWAYS HAD A HARD

TIME WITH ROCK 'N' ROLL.

I DIDN'T LEARN IT UNTIL

I WAS A LITTLE BIT OLDER.

I TELL THEM YOU TRY TO CONNECT

MUSICALLY WITH THE PEOPLE THEY

CAME FROM, THEIR GRANDPARENTS

AND THEIR PARENTS. SEE WHAT IS--

IF YOU LEARN THE TRADITIONS,

YOU CAN LEARN TO BREAK THEM IF

YOU WANT TO. YOU CAN'T BREAK

THEM VERY WELL IF YOU DIDN'T

LEARN THEM TO START WITH, AND

KIDS, WHEN THEY LIKE TO SAME

SONGS, WHEN THEY LEARN THOSE

DEEP TRADITIONS OF THE MUSIC,

THE DANCING AND THE SINGING AND

THE PLAYING, ALL 3, WHEN THEY

GROW UP LATER, THEY HAVE MUSIC

THEY CAN USE TO CELEBRATE THEIR

LIVES AND EXPRESS THEIR EMOTIONS

AND SOCIALIZE WITH THEIR

FRIENDS AND RECONNECT TO THEIR

GRANDPARENTS. IF THEY WANT TO

CHANGE THE MUSIC AND MAKE IT

DIFFERENT WHEN THEY'RE OLDER

AFTER THEY LEARN THE TRADITION,

THEY CAN DO IT, HAVE THE

MUSICAL TOOLS FOR IT, AND MUSIC

DOESN'T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE FOR

PERFORMING. THERE'S PRIVATE

MUSIC THAT'S JUST FOR PEOPLE AT

HOME. EVERYBODY SHOULD SING

THEIR OWN MUSIC, AND THEN YOU

HAVE PEOPLE THAT GO ON THE STAGE

AND PERFORM. THEY'RE THE HEROES.

THEY'RE SORT OF MODELS THAT

YOU CAN FOLLOW, BUT IT SHOULDN'T

KEEP YOU FROM HAVING YOUR

OWN PRIVATE MUSIC AT HOME.

MARISOUL: [SPEAKS SPANISH]

I FEEL LIKE THAT'S HOW I'M WITH

MY DAUGHTER. I HAVE A

4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

[SPEAKS SPANISH]

SHE'S GROWING UP HERE IN THE

UNITED STATES, AND OF COURSE,

SHE INFLUENCED BY THE CARTOONS

AND THE MUSIC AND THE, YOU

KNOW, THINGS THAT SHE WATCHES,

AND I'M ALWAYS LIKE ON THE SIDE

JUST TRYING TO LIKE, "HEY.

LIKE...

[SPEAKING SPANISH]

I WANT TO TEACH HER, AND

SOMETIMES, SHE'S LIKE, "MOM"--

LINDA: TEACHER THE JARANA.

THAT'S IMPORTANT.

MARISOUL: YEAH. I MEAN, I'M

TRYING TO, BUT SHE'S 4, SO,

YOU KNOW, IT'S--LIKE, I'M

TRYING TO, LIKE, GET HER INTO

IT, PERO ESTA--BUT IT'S

DIFFICULT, BUT I THINK IT'S

LIKE A MISSION FOR ME AS A

PARENT, NO, TO SHARE WITH

HER TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND FOR

HER TO UNDERSTAND THAT.

[SPEAKS SPANISH]

MY LOVE LANGUAGE, NO?

[SPEAKS SPANISH]

THROUGH MUSIC AND THROUGH

TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND...

LINDA: RIGHT. SHE'LL GET IT.

THEY ABSORB IT, AND THEN THEY

APPLY IT IN WAYS THAT ARE

SURPRISING TO YOU THAT YOU

WOULDN'T THINK THEY WOULD USE

IT. I'VE GOT A QUESTION FOR

AIDA. WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU

WERE GOING TO BE A SINGER? HOW

OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU KNEW YOU

WERE GOING TO SING?

AIDA: TRES ANOS DE EDAD.

LINDA: YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT. ME,

TOO. I BET--WHEN DID YOU

KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO

SING, MARISOUL?

MARISOUL: YOU KNOW WHAT? LIKE.

EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER, ALL

I WANTED TO DO WAS BE A SINGER,

SO, LIKE, I MEAN, I CAN'T SAY

WHAT AGE, BUT THAT'S ALL I

WANTED TO DO. THAT'S ALL I

WANTED EVER SINCE LIKE--I NEVER

WANTED TO BE A BALLERINA OR A

DOCTOR. NO.

LINDA: ME NEITHER.

MARISOUL: LIKE, I DIDN'T KNOW

HOW I WAS GOING TO DO IT, BUT I

WAS JUST GOING TO--WHETHER I

WAS GOING TO SING BUSKING ON

THE STREET OR ON THE STAGE, I

JUST WANTED TO SING.

LINDA: SPEAKING FOR MYSELF, I

SING FOR THE SAME REASON A BIRD

SINGS. THEY CAN'T KEEP

THEMSELVES FROM IT. I CAN'T NOT

SING. I MEAN, I JUST COULDN'T

DROP IT OUT OF MY MOUTH. I

WOULD HAVE HAD TO TAPE MY MOUTH

SHUT TO KEEP IT FROM SINGING. I

COULDN'T NOT SING.

AIDA: ♪ POR UN

AMOR

ME DESVELO Y VIVO APASIONADA

TENGO ON AMOR

QUE EN MI VIDA DEJO

PARA SIEMPRE

AMARGO DOLOR

POBRE DE MI

ESTA VIDA MEJOR

QUE SE ACABE

NO ES PARA MI

POBRE DE MI

POBRE DE MI

CUANTO SUFRE MI PECHO

QUE LATE

TAN SOLO POR TI

POR UN AMOR

HE LLORADO GOTITAS DE SANGRE

DEL CORAZON

ME HAS DEJADO

CON EL ALMA HERIDA

SIN COMPASON

POBRE DE MI

ESTA VIDA MEJOR

QUE SE ACABE

NO ES PARA MI

POBRE

POBRE DE MI

POBRE DE MI

CUANTO SUFRE MI PECHO

QUE LATE

TAN SOLO

POR TI ♪

MARISOUL: ♪ FEELIN' BETTER

NOW THAT WE'RE THROUGH

FEELIN' BETTER

'CAUSE I'M OVER YOU

I LEARNED MY LESSON

IT LEFT A SCAR

NOW I SEE HOW YOU REALLY ARE

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

BABY, YOU'RE NO GOOD

I'M GONNA SAY IT AGAIN

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

BABY, YOU'RE NO GOOD

I BROKE A HEART

THAT'S GENTLE AND TRUE

WELL, I BROKE A HEART

OVER SOMEONE LIKE YOU

I'LL BEG HIS FORGIVENESS

ON BENDED KNEE

I WOULDN'T BLAME HIM

IF HE SAID TO ME

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

BABY, YOU'RE NO GOOD

I'M GONNA SAY IT AGAIN

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

BABY, YOU'RE NO GOOD

I'M TELLIN' YOU, BABY

THAT I'M GOING MY WAY

TELLIN' YOU, BABY

THAT I'M LEAVIN' TO STAY

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

BABY, YOU'RE NO GOOD

I'M GONNA SAY IT AGAIN

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

BABY, YOU'RE NO GOOD

I'M GONNA SAY IT AGAIN

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

BABY, YOU'RE NO GOOD

I'M GONNA SAY IT AGAIN

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

YOU'RE NO GOOD

BABY, YOU'RE NO GOOD ♪

AIDA: ♪ AY, QUE LAURELES

TAN VERDES

QUE FLORES TAN ENCENDIDAS

SI PIENSAS ABANDONARME MEJOR

QUITAME LA VIDA

ALZA LOS OJOS A VERME

SI NO ESTAS COMPROMETIDO

ERES MATA DE ALGODON

QUE VIVES EN EL CAPULLO

AY, QUE TRISTEZA ME DA

CUANDO TE LLENAS DE ORGULLO

DE VER A MI CORAZON

ENREDADO CON EL TUYO ♪

[SPEAKS SPANISH]

[SPEAKS SPANISH]

♪ ERES ROSA DE CASTILLA

QUE SOLO EN MAYO SE VE

QUISIERA HACERTE UN INVITE

PERO LA VERDA NO SE

SI TIENE QUIEN TE LO EVITE

MEJOR ME SEPARARE

POR "AI" VA LA DESPEDIDA

CHINITO POR TUS QUERERES

LA PERDICION DE LOS HOMBRES

SON LAS BENDITAS MUJERES

AQUI TERMINIDO CANTANDO

LOS VERSOS DE LOS LAURELES ♪

[FIDDLE PLAYS]

[DRUMSTICKS TAPPING BEAT]

MARISOUL: ♪ I DON'T WANT

YOUR LONELY MANSION

WITH A TEAR IN EVERY ROOM

ALL I WANT'S THE LOVE

YOU PROMISED

BENEATH THE HALOED MOON

BUT YOU THINK I SHOULD BE HAPPY

WITH YOUR MONEY AND YOUR NAME

AND HIDE MYSELF IN SORROW

WHILE YOU PLAY

YOUR CHEATING GAME

SILVER THREADS

AND GOLDEN NEEDLES

CANNOT MEND THIS HEART OF MINE

AND I DARE NOT DROWN

MY SORROW

IN THE WARM GLOW

OF YOUR WINE

YOU CAN'T BUY MY LOVE

WITH MONEY

'CAUSE I NEVER WAS THAT KIND

SILVER THREADS

AND GOLDEN NEEDLES

CANNOT MEND

THIS HEART OF MINE

SILVER THREADS

AND GOLDEN NEEDLES

CANNOT MEND

THIS HEART OF MINE

AND I DARE NOT DROWN

MY SORROW

IN THE WARM GLOW

OF YOUR WINE

YOU CAN'T BUY MY LOVE

WITH MONEY

'CAUSE I NEVER WAS THAT KIND

SILVER THREADS

AND GOLDEN NEEDLES

CANNOT MEND

THIS HEART OF MINE

SILVER THREADS

AND GOLDEN NEEDLES

CANNOT MEND

THIS HEART OF MINE ♪

I FEEL LIKE MEXICAN MUSIC,

COUNTRY MUSIC, NORTENO MUSIC, I

MEAN, I FEEL LIKE WE'RE ALL

RELATED, YOU KNOW? AND THERE'S

SO MANY MORE SIMILARITIES TO US

THAN THERE ARE DIFFERENCES, AND

I FEEL LIKE MUSIC IS ALWAYS A

GREAT EXAMPLE OF THAT, OF WHEN

YOU MIGHT MAKE SOMETHING THAT

MIGHT SEEM A LITTLE BIT STRANGE

WHEN YOU SEE IT, AND THEN WHEN

YOU HEAR IT, YOU CAN FEEL THAT

IT'S LIKE, NO, IT WAS--THEY GO

RIGHT THERE, RIGHT ALONG WITH

EACH OTHER. SO IT WAS DEFINITELY

A TREAT, AND I HAD NEVER REALLY

SANG, LIKE, COUNTRY MUSIC, SO

FOR ME, IT'S LIKE GETTING OUT OF

MY OWN COMFORT ZONE AND TRYING

SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING

DIFFERENT. I MEAN, I THINK THAT

DEFINITELY LINDA IS AN ARTIST

THAT DOES PAVE THE WAY FOR

PEOPLE AND MUSICIANS LIKE ME,

YOU KNOW, THAT ARE BI-CULTURAL,

THAT ARE MEXICAN-AMERICAN, THAT

WE VERY MUCH LOVE TO EXPERIMENT,

AND WE ARE VERY MUCH AMERICAN

AND WE LOVE TO ROCK 'N' ROLL,

AND WE LOVE TO SWING, AND

WE LOVE ALL THAT STUFF, BUT

WE ALSO LOVE OUR HERITAGE,

OUR ROOTS, YOU KNOW, OUR MEXICAN

MUSIC, OUR TRADITIONS SO, YEAH,

TO BE ABLE TO FOLLOW IN THE

FOOTSTEPS AND SEE THAT, LIKE,

HEY, THERE WAS AN AMAZING

SINGER--THERE'S AN AMAZING

SINGER LIKE LINDA RONSTADT WHO

WAS SO FREE ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO

DO IT AND TO DO IT SO WELL, YOU

KNOW? THERE'S SO MANY OF

MY PEERS OF

MUSICIANS THAT ARE NOW IN

MARIACHI BANDS THAT ARE

LIKE, "WHAT WAS THE FIRST

RECORD YOU HEARD THAT GOT

YOU INTO MEXICAN MUSIC?"

WELL, IT WAS LINDA RONSTADT

"CANCIONES DE MI PADRE."

THAT'S WHY I GOT INTO MARIACHI

MUSIC. THAT'S WHY I'M A

MARIACHI. I KNOW MANY, MANY

MUSICIANS LIKE THIS ENTONCES. I

FEEL LIKE ARTISTS--LIKE, THE

PATH AND THE ADVENTURE THAT AN

ARTIST LIKE LINDA TAKES, NO, THE

RISKS THAT SHE TAKES ARE THINGS

THAT WE CAN BENEFIT FROM NOW IN

THE FUTURE, NOW THAT WE'RE HERE,

NO, TO DO WHAT WE WANT AND TO

PLAY MUSIC HOWEVER WE WANT AND

TO BE IN IN THOSE TWO SIDES, AND

THAT IS AMERICAN MUSIC. FOR

SURE, THAT IS AMERICAN MUSIC,

AND I'M ALSO SINGING A

SONG WITH DAVID HIDALGO,

NO, AND THE SONG'S CALLED

"SOMEWHERE OUT THERE,"

AND THAT'S ANOTHER TIME WHEN I

HEARD LINDA THAT I DIDN'T KNOW I

WAS LISTENING TO LINDA RONSTADT,

AND I WAS--YOU KNOW, LIKE I

WATCHED THE "AMERICAN TAIL"

CARTOON MOVIE WITH FIEVEL WAS

THE LITTLE MOUSE WHO GOT LOST ON

HIS WAY TO AMERICA, TO

THE UNITED STATES, AND HE

GETS LOST. HE GETS SEPARATED

FROM HIS PARENTS, AND HE'S

TRYING TO FIND--THAT IT'S THE

STORY OF THIS LITTLE CHILD MOUSE

WHO'S TRYING TO FIND HIS FAMILY,

AND I LOVE THE SOUNDTRACK,

AND IT WAS A BIG HIT. WE'RE

DOING A MEXICAN MARIACHI VERSION

OF "SOMEWHERE OUT THERE,"

AND IT'S A NEW WAY OF TELLING

THIS STORY, BUT IT'S ALSO,

I FEEL LIKE--IT'S MY WAY OF KIND

OF LIKE REMINDING US, LIKE,

THESE ARE THE KINDS OF STORIES

THAT WE CAN TELL. WE CAN TELL

STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE COMING

TO THE UNITED STATES TO

FIND OPPORTUNITIES. WE CAN

TELL STORIES ABOUT FAMILIES

REUNITING, NO, AND GROWING AND

LIVING IN PEACE, OR WE CAN

TELL STORIES LIKE THE ONES WE'RE

TELLING NOW, NO, WHERE WE HAVE

KIDS IN CAGES, WHERE WE'RE

SEPARATING FAMILIES, AND THAT'S

A STORY THAT AMERICA AND THAT

THE UNITED STATES IS ALSO

SHARING WITH THE WORLD. SO I

JUST WANTED TO, LIKE, REMIND

EVERYONE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL, YOU

KNOW, STORIES THAT WE GROW

UP, YOU KNOW, WATCHING,

LEARNING FROM, OUR STORIES,

OUR AMERICAN STORIES. UM...

WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO TELL

THESE STORIES, THESE, YOU KNOW,

AND STOP CREATING THESE STORIES

OF HATE THAT WE SEE SO MUCH NOW.

[PIANO PLAYING]

♪ SOMEWHERE OUT THERE

BENEATH THE PALE MOONLIGHT

SOMEONE'S THINKING OF ME

AND LOVING ME TONIGHT ♪

PLEASE WELCOME DAVID HIDALGO!

DAVID: ♪ SOMEWHERE OUT THERE

SOMEONE'S SAYING A PRAYER

MARISOUL: THAT WE'LL FIND

ONE ANOTHER

IN THAT BIG SOMEWHERE OUT THERE

DAVID AND BAND: AND EVEN THOUGH

I KNOW HOW VERY FAR APART WE ARE

IT HELPS TO THINK

WE MIGHT BE WISHING

ON THE SAME BRIGHT STAR

MARISOUL: AND WHEN

THE NIGHT WIND STARTS TO SING

A LONESOME LULLABY

IT HELPS TO THINK

WE'RE SLEEPING

UNDERNEATH THE SAME BIG SKY

BOTH: SOMEWHERE OUT THERE

IF LOVE CAN SEE US THROUGH

THEN WE'LL BE TOGETHER

SOMEWHERE OUT THERE

OUT WHERE DREAMS COME TRUE

BAND: AND EVEN THOUGH I KNOW

HOW VERY FAR APART WE ARE

IT HELPS TO THINK

WE MIGHT BE WISHING

ON THE SAME BRIGHT STAR

MARISOUL: AND WHEN

THE NIGHT WIND STARTS

TO SING A LONESOME LULLABY

IT HELPS TO THINK

WE'RE SLEEPING

UNDERNEATH THE SAME BIG SKY

BOTH: SOMEWHERE OUT THERE

IF LOVE CAN SEE US THROUGH

THEN WE'LL BE TOGETHER

SOMEWHERE OUT THERE

OUT WHERE DREAMS

COME TRUE ♪

[DAVID HUMMING]

[MARISOUL HUMMING]

MARISOUL: ♪ SOMEWHERE

OUT THERE

OOH, OH ♪

HA HA HA!

MAN: CUATRO, TRES, DOS, UNO.

AIDA: ♪ MIRO COMO ANDO MUJER

POR TU QUERER

BORRACHO Y APASIONADO

NO MAS POR TU AMOR

MIRA COMO ANDO MI BIEN

MUY DADO A LA BORRACHERA

Y A LA PERDICION

TU

SOLO TU

HAS LLENADO DE LUTO

MI VIDA

ABRIENDO UNA HERIDA

EN MI CORAZON

TU

SOLO TU

ERES CAUSA DE TODO

MI LLANTO

DE MI DESCANTO

Y DESESPERACION

BAND: MIRA COMO ANDO MUJER

POR TU QUERER

AIDA: SOLO TU SOMBRA FATAL

SOMBRA DE MAL

ME SIGUE POR DONDEQUIERA

CON OSTINACION

Y POR QUERERTE OLVIDAR

ME TIRO A LA BORRACHERA

Y A LA PERDICION

TU

SOLO TU

HAS LLENADO DE LUTO

MI VIDA

ABRIENDO UNA HERIDA

EN MI CORAZON

TU

TU, SOLO TU

ERES CAUSA DE TODO

MI LLANTO

DE MI DESCANTO

Y DESESPERACION ♪

♪ ARRIEROS SOMOS

Y EN EL CAMINO

ANDAMOS

Y CADA QUIEN

TENDRA SU MERECIDO

VA SA VER

QUE AL FIN DE TU CAMINO

RENEGARAS

HASTA DE HABER NACIDO

SI TODO EL MUNDO

VENIMOS DE LA NADA

Y A LA NADA

POR DIOS

QUE VOLVEREMOS

ME RIO DEL MUNDO

QUE AL FIN NI EL ES ETERNO

POR ESTA VIDA

NOMAS NOMAS PASAMOS

TU ME PEDISTE

AMOR Y YO TE QUISE

TU ME PEDISTE MI VIDA

Y TE LA DI

AL FIN DE CUENTAS TE VAS

PUES ANDA VETE

QUE LA TRISTEZA

TE LLEVE IGUAL

QUE

A MI

TU ME PEDISTE

AMOR Y YO TE QUISE

TU ME PEDISTE MI VIDA

Y TE LA DI

AL FIN DE CUENTAS TE VAS

PUES ANDA VETE

QUE LA TRISTEZA

TE LLEVE IGUAL

QUE

A MI

ARRIEROS SOMOS

Y EN EL CAMINO

ANDAMOS ♪

[PLAYING "DESPERADO"]

MARISOUL: THE SONG "DESPERADO"

FOR ME, LIKE, JUST REMINDS ME A

LOT OF MY DAD, YOU KNOW, AND,

YOU KNOW, LIKE, MY DAD PASSED

AWAY ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF

AGO, AND HE IS, LIKE, MY

BIGGEST INSPIRATION, LIKE, MY

BEST FRIEND, BUT HE WAS ALSO

ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT,

LIKE--THAT, LIVE HARD, PLAY

HARD, YOU KNOW, AND ONE OF THOSE

BEAUTIFUL LIGHTS THAT DON'T

LAST TOO LONG HERE BUT THAT

SHINE BRIGHT, NO, AND I FEEL

LIKE SINGING "DESPERADO"

WAS THE WAY OF--WAS MY

WAY OF KIND OF LIKE...

[SPEAKS SPANISH]

BUT, MAN, WHEN I HEARD THE

SONG, AND I JUST FELT

LIKE--LIKE, I FEEL LIKE I GUESS

I NEVER TOLD HIM THAT, LIKE,

THAT HE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN CARE

OF HIMSELF, THAT HE SHOULD

HAVE, LIKE, SAVED A LITTLE BIT,

YOU KNOW, FOR US, NO, ENTONCES.

THAT'S WHY I WANTED TO SING

THAT SONG, AND IT WAS HARD TO

SING, BUT IT FELT SO GOOD, TOO,

BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE--LIKE, I'M

LETTING SOMETHING OUT, YOU

KNOW. I'M LETTING MY OWN HEART,

LIKE, CRY OUT, NO?

[PIANO PLAYING]

♪ DESPERADO

WHY DON'T YOU COME

TO YOUR SENSES?

YOU'VE BEEN OUT RIDING FENCES

FOR SO LONG NOW

OH, YOU'RE A HARD ONE

BUT I KNOW THAT

YOU'VE GOT YOUR REASONS

THESE THINGS THAT

ARE PLEASING YOU

WILL HURT YOU SOMEHOW

DON'T YOU DRAW

THE QUEEN OF DIAMONDS, BOY

SHE'LL BEAT YOU

IF SHE'S ABLE

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS

WAS ALWAYS YOUR BEST BET

WELL, IT SEEMS TO ME

SOME FINE THINGS

HAVE BEEN LAID

UPON YOUR TABLE

BUT YOU ONLY WANT

THE THINGS

THAT YOU CAN'T GET

DESPERADO

YOU KNOW, YOU AIN'T

GETTING YOUNGER

YOUR PAIN AND YOUR HUNGER

ARE DRIVING YOU HOME

AND FREEDOM

OH, FREEDOM

WELL, THAT'S JUST

SOME PEOPLE TALKING

YOUR PRISON IS WALKING

THROUGH THIS WORLD

ALL ALONE

DON'T YOUR FEET GET COLD

IN THE WINTERTIME

SKY WON'T SNOW

AND THE SUN WON'T SHINE

IT'S HARD TO TELL

THE NIGHTTIME

FROM THE DAY

YOU'RE LOSING ALL

YOUR HIGHS AND LOWS

AIN'T IT FUNNY

HOW THE FEELING

GOES AWAY

AY

DESPERADO

WHY DON'T YOU COME

TO YOUR SENSES?

YOU'VE BEEN OUT RIDING FENCES

OPEN THE GATE

IT MAY BE RAINING

BUT THERE'S A RAINBOW

ABOVE YOU

YOU BETTER LET SOMEBODY

LOVE YOU

LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU

BEFORE

BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE ♪

[HUMS]

LINDA: THAT'S A REAL GREAT

COMPLIMENT COMING FROM YOU,

BOTH OF YOU.

MARISOUL: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

I GET EMOTIONAL BECAUSE IT'S

LIKE I GET TO SHARE THIS MOMENT

WITH BOTH OF YOU, YOU KNOW, AND

I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU,

LINDA, FOR YOUR TIME WITH US,

AND YOU KNOW WHAT? MOSTLY JUST

FOR SHARING YOUR VOICE WITH ALL

OF US AND YOUR MUSIC AND YOUR

EXPERIENCE AND YOUR EXPRESSION,

YOU KNOW, WITH ALL OF US AND

FOR US TO BE ABLE TO LEARN AND

TO CONTINUE, TO CONTINUE TO

SHARE OUR CULTURE, OUR MUSIC,

AND TO EXPLORE OURSELVES, YOU

KNOW, AND I THANK YOU FOR

TEACHING US.

LINDA: WELL, I LEARNED FROM

YOU, TOO. I LEARNED FROM BOTH

OF YOU. IF YOU COME TO SAN

FRANCISCO, YOU HAVE TO COME FOR

TEA.

MARISOUL: WE WILL, WE WILL.

AIDA: [SPEAKS SPANISH]

MARISOUL: BYE, LINDA!

AIDA: BYE, LINDA, BYE.

MARISOUL: STAY IN TOUCH.

HASTA LUEGO.

AIDA: DIOS TE BENDIGA.

[PLAYING "SOMEWHERE OUT THERE"]

BAND: ♪ AND EVEN THOUGH

I KNOW HOW

VERY APART WE ARE

IT HELPS TO THINK

WE MIGHT WISHING

ON THE SAME BRIGHT STAR ♪

♪ AND EVEN THOUGH

I KNOW HOW

VERY APART WE ARE

IT HELPS TO THINK

WE MIGHT WISHING

ON THE SAME BRIGHT STAR ♪

ANNOUNCER: MAJOR FUNDING FOR

THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY: A

GRANT FROM ANNE RAY FOUNDATION,

A MARGARET A. CARGILL

PHILANTHROPY; THE CITY OF

LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF

CULTURAL AFFAIRS; AND THE RALPH

M. PARSONS FOUNDATION.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING WAS PROVIDED

BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR

THE ARTS AND THE LOS ANGELES

COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND

CULTURE.


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