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An Unsung Ode to Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 1971-1995

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An Unsung Ode to Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 1971-1995: An unapologetic celebration of  Selena from an alternate space; a cloistered garden where silences have talismanic powers to heal – CRX

[With Music]


I have pondered the death of  Selena in the listless hours between remembrance and oblivion and come to the conclusion – the inescapable conclusion – that Selena will live forever because she represented something in all of us that did not die in the weening  hours of March 31st, 1995.

Beyond skepticism, beyond cynicism,
Selena was the incarnation of goodness
That lives,  moves and has its  being amongst men;
The every-woman with the heart of gold
Who refused to see evil until the very end.

Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 15 Years Later – Still “Una Mujer Del Pueblo”: “She never forgot she was Chicana. She never forgot she was Tejana,” ( 15th anniversary celebrant, March 31, 2010)

She will live forever because she represented
the joy of youth  that gives without stinting:

“When she laughed,
she laughed harder
Than anyone I knew.
And when she cried
She cried harder
Than anyone I knew.”
(Christopher Perez)
The one she called
“El amor de mi vida”
To her sister’s
Me mejor amiga,”
Why do words fail?

Por siempre Selena

Throughout her life she sought happiness
And ways to spread it, and reveled in both.
It was never about the music, but life
Unencumbered by the trappings of  fame and fortune.
Selena will always be the plucky little girl  in “Little House on the Prairie,” 
Trippin’ and fallin’  and pickin’ herself up,
Running,  always running towards love.  (Selah)

But WERE there  moments  of shadow and doubt,
Quiet interludes of fear and trepidation
Twixt the montage of a woman-child having a  ball.

Her favorite flower was white.

“Oftentimes the pure white rose
was depicted as being stained by blood,
or made to blush from a kiss.”
(The  History and Meaning of
White Roses, Samantha Green)

Was Selena, beyond the smiles,  in touch with the pall of her impending doom?

Princesa Azteca

Framed by silk  and a singular curl, here she lies,
As beautifully regal in death as she was in life,
Up on this paneled dais in surreal estate;
Intimations of Aztec royalty unsung
The same that came and left us in the  Spring.

Beyond wishing, her soul rests
Within and without like a garden:
And ethereal;
The embodiment of that which remains
Long after time and circumstance
Has swept away the engrams of sorrow and regret,
For in the larger scheme of things
This too shall pass. (Selah)

Selena - Bouquet with Rose - Corpus Christi Caller Times

The now iconic image of Selena taken by Mr. George Gongora of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on November 14, 1994, a scant 4 ½ months before Selena was killed. The bouquet of flowers had just been given to her following an educational presentation at the Cunningham Middle School in Corpus Christi, TX.

Pass when Selena is born again
(As she already has)
With a bouquet and a smile
that will now remain forever young.

“Smart (lass*), to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.”
(*’Lass’ substituted for ‘lad’ in original)

Journey to Corpus – Like  “Journey to Addis

Through rococco bursts of color and artifact
We  squeaked through the eye of the needle and left our hearts in Corpus Christi,
This crusted city by the Nueces, atop the  Rio Grande; our destination
By the bay,
By “Mirador de la Flor
The “Overlook of the Flower
‘Neath the salt showers.

Here she stands
in muted tones of bronze
and a storied laurel.

Selena at Mirador De La Flor

Selena Quintanilla, incandesced by night lights waxing gold at Mirador De La Flor, “The Overlook of the Flower, ‘Neath the salt showers.” Corpus Christi, TX  – arguably the most sentient depiction of Selena’s statue.

Observación: The ordinariness of this memento belies the broadside; the shiver that one feels upon first approach.  Something happened here too  – something which moved heaven and earth beneath this ornamented promenade; the voice the City of Corpus heard above the din “of the madding crowd.” Abraham and Marcella’s little girl now belongs to the ages. The greened bronze belies the moment, but we are here to bear witness:

For here in this cloistered cove by The Bay
We are about to beat an ancient drum,
To an athlete who died  young.

Selena para las edades.

Lake Jackson,
Corpus Christi
Houston Astro.

We go back but return to celebrate the living,
Because that is what Selena did … with her song. CRX

Selena Quintanilla Grave, Seaside Memorial Park, Corpus Christi, TX, Copyright, Texas Tripper, LLT Media Group

Seaside Memorial Park, garden of Selena Quintanilla’s earthly rest in Corpus Christi, TX, a stone’s throw from Corpus Christi Bay & downtown Corpus. (© Texas Tripper, LLT Media Group)

Memorial spectra of Selena .... Like a garden, vital, verdant and ethereal - 1920x1200 PIX

Selena Quintanilla spectral mind space ….. “Like a garden vital, verdant and ethereal; The embodiment of that which remains, Long after time and circumstance, Has swept away the engrams of pain and regret . (Unsung Ode to Selena Quintanilla-Perez, CRX, Cyberaxis)

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México Remembers Selena

Here in this album clip, 10 years after the death of Selena, 15 Mexican stars revisit the scene of collective heartbreak with a musical elegy that proves once again that nothing outside of the human voice can out-wail  the horn and the accordion when it comes to expressing grief. The best track of this comp is this rousing rendition of “No Me Queda Mas” by Palomo. The band pulls off the feat by slowing everything down to a funereal but stately beat (tempo maestoso indeed.)  This stylistic sleight of hand transforms the song,  once about unrequited teen love,  into an anthem of universal longing; a paean to loss untrammeled by flights of fancy …. or romance. As musical hat tricks go, this one ends up being quite stunning.

Album cover of

Stately musical elegy to the late Selena Quintanilla-Perez: Album cover of “Mexico Recuerda a Selena”; definitive minuet of heartbreak.

Following the Google Doodle of October 17, 2017, Selena finally gets  a star of her own, in on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017:

Selena Quintanilla, A star of gold in a firmament of her own

And finally a star of gold, in a firmament all of her own: Selena Quintanilla-Perez receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017. Post: Unsung Ode to Selena Quintanilla-Perez (Colorized Image Insert by Santi Singuenza, Courtesy, Selena Museum)

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And The Best Die Young: The short life and death of Selena Quintanilla-Perez (CRX)

To An Athlete Dying Young (A.E. Housman, 1859)

Visitors mark anniversary of Selena’s death (Doreen  C.  Bowens – Corpus Christi Caller Times, April 1, 1999)

“All the wonders you seek are within yourself.” (Sir Thomas Browne)

“For in him we live and move and have our being.” (St. Paul)

I Wanna Know What Love Is (Lucky Dube) When the time comes, I will tell you what place I was entering when this song started playing …….. Absolutely true story, like squeaking through the eye of the needle.

I Wanna Know What Love Is (Foreigner)

Now That We Found Love (Third World)

Third World, Journey to Addis, Now That We Found Love - Album Cover Design: Tony Wright

Journey to Corpus – Like Journey to Addis: Third World, Now That We Found Love, Island Records, Album Cover Design: Tony Wright (2288×2448 PIX)


A 23rd Anniversary Musical Dedication: An achingly poignant rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scaborough Faire” by  The Real Feel’s John Raymond, Gilad Hekselman and Colin Stranahan.  If the link breaks, Google them to Youtube. This song, this rendition happened to be playing on my computer as I was reviewing this post on Selena’s 23 anniversary. R.I.P.

The Death Of Superglam: The short life and death of Aaliyah Dana Haughton

We will travel light
And laugh at life
And when the time comes,
Mourn our lost and bury our dead
In ways befitting Kings and Queens
Whose songs have not yet been sung.

This quiet morning I shed a lone tear,
For someone I did not even know.
There is a screaming incongruity
Somewhere around here,
Or so it seems.

But I know what I will do.
I will go to the record store
When I get a little time,
And buy a big fat poster of Aaliyah.
Which I will hang in the quiet room amid mementos
Of Thoko,  Princess of the Khoisan people.
The same who came and left us in the spring.

August 25, 2001

The death of superglam: August 25, 2001

I wasn’t much of a fan of Aaliyah‘s music, but I recognized her enormous talent and effortless style.  She was uncannily beautiful and full of a grace that some have to work at exuding. Aaliyah had a certain ethereal quality to her; at once mysterious and chameleonic in its essence.

On a stage full of wanna-be R & B divas, she was an original who did not need a trinity of egos and alter-egos to claim her spot under the musical sun. The consummate stylist who made transcendent substance out of stuff that would go puff in less gifted hands, Aaliyah had her finger squarely pressed on the pulse of her own talent, soulfulness and  indeed her limitations. And when you watch her daintily choreographed routines you see a woman who projected a virtual muscularity beyond her lithe frame. It is quite amazing to watch. As virtual hand tricks go, this one comes across as pretty nifty.

I do not know about the movies and acting thing, but my suspicion is that beyond her musical catchet, Hollywood was trying to capitalize on the irreducible essence that was transcendently Aaliyah’s. Her soul. The girl was nothing but …. (“The Industry” tried to do the same with Cosby’s Lisa Bonet with woefully negligible results. But we digress.)

Through the computer generated tracks and sub-terranean hip-hop grooves from Dante’s inferno, Aaliyah’s soul pulsed through her music and cast spells more wicked than a voodoo priestess’ incantations. Her aim? Dead on. There was no flab in Aaliyah’s sound. No flak or redundance in her beats. When she was hot, she was  “Hot Like Fire“:  my favorite track  from the album  “One In A Million”.   (“One In A Million”   is also the name of a track.)

A minuet before silence where there once were slamming beats and super music.

Aaliyah Haughton 1979 – 2001: A wacky minuet before silence

Aaliyah’s death is analogous to a hot stylus jumping tracks to play a wacky minuet before crackling  static and  silence where there once was pulsating music. The sheer improbability of her passing will remain with me forever.

In the eloquent words of a fan who could hardly contain his grief yesterday: “Damn! There she goes!”
Rest in peace sweet princess.  Rest in peace.

Losing Aaliyah – YouTube

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And the best die young: The short life and death of selena quintanilla perez (Cyberaxis)

Enter The Dragon

Bruce Lee

The Little Dragon who had eyes

In the back of his head was dead.

And the world could not believe

That this man;

This marble edifice to the  triumph of mind over matter,

And will over won’t,

Had succumbed to something as pedestrian

As a little swelling of the brain.

The hordes wept, while the world wondered.

Rest in peace Bruce. Rest in peace Sensei.

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27 November 1940 – 20 July 1973

27 November 1940 – 20 July 1973

Madelyn Dunham – In Memoriam: There Is A Balm In Gilead

Madeline Dunham 1922 - 2008

Madelyn Dunham 1922-2008

Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, During World War II

Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, During World War II

To Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham,
The woman  Barack Obama lovingly knew as Toot
The Madelyn who followed her daughter off the beaten path
And trod the road less traveled
May your soul rest in peace

Your life was full of curve-balls and Yogi’s forks in the road.
You handled them with quiet dignity
And in the process bequeathed a part of yourself,
To the man the world now knows as Barack Obama.
May your soul rest in peace. (Selah)

obama-grandmaStanley & Madelyn Dunham w/Barack Obama during his High School days in Hawaii: The subtle profundities of body English on full display.

“There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin sick soul.”


The Hawaiian shoreline that received Madelyn Dunhams ashes the day before Christmas.

The Hawaiian shoreline that received Madelyn Dunhams ashes the day before Christmas.

The point at which Arthur Koestler’s river becomes one with the ocean, the ocean of  “cosmic consciousness” ….  The river, he writes, “has been freed of the mud-that clung to it, and regained its transparency. It has become identified with the sea, spread over it, omnipresent, every drop catching a spark of the sun. The curtain has not fallen; it has been raised.” (Arthur Koestler – Patricia Blake, “Rootless Cosmopolitan of the Age” , Time Magazine, March 14, 1983.)

"Nine to the Universe" - Barack Obama and family consecrating the ashes of his grandmother at the same spot he scattered the ashes of his mother a decade earlier.

Barack Obama consecrating the ashes of his grandmother at the same spot he did his mother's a decade earlier. Photo: Splash News