Las CoronasPosted: October 21, 2007
We recently played for a fundraiser for a young cancer patient. It was a lot of fun, Los Tovares also performed that night. I got to meet two of the Tovares’ in the band. they told us the story behind their band which I found fascinating. He said that Los Tovares have been around for over 30 years, and it used to be all brothers (now only three of the original members remain in the group). Now, these guys are not old guys – they are about my age (which is very very very young) but what was interesting is that they started when they were practically in middle school! Earlier in the day we had the Arciniega family (Vince, (age 7), Samuel and Daniel(both age 11)) perform for the crowd. I remembered when I was around 12 and I joined a band called Paul y sus Satelites. I was just learning how to play guitar (I even have a picture – one day I may be brave enough to show you all!) Anyways, I thought it was interesting that this love for music began at an early age and has stuck around. Being so young it is just about the music, unfortunately it is when we are older that we develop all these “mañas” that can get us in trouble. In fact Frank (from Los Tovares) told us that they mostly played in bars in those days (and still do!) but after seeing how “mensos” some people get with beer, he never got into drinking (until he got married -lol). It is sad that sometimes la parranda y el chiflason can end a promising career. Sometimes some musicians never grow up (I am not pointing fingers “there, but for the grace of God, go I”). I hope those kids that performed with us never experience the destructive side of music and learn to love it and appreciate all the beautiful sides of it. That is my prayer for them. By the way, I found out that Frank Tovar actually reads these blogs! Who woulda thunk! I thought only I read my blogs! Now I have to be careful what I say (just kidding) I don’t use this blog to talk bad about people (except Michael Salgado). Frank, if you are reading this, you should write a blog, the little you told me about your group I found fascinating – you could write a book! I think Profe said he wanted to join your band!! Thank you all for reading.