Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Remembering Selena Quintanilla-Perez

Tribute to Selena Quintanilla-Perez 

Yes... it's been twenty years since that tragic day, but we still remember Selena for all the wonderful contributions she gave and for the joyous brilliant person she was. The world remembers Selena for her magnificent unique voice, fiery vocals, bubbling enthusiasm, riveting passion, shining personality, her humble beginnings, her contributions to the genre of Tejano music, her charm, her class, her beauty, her friendliness, her positiveness, the fun she brought to everything she did, and her big stunning white smile that captivated all eyes across the Earth. Selena was the original one. She gave the Tejano genre a niche in mainstream. She was a pioneer of the Mexican-Americano music scene. All the while, she never acted like she was the big star that she really was, treating all her fans with respect and genuine love. Selena was a REAL Superstar. 

So while Selena blossoms and flourishes somewhere among the faraway Pantheon of Shining Stars, she rests assured knowing that she left a permanent flower within all of our hearts. Her legendary voice, captured forever in her endearing records, her image and personality, captured eternally in videos of her privileged performances will radiate for eons to come. 

Besides her spectacular talents, Selena was a story of perseverance and commitment. Selena built herself into the superstar she eventually became all the way, like a beautiful flower (Como La Flor) sprouting from a seed all the way to fruition. From her first days being in her homemade band Selena y Los Dinos in her parents' restaurant to being billed as the "Mexican Madonna", headlining the Houston Astrodome, and winning a GRAMMY AWARD for her self-titled album Selena Live!, Selena always gave it her all and never changed the warm caring person she truly was inside. 

So let us continue to cherish and honor her memory and work by sharing her musical treasures forever and ever! :) 

Selena's Dreaming of You, my favorite English song from her. This song showcased Selena's tremendous emotional dedication and was especially heartrending to many at the time of her death.

Selena's Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, my favorite Spanish song she sang. This song and the video captured Selena's upbeat positive spirit and her loose fun personality. I believe Selena was at her most natural self in this song. :)

Selena's Como La Flor. Just like the song says, Selena was truly a blooming flower. This song capitalized on Selena's image and allowed her vocals to truly shine. One of my all-time favorites.

Another one of my favorite Spanish songs. Amor Prohibido strikes powerfully because it has such a catchy rhythm to it and captured Selena's innocence in a Romeo & Juliet-esque story. 

Next to Dreaming of You, I Could Fall in Love is one of Selena's best romantic ballads. This song is particularly memorable to me because it was the first song I ever heard from Selena in the late nineties. 


No Me Queda Mas is my favorite Spanish romantic ballad hands down. Between its mariachi-inspired instrument runs, Selena's voice characterizes passion, desperation, yearn, and sadness when one loses their love. 

La Carcacha is another one of my all-time favorite Spanish songs. With its spitfire vocals, sassy flare, reggae-Tejano groove, and extremely catchy beat, this song is a HOT TEN! Loop it on repeat all day and I'd still be shootin' for ten! :D 

FUN FACT: Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas of the U.S.A. and English was her first language. Spanish was actually her SECOND language. She mastered it in 1994. :D

Though I never got to meet Selena in person, it would have absolutely been a pleasure. Selena has done more than made a fan out of me. She has been an inspiration of kindness, pursuit, talent, honesty, and charm to me. Selena is a treasure indeed. Here are some portraits of her: 

And who can forgot Selena's iconic photo from the 1993's Grammy Awards? :D

Rest in Peace beautiful flower. You'll never know exactly how much the world truly misses you every day. Bless you Selena! :D