Monday, February 16, 2009

Joe Cuba and the sound track of my life

Ralph's anecdote of the importance of Joe's music in his development inspired me to share my own experience as well. I remember clearly the first two Latin albums I purchased. The first was an Alegre All Star album and the second was "Bailadores" by the Joe Cuba Sextet. It is the album I learned how to dance off of. I bought them at the famous Casa Alegre which was several blocks from Macy Place where my squeeze and dance teacher Maria lived at the time. Being seen in possession of a Joe Cuba album meant that you were hip, in the know as far as the music was concerned so I made sure I was seen carrying it around back and forth to Maria's house.

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