I wanted to play authentic Mexican folk music while cooking, but realized I had none. Then I remembered that the Los Lobos comp included their debut Mexican folk EP. I played that while cooking, putting in the extra effort of frying the corn tortillas, making my own salsa, etc. Los Lobos sounded really good while I cooked dinner, both the folk stuff and even the stuff from How Will the Wolf Survive?, the album I’d let be tarnished by the band’s association with The Blasters. My wife and kids dug the music I was playing, so I played it again while we ate.
Dinner was awesome, if I do say so myself. We talked and laughed and crammed tacos down our throats. I associated my gut and greasy hair with the guts and greasy hair of the members of Los Lobos, even the guts and greasy hair of their fans. I thought about how cool Fernando Valenzuela was. I got more pissed than usual at conservatives who want to build a wall along our border with Mexico. For the first time ever I felt like taking a trip to the Tex-Mex border and getting a taste of what real life was like down there.
I realized how cool and novel (to me) California’s Mexican-American culture was whenever I visited the West Coast. I began playing that Los Lobos comp in the weeks leading up to our recent vacation along the California coast. When we got to California I ate Mexican food at just about every opportunity. I’m not a breakfast guy, but huevos rancheros was an easy choice whenever presented. This whole Los Lobos thing was beginning to make sense. Even the blooz workouts sounded better. I cannot yet say that I ♥ Los Lobos, but I’m down with them. It’s time I find a cool collection of Mexican folk music.