I was digging through the More Cowbell Cult Playlist I compiled about 2 years ago looking for the song by The Buena Vista Social Club that featured cowbell. I thought maybe since it’s close to Cinco de Mayo, I’d feature it in a blog post and revive the call to contribute to the expansion of this fun playlist.
I know, I know, Cinco de Mayo isn’t a Cuban holiday…heck, it isn’t an American holiday either, so?
I confess to liking any festival that encompasses dancing, food, family, music, art and community involvement regardless of ethnic origin.
I was first introduced to Cinco de Mayo in the early 1970’s, long before it mainstreamed into American culture. At the time, I was engaged to a young man who was Chicano*. We were both students at the University of Colorado, Boulder – then and now a hotbed of education, social activism and well yes, partying…Along with the normal Vietnam protests, we spent a lot of time not buying or eating grapes from Safeway…. !Viva La Raza!
But I digress.
Here then is De Camino a la Vereda complete with cowbell.
It’s my way of saying: !Viva Cinco de Mayo!
Oh, and, if you have any more songs with cowbell in ‘em, please make mention of them in the comments below. The latest list can be found here.
*preferred term of choice for this ‘demographic’ at the time as opposed to the larger scale group labeled as ‘Hispanic’. A nostalgic little tidbit: We enjoyed comparing notes on familia (his) and famiglia (mine) regarding approaches to life and conversing in Spanglish (him) and Italian-ese (me) just to get a rise from anyone who could hear us!