Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Up doing homework. Good thing is that I noticed I was standing up for about 30 minutes before feeling uncomfortable. Time to get some weights in!

Been able to practice a little... going to have to be patient until the Masters is over.

Attending the 40th Anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium this weekend in East LA. Very good and very interesting. Lots to consider.

Family is a little stressful right now. But overall things are good and should get better.


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Monday, August 23, 2010


Interesting day. Gonna try to get some sleep.

Visited the memorial for the little girl who was run over. Such a wide range of reactions.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


A little girl was killed in a collision with a car just down the street. A very sad situation. I had seen the family a few times. Looked like they were having a hard time.

Like with my family, there are people who notice things are tough, but don't know how to help. When things are in crisis mode then they know what to do. I'm in the same boat. Thinking about helping to raise money for funeral services.

The news did a story and I was looking at the comments. Mostly about blaming and punishing. Like that will bring back the girl or prevent other families from having a hard time. We need to create jobs, and so much more, so that we can support families.

Though the collision may have not been preventable, it may have not been a fatality with slower traffic. Considering how much residential housing is near Zuni and how many pedestrians there are maybe it is time to look at better traffic calming.

The area where this happened is a high crime/violence area. There needs to be better lighting and more services to help prevent violence.

My heart goes out to this family.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Send of for Esteban Jordan

Esteban Jordan Sent off in Style

Jordan inspired Brave Combo

Music crossing Jordan

RIP Esteban

I had a gig at Ned's tonight. Around 6PM we played "Don't Mess with my Toot Toot" and "Viva Seguin" in honor of Esteban. Man I pulled stuff out from deep. Things I've never played before. I hope I can do it again!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Services for Esteban Jordan

"El Parche Slips Away"


A funeral service for Esteban Jordan will be held 7pm Thu, Aug 19, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 1730 Dahlgreen Ave., San Antonio.


Monday, August 16, 2010


I always figured it would be nice to be wanted a little more. But things have been very interesting lately. Just people wanting me all over the place. And the majority is for my assistance not so much giving me much energy.

I'll have to figure that out.


Latino USA Special on Esteban Jordan

No Rules: The Life & Music of Esteban 'Steve' Jordan from NPR's Latino USA on Vimeo.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mas sobre Esteban

Esteban Jordan gave the accordion a brand new sound!

Esteban Jordan in the Washington Post

UPI on Chicano Cultural Warrior Esteban Jordan

Esteban Jordan changed the world of conjunto

Too bad we don't fully appreciate some people until they are gone. I owe a lot to Esteban, even though I never met him or saw him live. I appreciate Paul Pino of the Tone Daddies mentioning his passing at our gig today. We drove together and listened to Esteban the whole time we were driving to the gig and some errands. It was good for me. RIP Esteban Jordan.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Descanse en Paz Esteban Jordan!

Esteban Jordan dies "Old School Style"

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Prayers for Esteban Jordan

Today has been very hectic, lots of meetings and all of that. Really good stuff and real bummers.

The busy, well that's usual. I passed my Research Methods class, but with a lower grade than I hoped. I guess I should have pushed harder for make up work. Oh, well. Not that bad, but not fun.

The hardest part is probably that I happened to do an uncommon log in to MySpace and found out that Esteban Jordan is ill. This is an obvious drag for me.

This last week I started speaking David who plays accordion for FYLG and he wants to put together an Accordion Fest. One day in Santa and one day in Burque. He wants to do Scalos or something "classy" - I'm hoping for something more working-class, but he's organizing.

So he wants to showcase someone in each genre. I promoted Miguelito for mariachi and Jimmy Baca or John Mancha for conjunto. He wanted me to play too. So I was trying to think of what songs to do. I figured if I had three songs I would do Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, and Esteban Jordan.

Last night I was driving home from rehearsal with Mezcla Latina. I was listening to a greatest hits collection of Los Relampagos. And I was thinking to myself, "he said 3-5 songs, so there are tons of great songs to do." I was thinking I could do one of two things - work on 5 Esteban Jordan songs, or one song from different Chicano/Mexicano acordeon styles. So I made a CD to listen to and go over. Most of the songs were Esteban Jordan. So I was leaning that way.

Just funny how coincidence works that way.

The best part of the day was delivering a presentation on Health Equity. My professor is out sick and missed it, my two bosses didn't show up. A couple of Chicano elected officials, or their reps missed it, but the turnout was perfect. Had a good response and discussion. I think it will really help me in my future work.


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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Sabes Amor


Thursday, August 05, 2010


Well, turned in a final. Then after hitting send realized that I still had at least one more editing chore to do. But it is gone.

Have meetings and a gig today. Going to meetings most of tomorrow and going to sit in with Felix y Los Gatos for their CD release party. It will be David from FYLG and Jimmy Baca, and I!

Should be fun. Still have one more project to do for this semester and will be glad when it is over. Then I get 8 whole days of no school!!!

Keep Lefting!


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