Our own Rusty Barcelo has released her own music CD! Check out this wonderful music, and also know that she is donating all proceeds to MALCS!
â€œChronicling a life amidst family and friends, these lyrics are testimonios reflecting a Chicana story at once personal and universal.”
~ Norma CantÃº, Professor, University of Texas, San Antonio
â€œIâ€™ve had the distinct privilege of listening to these songs for several years.Â Like sacred gifts theyâ€™ve been offered up in the relative privacy of Rustyâ€™s living room, along with good food and the laughter of old friends.Â They speak to the conditions of our lives; loveâ€™s won and lost; the burdens and joys of family; the injustices and inequalities that continue to plague us; and the living connections we feel to our ancestors.Â Some contain haunting phrases that seem to have been spoken by La Llorona herself.Â Others delineate the problematic social conditions that we face and challenge us to continue our struggles.Â All of them quickly become refrains we hum to ourselves and remember with a smile or a tear.Â Though you will hear references that are specific to her Mexican American heritage, you will just as quickly realize that Rustyâ€™s songs belong to a long line of folk traditions that have come to be recognized as â€œthe peopleâ€™s music.â€Â I am thrilled that with this CD, you will have the opportunity to experience the quiet power of Rustyâ€™s floricanto.Â I have my favorites, but Iâ€™ll let you discover your ownâ€.
~ EdÃ©n Torres, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota