She's The One
Give it a listen and see if you don't find a smile on your face and happy feet in your shoes.
Tapia Corel revived her musical career in 2008, after taking time off to raise a family and fight breast cancer (in that order). Facing her mortality (she has been cancer free since 2007) caused her to look at life and music in a new light, with a new attitude. She has focused on writing and sharing music that reflects the experience of one who has “been there, done that,” and come back for more. It is the story of countless women, who have faced similar fights, in the struggle to find their true selves versus being the reflection of other people’s expectations. Within that, there is a resolve; a determination to live life to its fullest, have a positive influence on the world and leave, knowing that whatever happens, she gave it her best.
Tapia’s original compositions range from evocative memories of days gone by, anger over betrayal, sadness at disappointment and joy in the darkest moments. For anyone who faced challenges never expected, and found themselves amazed they are still standing, and better than ever, Tapia’s and Partners ‘n Crime’s music will make you say: “Yes. I know that feeling,” and be proud of what you know.”
PO Box 685 is an evocative, reflective ballad about a time when the Post Office and US Mail were the only way country mice could connect to the outside world. Its references to the Sear Catalog and ads on the back page of comic books, bring to mind a simpler life, without cel phones, emails or social media.
Collateral Damage is somber, pathos-filled ballad that reflects the sorrow, disappointment and resignation of being caught in the quicksand of living with a drug-addicted partner. It is a reflective description of a life where love has gone off the rails, with no end in sight and the only option is resignation.
“Sangron," written by Tapia Corel, and performed by Partners ‘n Crime, with Jim Rhodes, is a light-hearted, Tex-Mex, Spanglish song about a universal condition: the mooch, who always has something better to do than find a job, or do anything constructive. Written from a woman’s perspective, it is uses humor, wit with an uplifting rhythm section to create an infectious, theme, replete with a party crowd, making accessible to all no matter what language they speak.
During live performances, Sangron received such positive responses (I know that guy! Hey, that’s my uncle!), and reception from audiences, Partners ‘n Crime decided to release it as a single. In an effort to do justice to the song, they added a wide array of Latin instruments, i.e. nylon guitar, jarana, accordion, guiro and tres (Cuban guitar), as well as tight Chicano harmonies and boisterous “gritos” for full effect.
When listening to Sangron, it is impossible to close your eyes and imagine anything but the singer getting the last laugh, and final say on the direction of her life. “Sangron” is not a nice guy, but the story of how he is viewed is filled with wry humor, glee and a taste of shadenfreude that makes you want to order your own “cerveza with a lime,” and get up and dance.
I wrote My Hand in the late mid 80's as a response to Rap's denegrating and abusive attack on women. It got no traction, and I could not understand why programmers were politely declining, saying things like "We are not into promoting 'answer' songs in our broadcasts."
It was not until I became aware of how hypersentive, reactive and cruel many of these artists were, when the release of "Straight Outta Compton" spawned articles by female journalist Dee Barnes about the beat down she suffered at the hands of Dre. She had conducted an interview with his group NWA, which cast them in a bad light, and he did not like it. One. Bit. It was then that I realized why none of the other females rappers (Queen Latifah, Salt 'n Peppa,MC Lyte etc) ever responded in kind to (and with) the music that denegrated women so. Those declines may have kept me from harm, but I can't really say.
Now that we are decades away from that time, and Dre has since cleaned up his act, I think it's safe to put it out there, in the original spirit intended : fun commentary. As I write this, the MP3 is not up for sale, and just for listening. I hope you enjoy it, and smile, even if it is with a wry knowledge....
Depends on who is playing it.
Don't ask questions.
Look for the one person in the audience who is totally focused on you, and then focus on them. You will create an energy within that room that wasn't there before.