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A Mariachi Sang “Amor Eterno” During A Vigil In El Paso, And Latinos Could Not Hold Back Their Tears

There’s always that one song that no matter how you’re feeling or where you are, it stops you in your tracks and completely washes over your body. That’s what “Amor Eterno” by Rocío Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel means to the Latinx, particularly the Mexican, community. The song gets most people bawling even before it gets to the chorus. “Tú eres la tristeza de mis ojos. Que lloran en silencio por tu amor.” 

It’s one of the most heartfelt songs that celebrates our highs and lows. While “Amor Eterno” can be played anywhere, it’s most commonly sung at funerals to represent the last goodbye.

Following the massacre that took place in El Paso on August 3, 2019, this song resonates even deeper with the Latinx community.

“Amor Eterno” has become an anthem amid the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that has left at least 22 victims dead.

 On Sunday, journalist Angélica M. Casas shared a heartfelt video of a mariachi singing the ballad during a large scale vigil honoring the fallen victims of the shooting. 

“If you come from a Mexican family, you know this song. It’s usually sung at funerals as a last goodbye. It ends with the promise that one day we will reunite,” Casas wrote in her tweet. 

A Twitter user replied to Casas’ original tweet saying they are heartbroken every time they hear this song.

“But what do hateful racists know about our great heritage/spirituality/love of God,” the Twitter user said. 

Another user, @IrmaFernandez, said she only managed to watch a couple of seconds before she had to stop because she couldn’t hold back the tears.

This song holds so much meaning that many can’t listen without feeling emotional.

Other folks in El Paso, Texas were also remembering the victims by singing the same song. 

In a smaller vigil on the same day, a journalist from Univision shared a video of a young woman singing “Amor Eterno” at just a couple feet from the Walmart where the shooting took place.

“No hay canción que llegue más en estos momentos. Esta joven canta ‘Amor Eterno’ a solo pasos de la tienda Walmart donde fueron asesinadas 20 personas,” writes Silvia in the tweet. 

On August 3, dozens of Juarez residents attended a vigil to support the victims of the Cielo Vista Walmart shooting. 

According to KTSM, community members came together, holding candles, cell phones, and signs to stand in solidarity with those who lost their lives.

“Two people, from two countries, speaking two languages—united, not divided, by our border. Together, we form a whole far greater than the sum of our parts: a community I’m so proud to call home,” wrote Beto O’Rourke of the vigil on Twitter. 

Many people on Twitter also shared their own images of vigils throughout Texas and what “Amor Eterno” means to them during these times. 

He said he had no words to explain how they felt when listening to “Amor Eterno.” 

Another Twitter user said they get goosebumps listening to both the Juan Gabriel or Rocío Dúrcal rendition of the song.

“Amor Eterno is one of the most heart-rending songs ever written, and masterfully clothes the profound sadness of losing a loved one with high artistry,” @meesposito said on Twitter

One woman on Twitter applauded the singer for not breaking down while singing “Amor Eterno.”

“I just cried clicking play,” she tweeted. 

Others also held vigils in other places throughout the country. 

AJ+ tweeted that hundreds held a vigil outside NRA headquarters in Virginia to honor the 31 people killed in Ohio and Texas over the weekend.

Last night, another vigil took place in New York and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was in attendance.

The vigil took place at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn right now. 

On August 3, protestors held a silent vigil outside of the White House to demand action after the mass shootings that took place this past weekend.

RAICES Texas also urged folks from across the country to hold vigils to remember the victims of El Paso. 

“If you don’t see a vigil in your city, sign up to be a host. Now more than ever we need all of us to stand up against #WhiteSupremacy and the #WhiteSupremacistInChief!,” RAICES tweeted. 

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Neon Indian’s ‘Toyota Man’ Is A Pro-Immigration Anthem That Fans Are Loving And Supporting

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Neon Indian’s ‘Toyota Man’ Is A Pro-Immigration Anthem That Fans Are Loving And Supporting

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Amidst President Trump’s impeachment hearings, a new protest song is making the rounds online. Except this one sounds more like a festive, satirical and catchy tune; rather than a political critique. Just last week, Neon Indian dropped his first song in Spanish “Toyota Man” after four years of not releasing any new music. The pro-immigration anthem references classics like Selena’s “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the U.S.A.” The song talks about migrant laborers, the American dream, and DACA recipients in a catchy and witty way. 

Alan Palomo aka Neon Indian dropped his new single last week, “Toyota Man,” with a self-directed video that tells his immigration story. 

Palomo’s video for “Toyota Man” opens with himself standing at the U.S.-Mexico border flipping through cue cards. “Llegamos al apartamento cuatro de un tío después que cruzamos el río en Reynosa.”  Born in Monterrey, Mexico, the Chillwave singer tells the story of his crossing the border through Reynosa on to San Antonio and Austin. Once in ‘el otro lado’ he gets hired to wash Toyota trucks. The musician takes a rag to a red vehicle in what could be an ode to American underground experimental filmmaker, Kenneth Anger’s “Kustom Kar Kommandos,” 

Fiestas, piñatas, tacos, and abuelas, the satirical video is all about representing Alan Palomo’s Mexican culture.

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At a backyard party featuring the classic taquiza and piñatas, a  Trump-shaped piñata comes to life and makes a run for it. The 45th president  duels with an abuela, and gets chased by children to the sound of the chorus “Venimos a estudiar, queremos trabajar, y aunque lo quieran negar, todos somos Americanos” Spanish for “we come to study, we want to work and even if they want to deny it, we’re all American.” There’s also a puppet show about migrant labor, a cowboy giving birth to cars and a lot more weird stuff going on before the Trump-ñata gets hits by a car and spills green cards all over the road.

The pro-immigrant anthem speaks to the American dream.

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Palomo calls out Uncle Sam for all the obstacles the U.S. government has put in place to ensure that immigrants find it hard to achieve success and stability. He talks about citizenship trials, labor rights violations, ’Aquí tu no cuentas igual,’ he sings. “Though my music has always been generally apolitical,” Alan Palomo said in a statement to Pitchfork, “I realized when recording this song that it was impossible to write biographically (in the rhetorical context of the Trump administration) without being entirely that: political. The story of my family, which before felt commonly American, was suddenly politicized.”

Palomo’s first song in Spanish, “Toyota Man” takes from a variety of both Mexican and American classic tunes.

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The beat of the Mexican folk song “La Cucaracha,” plays in the riff of ‘Toyota Man’. Palomo mentions “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Selena’s “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the U.S.A.” “Te tienes que aguantar hasta que no te puedan deportar, asi es este party in the U.S.A.”

But above all, ‘Toyota Man’ is a satirical pro-immigration Latino song.

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“Recognizing the absurdity of it all,” said Palomo in a statement, “I thought it would be refreshing to address the social narrative around immigration through comedy — nods to Benny Hill, misremembered San Antonio car commercials, and School House Rock. My family and I had a ton of fun making this and I hope it’s equally as fun to watch.”

“Toyota Man” is Neon Indian’s first track since his 2015 album.

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The track is Palomo’s first new single since his 2015 album, “VEGA INTL. Night School” and his all-star Prince tribute in 2016. The tone and sound of his new song “Toyota Man,” hints at a new direction for the indie-rock artist. He’s talked about singing in his native language for a while, and if this track is any indication, perhaps we can expect more personal, political works from Neon Indian, and hopefully, a new album is in the works.

Neon Indian is nearing the end of a fall U.S. tour that wraps up on Nov. 29 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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AOC Takes to Twitter to Defend Taylor Swift Against Greedy Music Execs Trying to Keep Her From Using Her Own Music

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AOC Takes to Twitter to Defend Taylor Swift Against Greedy Music Execs Trying to Keep Her From Using Her Own Music

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has used her short career to be a champion of many worthy causes. Before she even entered the political arena, she visited embattled communities like Standing Rock and Flint, Michigan in order to learn more about the environmental crises taking place. She’s since turned that environmentalism into support for the Green New Deal, a legislation that aims to address climate change and economic inequality. AOC has also been a vocal opponent of the Trump administration’s border wall and their oppressive take on immigration. On top of these important causes, the representative from New York is a great advocate for women’s rights. 

It’s with this advocacy in mind that AOC took to Twitter on Friday evening to tweet her support for Taylor Swift during the artist’s latest professional battle. 

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The defense comes from a Thursday evening tweet from Swift. In the tweet, the musician shares that, though she is being named “Artist of the Decade” by the American Music Awards, there’s a damper to her happy news. According to Swift, issues with Big Machine Records’ music executives were keeping her from being able to have access to all of the songs previous to her latest album, “Lover.” 

The two execs, Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun, own the masters to Swift’s earlier works and, as such, can control whether or not to she’s allowed to use them. According to the deal she signed with Republic Records and Universal Music Group in 2018, Swift is not allowed to re-record her earlier songs until 2020. It’s important to note that neither of these men had anything to do with the creation of these songs.

“I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show,” the tweet read. “Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that they would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.”

Additionally, Swift explained that she had an upcoming documentary about her life in the works with Netflix. 

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Just like with the American Music Awards, the musician shared that the executives were again refusing to allow her to use old clips of her performances or any new renditions of these old songs. The note went on to request that fans let Braun and Borchetta know that they’re Team Taylor all the way.

Borchetta reportedly told Swift’s team that she could in fact use these earlier songs on two conditions. One, the musician would loose the right to re-record these songs for the year of 2020. The second condition was that Swift had to stop publicly discussing Braun and Borchetta. 

This is when AOC got into the mix with her response to Swift’s tweet. 

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A longstanding opponent of major corporations, the representative likened the situation with Swift’s music rights to private equity groups. AOC responded to the music controversy with a call to action demanding that the music executives be “reigned in.”

“Private equity groups’ predatory practices actively hurt millions of Americans,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Their leveraged buyouts have destroyed the lives of retail workers across the country, scrapping 1+ million jobs. Now, they’re holding Taylor Swift’s own music hostage.”

If you’re thinking that AOC’s support is proof that she’s a closet Swiftie, it’s actually much deeper than that.

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Since AOC is a champion for middle and low income America, it might seem unexpected for her to back Swift who is a multimillionaire. However, the musician’s problem is one that the representative has been fighting against. As Ocasio-Cortez explained on Twitter, millions of Americans have been impacted by private equality firms. These firms buy businesses and liquidate them in order to squeeze out all of the profitability they can without concern for their employees. This results in employees being laid off, having to make due with reduced pay and/or hours and losing benefits like insurance and severance packages. 

By relating the two problems together, AOC was able to make a series of tweets about an important policy go viral and reach a huge audience. In fact, her initial tweet in response to Swift earned nearly 80K likes and almost 15K retweets. 

Whether it was thanks to Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s attention or the public pressure, this story now has a satisfying ending. 

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The music execs at Swift’s former record label and Dick Clark Productions, producer of the American Music Awards, have come to an agreement. In the press release issued by Big Machine Records, details of the agreement were laid out so all of the label’s artists are cleared for performance. 

No word yet if AOC will be tuning into Swift’s American Music Award appearance but hopefully she knows that she helped to make that performance a reality.