Tuesday, October 8, 2013

words and music -spot-lighting local talent

every once in a while i read an article or a short story that leaves me with warm fuzzies inside.  last week sometime, i read just that.  a friend of mine (actually we just met but still, friend nonetheless) who happens to write for a local weekly paper, wrote an article having to do with his children who happen to be musicians. apparently, some very closed-minded individual made a few quirps to my friend about the legitimacy of his kids' career choices.  basically the bafoon was saying that being a musician was not a "real" job.  or something along those lines.  like any good parent whose baby-cubs have just been insulted or portrayed badly would do, my friend kicked his ass  got back at him by doing what he knows best, being the bigger person and airing his ires in print.  he wrote the article here:


the whole gist of the article was geared yes to give that chump a lesson in individualism and following your dreams in this very short life of ours, but also to bring to light the fact that so many of us (myself included) get sucked into a "job" and fall into the abyss of that job.  let me tell you something, getting out of that abyss is torture and some people never find their way out.  so what happens? they let their soul rot and their dreams die.  which is why doing what you love, what makes you happy -hell that could mean being a dog sitter or a bus driver or even a writer -whatever it is, as long as you are happy with you life and what you do for a living, then that's all that really matters.  the other stuff is just fluff.  anyway, that's what i got out of jesse's article.

i love live music. i support it here in houston, every chance i get.  i have quite a few friends who are musicians in various musical genres.  some are local, some work for famous people and some just like to jam every now and again.  it's all good. i will gladly lend my hand whenever possible.  so it was a no-brainer when after reading jesse's article, that i decided to bring these kids' music to the spotlight -or my blog, which to me, IS a spotlight.

meet marissa and jesse sendejas, jr.  a brother and sister duo from houston, texas (no, not like the other brother/sister duo aka donny and marie) who both respectively have their own music agenda. jesse plays in a band called days n daze.  his sister marissa, is a budding solo artist who also from sings with days n daze.  their music may not be everyone's cup of latte and that's okay.  it's not mine either, but i wanted to blog about them because they  really are very  talented and  hard-working kids. and i respect that. they write their own music, play all their instruments and pound the pavement, knocking on doors, asking for a shot at showcasing their talents.  i have not seen them perform, but i am sure i will sometime.  i've listened to a few of their songs and best i can describe their music is folk with a twist.  some soft intros, strong and reverberating finishes.  i know this description is not giving their music justice.  my apologies sent in advance. so why don't you just check them out for yourself

here:  http://www.marissasendejas.com/

here: http://www.reverbnation.com/marissas

and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6v4r7wnB7s

i'm especially looking at you -my h-town bloggies. show some love.  but of course, everyone else is welcome to check them out as well.  after all, sharing is caring, friends.  sharing is caring.

thanks for dropping by. do me a favor, do what makes you feel alive.  and if you don't know what that is yet, keep trying until you do.



Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

They're lucky to have him as a father. Most parents aren't nearly as supportive. I like their music - a unique style and sound. Thanks for sharing with us, Yvonne.


Felicia-May Stevenson said...

This seems so à propos with my post on negative nellies! They are everywhere!

Good for that Dad, for setting them straight. People scoff when I tell them I'm working when I'm making jewelry. Um, I'm making this stuff to sell it, ie it's a job.

Always happy to see an artist that isn't afraid to encourage other artists!

Adam Everhard said...

Often these judgmental types are saying much more about themselves than about the person they're criticizing. I applaud the father for standing up for his kids. I don't have any children of my own, but Uncle Adam would be terribly miffed if anyone attacked his nieces and nephews that way.

Tomekha said...

It's so sad that in this day and age there are still people who are locked up inside that box that says you should slave for someone else for 40hours per week and only pursue your passion as a hobby. Cudos to your friend for being so supportive of his children's dreams.

Yvonne said...

All- thanks for your comments and interest in this post. You're the BEST! :)