Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tejano Music and Dance

One of the biggest influences on the Mexican music and dance scene was the Tejano Music. For some reason, everyone was interested in talking about the whole Tejano – yes with a “J” instead of an “X” – movement that took place in the Lone Star State, and across the rest of the nation really, quite a few years ago now. The fad started about 1965 and ran for 30 years culminating with the death of Selena in 1995.

"To expand and to grow intellectually is an open door
to a road that has no end."

Both in real life and across the social media spectrum, people were asking. What is Tejano?  Remember such and such artist?  Whatever happened to? Did you like Tejano music? The remnants are still in evident in up to date Mexican music and it exists in Hawaii.

Many do remember lots of evening Tejano dances at their high school’s cafeteria – when they’d pull back all the foldable tables, bring in a radio deejay, dim down the lights and turn on a disco ball to illuminate the room, as they would dance the night away… or the early evening, more accurately.  They had school the next day!

So in honor of those great memories of so many not only in Texas but in the entire Southwest: here a few Tejano essentials… from days gone by.

Un buen par de Ropers
The Boots: Ropers – they were simple and light, easy to wear, without being picudas (pointed toe,) and you could find them in just about any color, both for men and women. You from Texas, Pard?

"Enamorada De Ti" by Selena

Con una Tejana
La Tejana: The Hat – especially for Tejano credibility, the hat was one of the most important accessories for guys… and girls and women always looked "caliente," with their Tejanas on.

Pasito tun, tun...
Knowing How To Dance – family members would invest several hours to teaching their friends and fellow students how to dance.  It was pretty simple, just a couple of steps, this way and that way, and they were ready to go.  Of course, some would still managed to struggle with learning, but the memories they made together were priceless. Then the Dance Teachers came in and goofed up the whole enchilada.

For many those were the happy days that never shall return.