Episode 27 | XMAS SPECIAL - Danny Rivera, beloved vocalist and Caribbean icon

This is a Spanish podcast with an English intro - I lost my joie de vivre for Christmas a few years back. I’m not a scrooge. Is rather an indifference kind of feeling about it all. However, overall, I don’t limit myself to wishing and praying for people I love to Christmas time at all. I think about humanity and world events and I want a better life for all of us, every day. Truly.

But, this year the spirit of Christmas came knocking at my door and I acknowledge it. This episode 27, is my mom, pops and I sitting around mom’s dining table a few days ago.

Here dad and I talk about one of my theories on why I’ve lost my “joie” for holidays in general, his love for Christmas, his Pido Paz album, childhood and Christmas in Puerto Rico in the 1950s, a song for Sister Isolina Ferré, and all the while Bebe, my mother, throwing her wisdom of historical references. She didn’t “want to be” interviewed but she spoke anyway. ‘Tis her style to let her voice be heard. I owe her so much I can’t even, I’ll save her for Mother’s Day. Dad is incredible. At 71 his voice is solid, mature, profound and uncracked. A beast. He’ll get more episodes, I mean he’s a series onto itself.

Later today, I’m spending Christmas with my parents for the first time in over 35 years.

Amazing and beautiful. I’m verklempt and grateful. Here’s to wishing you all a Merry season and a prosperous and bountiful year 2017.

And, resist neo-fascism.


Soldanela Rivera