Father and Son
When I was a kid I had one dream: to sing and dance like Madonna, Michael Jackson and Andy Bell from Erasure. I wanted to be a great big famous pop-star. Who doesn’t right?!
I grew up listening to my father play his guitar in church choir with my mom singing right beside him with her beautiful unadulterated soprano voice. I remember the songs like I remember my youth full of innocence and hope. My father also had a knack for songwriting. He wrote songs for grupero band Los Sintaxis out of Cornelius, OR. (Noted local hero Manuel Castaneda on synthesizers!!) They had a few local hits and played around town a whole bunch. Those were the times I wore by 80′s parachute pants, would dance while no-one watched, and I would secretly tell myself, “One day I’m gonna be a great big pop-star!”
Unfortunately, singing was a great challenge for me, and dance classes required money and there wasn’t much of that around. So, I entered the theater. Got a degree in it from Southern Oregon University, worked at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in a production of Blood Wedding where I played 2nd young man; it was a very minor role yet it played a significant role in my life. (Up until that point I truly believed theatre was for those actors who didn’t make it onto the big screen! I had no idea it was a form of art and self expression!) I, eventually, moved to Los Angeles, CA, to do the whole actor thing. And, realized it was not for me. I was not thick skinned, I didn’t really have a personal vision and I did not have the confidence I have now. So, after a six month stint at the Los Angeles Music Academy, I up and left Southern California and returned home.
At home, I played my guitar and sang in my room with my door closed. I took weekly voice lessons. And something happened over time. I got better. The voice lessons began to pay off. Performing in public made me stronger and my theatre background really influenced my performing style.
The best thing about returning home is that I’ve also began a songwriting partnership with my dad, Salvador Lopez. Together we have penned dozens of songs. He on his accordion and me my guitar and together singing harmony. It’s so much fun and I am so fortunate to have him in my life and to be able to hang, write songs, and play music with him.
I hope you join us Saturday June 29th at The Jade Lounge at 7pm. We’ll be playing lots of original material as well as some time-honored Mexican standards I grew up listening to as a kid. No cover charge and Kildem Soto is joining us on flutes. Double billing that night is Freddy Trujillo, another Mexican-American rebel musician with his own brand of renegade rock.
See you then!
Joaquin Lopez and Freddy Trujillo
The Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny
Saturday June 29th 2013 at 7pm