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Letter to the Editor: Salsa Music on 4th of July?

Why was salsa music playing in Capitola Village on Independence Day?

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The following letter was submitted on Sunday, July 8 in response to the July 4 featuring , a Latin salsa band.

July 4th. The birthday of our country. Barbeques. Parties on the beach. Family gatherings. Parades. All accompanied by our flags, pride in our country, and patriotic songs sung from the heart.

There is nothing more meaningful than listening to and singing along with those special songs dedicated to our country, sung from the heart. "This Is My Country," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "America the Beautiful," Souza marches. But not in Captiola, not in the Village on July 4th. 

For reasons still not known, Mayor Termini approved a Mexican salsa band to be the signature music to celebrate a uniquely American holiday. One has to wonder how Mexican music, performed in Spanish, could possibly be considered appropriate for the most patriotic day of the year. While the happy, foot-tapping music of a salsa band definitely has a place in the very diverse California, it is not the type of music wanted or expected as a background to the Fourth of July celebrations. 

One has to wonder if an all-American patriotic band, playing Souza marches would be welcomed or appreciated in a Cinco de Mayo celebration. It is a ridiculous idea to even contemplate. It is equally ridiculous to presume a salsa band should be showcased on July 4th. 

Whoever authorized this, from the Mayor to the Arts and Cultural Commission, should be reprimanded. Please pair the right music with the right celebration. There are many celebrations and events in Capitola, more than enough to showcase every conceivable type of music. But for this one day, this one celebration, remember what it is, what it celebrates, and pair that day with the right music. 

Beth Osgoode

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What do you think of salsa music on July 4? Do you agree with Ms Osgoode's letter? Disagree? Did you go to the concert? Tell us in the comments!

Submit your own letter to the editor by sending an email to jacob.bourne@patch.com.

David Housings July 11, 2012 at 07:21 PM
ItsMeCissy, I took my Mother to the CInco de Mayo festival in Watsonville one year and was horrified to see kids stomping on the American flag and the crowd laughing about it. That's the last time I will go to a Cinco de Mayo celebration. What is wrong with this country anyway when people who enjoy our freedoms repay the country by dishonoring it?
Alan Smithee July 11, 2012 at 10:36 PM
PLEASE ALLOW ME TO CLARIFY TO ALL YOU POINTY HEADED FOOLS THAT SALSA IS NOT MEXICAN OR SPANISH MUSIC! IT IS IN FACT CUBAN...SO WHEN MAKING YOUR OBTUSE COMMENTS HERE, PLEASE REFER TO IT AS CUBAN MUSIC. HOWEVER, I KNOW ALL OF US LOOK ALIKE TO YOU, SO IT DOESN'T MATTER. THANKS :)
Amber I July 11, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Pointy Headed Fool! WOW that is the raciest thing put on here!! Cuba, Spain, Puerto Rico, México, El Salvador is Hispanic descent. All forms of Spanish dialect. Think you to this to a whole new level!! And FYI Salsa is Played IN Watsonville at most celebrations of Hispanic holidays. Where you bitching to them then!! No just to the White Pointy headed people, who felt disrespected by them singing in Spanish!! Hello SPANISH!!! See it’s not the white people (by the way how do you even know if I’m white? I have a Spanish last name and you have no clue what my skin color is .... Being a little hasty on your part! to assume!) And honestly you’re going to tell me that Cubans don’t call it Salsa music hmmm I beg to differ!! Who’s really being Racist and Ignorant!!!
Beth of Aptos July 12, 2012 at 02:04 AM
To Alan Smithee: First of you, you are the only one on this forum making racist remarks. No one who objected to the salsa music did so in a racist manner. The objection was the timing, period. Secondly, you have no idea of the shapes of our heads (i.e., Pointy Headed Fool), or our race. For all you know, I may be a Latino woman married, regardless of my last name (yours is apparently Smithee which is also not Latino). Except for twins, triplets, quadtruplets, quints, no one looks alike to me. Thankfully, we all have our own individual looks and personalities. That is the kind of statement that shows your own outlook on life and people. The objection to the music, again, is the timing. The people who planned the band had to know that the Fourth fell on that particular Wednesday and should have taken that in mind. By the way, not only do you sound racist, but you also sound childish. People who do not have convincing arguments to counteract another's opinion generally do fall to name calling.
Quite Big Bill July 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM
There is a natural balance in place when the arts draw their support directly from the Public. Such controversies arise when government and politicians start making the decisions about the arts. There’d be little to complain about if a local bar had hired a salsa band to perform on the 4th, or even if another one had hired religiously attired strippers to perform on Easter Sunday. But, once the Taxpayers are required to foot the “arts” bill, such examples of freely expressed private individual taste become thorny public political issues.

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