— by Tony Pucci, host of the Pollyanna Cowgirl Podcast
Some of the albums in my music library with the most powerful memory associations are related to a very unique event or period of time. In 2001 I traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, for three weeks. I was a supervisor on a production line involving laser communications, and my company was shipping the process to our facility in Guadalajara. I was lucky enough to travel to Mexico on the company’s dime to train their people on operating the machinery and processes. On a side note, this was in April and May of 2001, pre-9/11, and I recall traveling with a pocket knife in my pocket which security could have cared less about. Times have changed.
I could have stayed in Mexico forever. I was put up at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Guadalajara, and the buffets there were amazing. They had 6 different kinds of salsa, and that was just for breakfast! Down the street was a liquor store, with 50 cent cans of Tecate (what the high school kids drink, I was told) and the new love of my life, Negra Modelo. Trust me, chips and guacamole mixed with sips of Negra Modelo is one of the most amazing taste sensations on this planet. Across the street was a little hole-in-the-wall local restaurant whose walls were covered with team photos of the Chivas de Guadalajara Futbol Team from years past, and the food was insanely good and cheap. I loved how the black-and-white stripes of the team reminded me of another favorite team, the Geelong Cats of the Australian Football League. On evening, I even got to stand atop the ruins of El Ixtépete, the oldest Mayan pyramid in Mexico, as the sun set behind the mountains…very awesome!
So, what does all of this have to do with music? (more…)