Summer 2014 officially starts on Saturday, June 21 at 3:51 AM. For Stoner Elementary, summer started last Thursday afternoon and for CWC, it starts today. Summer in Del Rey is always special. It's a time of beauty and endless possibilities. It's a time of neighborhood block parties, carnivals, music and dancing. I would like to share one of these Del Rey summers with you.
In 2009, right across the street from Stoner ES one of these possibilities became a reality.
Del Rey family and friends came together that summer to create art, love and life. The result was the Summer of Cumbia, the band, and Summer of Cumbia, the album. SOC is local and home grown, but also worldly and cosmopolitan. Summer of Cumbia has songs in multiple language and utilizes a variety of instruments and styles to create a sound that is uniquely Del Rey, but is just as apropos in Bogota, Bordeaux or Busan.
You may recognize the palm trees on the cover of Summer of Cumbia. They are the palms you see from the Stoner ES playground.
I invite you to enjoy and make this summer a cumbia summer.
You can check out Summer of Cumbia songs here:
**I would suggest checking out the local hits "Taco Tuesdays" and "Cumbia del verano"
Finally, someone commented that your humble blogger here is a "tireless advocate for ignorance." You, Sir, should definitely check out SOC's second album the Fall of Cumbia, specifically the track "K.I.S.S. (Keep it stupid, Stoopid)" which was written and performed by your humble blogger.
"vamos on until six in the morning..." Tireless advocate of ignorance indeed!
Just a few more hours left.