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Options November 1, 2020: Bonnie Cisneros - Missing My Muertos

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On Sunday, November 1, 2020, All Saints’ Day and Día de los Muertos Eve, DJ Despeinada, a Chicana spiritual activist from the borderlands of South Texas, will present a show entitled “Missing my Muertos” on WFMU’s Radio Row. Artwork credit: Audrya Flores
On Sunday, November 1, 2020, All Saints’ Day and Día de los Muertos Eve, DJ Despeinada, a Chicana spiritual activist from the borderlands of South Texas, will present a show entitled “Missing my Muertos” on WFMU’s Radio Row. Artwork credit: Audrya Flores

Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Bonnie Cisneros guest hosts
  El Día de los Muertos has ancient indigenous roots in what is now known as México with rituals and iconography that evolved after the European conquest and subsequent colonialism. More recently, the sacred season has morphed even further due to Coco-fication (thanks, Disney), also known as the pizza effect, in the form of plastic calaveras and Day of the Dead-themed paraphernalia sold at dollar stores and high-end boutiques alike.

But the bottom line remains the same: this is the season when the dead come home.

The show will feature music I gathered from my own private playlist of grieving and healing. I am building a bicultural/bilingual ofrenda, an offering of songs, which represents my own personal muertitos whose absence still kill me, and whose yearly visitations are cause for pause and celebration.
Selena & David Byrne  God's Child (Baila Conmigo)   Options Dreaming of You  1995  https://au.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/selena-dreaming-of-you-anniversary-14439/  0:00:22 (Pop‑up)
  Oh, how I miss my rancho schoolteacher great-grandma, and my favorite tío, the fisherman, and my loco father who died alone in his easy chair, and my secret hero lover man, and my puro Mexicano grandpa who wept at Hank Williams’ songs, and my bad abuela who showed me where to look among the garbage and the flowers, and my sad clown tío who only recently joined this army of angels.
SAN CHA  Levanta Dolores   Options La Luz de Esperanza  2019  https://sheshreds.com/san-cha-debuts-levanta-dolores/  0:05:27 (Pop‑up)
Eric Burden & War  Paint It Black   Options The Black-Man's Burdon  1970  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTbvJ-bYPh8  0:08:02 (Pop‑up)
Los Panchos  Te Quiero Dijiste “Muñequita Linda”   Options Grandes Exitos del Trio Los Panchos Vol. 1  1958  https://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/grovemusic/view/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.001.0001/omo-9781561592630-e-1002262737  0:14:49 (Pop‑up)
  Distance keeps me from visiting cemeteries and cleaning graves, and some of my muertos aren’t buried anywhere anyway, so that part of the tradition dies with me.
Grupo Santa Cecilia  50 Formas de Perder Tu Amor   Options Kung Fu Fighting    https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_de_México  0:17:08 (Pop‑up)
  In San Antonio, the wind starts to shift around mid-October, and I feel this glittery feeling as I prepare to build a home altar that is a centerpiece of memory. The idea is to tempt the spirits, or at least remind them, of their former earthly delights. Photos, artifacts, favorite foods and libations to jog their senses, candles and cempasúchil (marigolds) to help them navigate the fog, water to parch the dusty thirst, and music, always music.
Nina Simone  Suzanne   Options To Love Somebody  1969    0:20:27 (Pop‑up)
Sávila  Cantame   Options Sávila  2018  https://savila.bandcamp.com/album/s-vila-lp  0:24:38 (Pop‑up)
Steve Jordan  Las Olas   Options La Camelia  1975  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jordan_(accordionist)  0:30:37 (Pop‑up)
  Ofrendas and altars are a way of sending signals through the wispy veil, but I like the idea that “Missing My Muertos” will be transmitted over radio and Internet waves. And then archived!

The songs themselves will flow out and mirror the now debunked, but still relevant, Kübler-Ross Five Stages of Grief, and I find it achingly appropriate that I use my airtime to acknowledge the dead and dedicate songs to them during the 2020 pandemic. Who didn’t feel denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and (finally, maybe) acceptance over the past months in quarantine?
The Sir Douglas Quintet  At The Crossroads   Options Mendocino  1969  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp3hJV1Myw0  0:34:00 (Pop‑up)
Charles Bradley ft. Menahan Street Band  Heart of Gold   Options No Time for Dreaming  2011  https://daptonerecords.com/artists/charles-bradley/  0:38:35 (Pop‑up)
The Breeders  I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)   Options Divine Hammer EP  1993  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G95_TfSa0VA  0:42:46 (Pop‑up)
Hank Williams  I Saw The Light   Options The Complete Hank Williams  1948  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fCtwicHxG8  0:45:23 (Pop‑up)
  In my research I found that there is a proposed sixth stage: meaning.

Maybe I want my show to mean something in the face of all this loss.

Mainstream and subculture, American and Latinx, dead and living, women and men, we all lose what we love most, and that includes this earthly existence. The encroaching appropriation of a Mexican holiday with indigenous roots is only tapping into a universal, though long buried, part of life on earth. As Nick Cave and friends insist: death is not the end.
Natalia Lafourcade  Que La Vida Vale   Options Que La Vida Vale  2018  https://www.npr.org/2018/10/09/654828028/natalia-lafourcade-is-the-21st-centurys-guardian-of-cultural-memory  0:47:21 (Pop‑up)
Julieta Venegas  Mis Muertos   Options La Enamorada  2019  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e10l1oGPBDU  0:50:33 (Pop‑up)
Los Bravos del Norte de Ramón Ayala  Un Puño de Tierra   Options Puño de Tierra  1988  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlI4unSKJzk  0:54:37 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  5:02pm djsheilab:

Fabulous opening track! Excited for your show, Bonnie!
Avatar 5:03pm chresti:

Hi Bonnie! Happy dia de los muertos!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:04pm Gaylord Fields:

Hi, Bonnie! Thank you for bringing and sharing your offerings to your departed to WFMU.
  5:05pm Despeinada from Texas:

Hiiiiii y’all Ohmygod it’s happening
  5:05pm Despeinada from Texas:

Thank you for being here. We’re in the backyard it’s sunny and windy and lovely in San Anto
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:06pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hello, Bonnie Cisneros. Let's bust open this musical piñata! Selena was cool.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:06pm radioronan:

Perfect - looking forward to this, Bonnie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:07pm olivia:

Thank you Bonnie for this show today! Loving it so far
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:07pm Gaylord Fields:

@Despeinada from Texas: Again, I am honored that you are in this space showing something true.
  5:07pm ami ad:

Hello DJ. Hello all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:08pm olivia:

Well said, Gaylord!
  5:09pm Jett:

Parece que va ser bien triste, asi como el estado de tiempo de hoy.
  5:09pm Despeinada from Texas:

San Cha crying! The stages of grief are opening up in the first couple of songs
  5:10pm ash:

Uhhhh, the crying for extra effect....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:13pm Gaylord Fields:

Thank you, olivia — and thank you for helping make this needed catharsis happen.
  5:13pm ?:

make me
  5:14pm KiKia Villa:

Badass version of a Badass sing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:14pm Therese:

Really enjoying the program, Bonnie!
  Swag For Life Member 5:17pm spookiooki:

me too! sounds good, Bonnie! thank you
  5:17pm Jett:

I love El Trio Los Panchos in all their different incarnations. Muy precioso!
  5:19pm hdMartinez:

Fabulous show. Glad FMU is doing this. Great to hear
a new perspective for a change.
  5:19pm Despeinada from Texas:

  Swag For Life Member 5:19pm spookiooki:

this is great :)
  5:19pm Despeinada from Texas:

That’s all I can say ayyyyy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:22pm olivia:

Avatar 5:23pm coelacanth∅:

Beautiful Beautiful! i've listened to this version 4-5X in the past few weeks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:23pm theia:

great program :)
Avatar 5:23pm coelacanth∅:

greetings DJ Despeinada and all
  5:24pm ami ad:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:26pm BadBob:

¡Muy bein
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:29pm Gaylord Fields:

@hdMartinez: The purpose of this weekly hour is to bring new perspectives to WFMU, so it's good for us that you've acknowledged your approval.
  5:30pm Despeinada from Texas:

I looooove this band Sávila
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:31pm osvi:

Feliz Dia de Los Muertos! Loving it!
  5:32pm djsheilab:

This show is incredibly moving. Truly. Thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:32pm LW Rhino:

Loving this show very much...beautiful tribute to the departed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:34pm Stillwell Coney Islander:

Buenas tardes Bonnie, gracias por compartir hermosos recuerdos de su encantadora familia.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:34pm MD:

I am loving the show...Thank You!
El Día de los Muertos
  5:35pm Jett:

Steve Jordan, otro gran genio que tristemente no ha sido sufficientemente reconocido. Very lovely. Que Dios bendiga este programa que nos ofreces de tu corazon. Que tengas un gran Noviembre 2.
  5:35pm KiKia Villa:

She’s here she’s listening she’s proud of you...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:35pm geoff mcq:

Really REALLY enjoying this show.
  5:37pm Despeinada from Texas:

Esteban Jordan presente!!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:40pm JG:

  5:40pm noel:

Great job Bonnie...keep 'em comin
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:40pm Chris J:

Tuned in late but will be sure to listen from the beginning once the archive is up. Loving "Missing My Muertos"!
  Swag For Life Member 5:42pm spookiooki:

aloha, coelacanthØ! has the time-travel-lag?
  Swag For Life Member 5:43pm spookiooki:

how is the*... lag?
  5:43pm Kpx:

El dia de los muertos, remembering the Dead, giving respect and honor. Would that be essentially correct.
  5:43pm Despeinada from Texas:

My mom is listening hiiiiii Ilza from Brownsville
Avatar 5:44pm coelacanth∅:

Hank! (ish)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:44pm olivia:

hi Ilza!
Avatar 5:45pm coelacanth∅:

...never heard this breeders. what the hell happened?
  Swag For Life Member 5:45pm spookiooki:

hi Ilza! Browsville one of the few places in Texas i've been! (on my way to Matamoros, MX)
Avatar 5:45pm newberry:

Loving the music Bonnie!
Avatar 5:46pm coelacanth∅:

hey scariodi - the cool thing is we have 2 time zones within my apartment.
  5:46pm turtles:

I thought I heard Kim Deal!
  5:46pm Jett:

Hank Williams is my favorite artist of all-time. Thank you for including his composition in your wonderful program honoring loved ones of yours. Muchas Bendiciones.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:46pm Pauly from Clifton:

Hi Bonnie, Skeletons, folks! Bonnie, I am loving your show. Thanks so very much for the great tunes and vibes. I hope to hear you over the airwaves again. Soon!
Avatar 5:47pm coelacanth∅:

hi Ilza in brownsville! is that where that station is?!
(that's all i know about brownsville)
  5:47pm KiKia Villa:

Rest in Paradise Salvo, we remember your Heart of Gold!
  Swag For Life Member 5:47pm spookiooki:

2 time zones in one apartment!? *head explodes* now i've heard everything; must be challenging scheduling dinner, showers, etc!
Avatar 5:48pm van chinski:

really enjoying the show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:49pm steveo:

Hello... Great to hear you, enjoying a lot
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:50pm diciassette:

<3 <3 <3
Avatar 5:50pm coelacanth∅:

"fortunately" spodi i have virtually no schedule for anything.
...and sorry about that mess you now have to clean up.
  5:51pm noel:

such a wonderful and moving set Bonnie. Thank you!
Avatar 5:51pm van chinski:

Just saying I'd listen to you DJ on WFMU on the regular, thanks so much
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:52pm diciassette:

all spaghetti heads are in agreement!
Avatar 5:52pm coelacanth∅:

angelhairhead votes yay
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:54pm WaffleMix:

Wow. Tuned in late, will need to catch on the archives...
  5:54pm Kpx:

FMU, always bringing a little of this, and a little of that. buenos noches Bonnie. muchas gracias.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:54pm olivia:

ravioli joins her pasta patriots in enthusiastic agreement
  5:56pm Barb M:

I’m loving your first ever radio show! Thank you for sharing your gift!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:56pm listener 126464:

It makes sense Macaroni invented radio.
  5:56pm KiKia Villa:

Encantada de la vida con tu programa tus canciones y tus recuerdos. Que viva la DJ Despeinada!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:56pm olivia:

Thank you for a very moving show, Bonnie. Your words and sentiment will be sticking with me for a long while :)
  5:56pm Despeinada from Texas:

Remember your muertos!
  5:56pm Siobhan:

This was such a lovely show. Look forward to hearing from you again
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:56pm Therese:

This was wonderful. Thank you for sharing!
  Swag For Life Member 5:56pm spookiooki:

thank you, Bonnie!
  5:57pm Jett:

Que Dios te acompañe, Bonnie. Me gusto mucho, y se que abriste tu corazon hoy por el radio.
Avatar 5:57pm chresti:

Muchas gracias, Bonnie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:57pm olivia:

good one, listener 126464 haha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:57pm listener 126464:

Thank you Bonnie that was so good! Thanks FMU!
Avatar 5:57pm coelacanth∅:

(and don't forget muerte (the band) if you're so inclined!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:57pm Gaylord Fields:

Thank you, Bonnie/DJ Despeinada! I hope this is not the last we hear of you on these airwaves. Recordaré a mis muertos.
  5:57pm Sem:

This was such a great show. Thank you so much for opening your heart to us and sharing your music!! It's been a lovely evening hanging out with you :)
Avatar 5:58pm chresti:

I remember my muertos every day!
  5:58pm J&E in Ithaca NY:

Thank you for a great program! We were setting an alter in our home here today and were happy to hear this great set of music and your remembrances.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:58pm radioronan:

Thanks Bonnie..Thanks skeletons.. I'm gonna repeat myself..Tidy your alters, steam your tamales, light some candles and make some offerings to those departed for Dia de Muertos. A peaceful & restful rest of the day to all!
  5:58pm Greg from Brooklyn:

Excellent show! Hope you come back!
  5:58pm Anthony S.:

Such a brilliant show! Building altars! I LOVED this so hard! Thank you!
Avatar 5:59pm coelacanth∅:

listener 126464 haha!
  5:59pm Despeinada from Texas:

Ohmygod Ramon Ayalaaaaa
  5:59pm Despeinada from Texas:

I’m so happpppy
  5:59pm cronbat:

  5:59pm ash:

Ramon Ayala, as I live and breathe.
Avatar 5:59pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Despeinada! Beautiful!
  5:59pm Despeinada from Texas:

I think I’m back for a Valentines show I’m already brainstorming
  6:00pm noel:

looking fwd to your next show...thank you Bonnie!!!
  6:01pm Mahall:

This has been a great show. Hope you come back.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Doobois:

Stunning program. Thank you.
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