Good Morning, Aztlán : The Words Picture and Songs of Louie Peréz (published by Tia Chucha Press) has just been published and it is a breathtaking examination of Perez’s masterful storytelling in the name of sharing the lesson that we have more in common than we are different.
This week, Louie Peréz sits down for a wide-ranging interview about the book, his own story, his creative bond with David Hidalgo that stretches back to the 11th grade and his commitment to telling the stories of the world as he has seen it from countless tour buses.
Good Morning, Aztlán has songs as well as short stories, poetry and philosophical riffs all written by Peréz and we selected a few to include in the show. (Big thanks to Alt.Latino contributor Marisa Arbona-Ruiz‘s multi-talented acting skills for the dramatic readings on the show this week. Get your tissues out for her reading of “Little John Of God” one of Peréz ‘s most powerfully emotional songs.)
With David Hidalgo as his writing partner and the rest of Los Lobos as the vehicle that brings those stories to life, Louie Peréz has created an imaginary world full of real life joys and pains and wonder that seems worlds away from the hippie mariachi I saw. But the through line going back to 8-year-old Louie Peréz of East LA has been his fascination with the written word. And we all have benefited from that.