Corpus Christi, Texas
An Essay by Gary L. Wolfstone, J.D.
Her voice has an Edith Piaf quality ... resonant and a little
husky ... it reaches out to you and grabs you by the lapels!
The song "Tu, Solo Tu" is haunting. I hear it in my dreams
and know that Selena is singing to me ... singing only for me. She is an
Angel in Heaven now, and she makes the other Angels weep with joy!
She was my contemporary, and I was unaware of her. Never
heard her voice while she lived. I am sad to admit that I have only
discovered her this year ... in 2003 ... and only now because I saw
her biography on television ... the lead role played by Jennifer
Lopez. It touched me deeply. It inspired me to rush out and buy
the CD ... Selena Ones ... which I shall treasure forever.
The image of the youthful Selena singing for her beloved father
Abraham ... her magnificent voice striking his heart! That
image lingers in my mind because I have three daughters whom I love
dearly and who amazed time and again as they were growing up. It lingers
in my mind because the first woman I loved (at age seven years) was a
Mexican American girl named Celita. It lingers in my mind because I, too,
recognized the great gift that Heaven had sent me in my daughters
at about the same age as Selena in the film.
I can identify
with Abraham watching his beautiful young daughter going through a maturation
and development from a precious child to a radiantly beautiful woman. I dream
of the life they had together and the love and devotion she obviously gave him.
I console him for the guilt feelings he must have experienced when he
realized that he should have used some other approach to dealing with
Yolanda, the shooter.
I am pleased that Selena's family
insisted that J. Lopez lip sync Selena's music so that the soundtrack is Selena's
voice and music ... there is no voice and no music equal to Selena. I am
pleased that America is coming to know Selena ... her music is exciting
and inspires love and respect. I am filled with grief at having lost Selena's
The photo below is a four year old Mexican
girl who sings like Selena. For lack of music and for lack of an instrument,
she uses her jump rope as her microphone. She bursts into dance at the
mention of Selena's name, and her
voice is remarkably similar to Selena's voice at the same age ... perhaps
Selena is her Guardian Angel ... yes! ... I am sure of it!
I realize that she was not perfect, but my adoration for Selena is
perfect. Now that you have touched me, Selena, I am loving you, as a father loves his daughter. I am loving you to the outer limits of
my heart. I am loving you to the innermost depths of my soul.
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