Saturday, December 27, 2008

Great finds

So, after chilling with my family ALL Christmas day, I finally got out of the house on Friday. Armed with a gift certificate, I got up early and went to Stonecrest Mall, which is located not too far from my house. Right across the street is Best Buy store. I figured that by getting out of the house early, I could avoid the rush and kill two birds with one stone. After getting to Borders, I was disappointed to learn that they did not have the book I wanted. Driving across Turner Hill Road, I was less than pleased with the cds that were out. So, I bought the movie Beaches instead.

After chilling with my sister-friend, I drove to a Barnes and Noble (BN) bookstore and was pleased to locate the book: Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America. This is one of the longest book titles I have ever seen. What impressed me most about BN is that they have a whole section devoted to LGBT literature. While looking through the cds, I couldn't take my eyes off of one that had a cute girl with a huge afro on the cover. Simply titled Esperanza, I sampled most of the songs and was floored by her talent. A bilingual bassist/singer/songwriter from Oregon, this young lady puts it down with class and remains true to the jazz genre. Check out her website for more information and to sample the songs.

Despite not really celebrating the economic/commercial aspect of the holiday (I didn't buy anybody ANYTHING), these were the best gifts I could have bought for myself. Check them out.


Kenny said...

She has a nice quality to her voice. She's serving with that afro. Do you have a favorite cut of hers?

Losojosnuevos said...

Hey Kenny:
I am really feeling this cd. As far as a favorite, I would have to say it's "I know you know." I'm going to wear this thing out.