Thalia bares her soul in autobiography “Growing Stronger”

My love or like for Thalia changes based on my moods and also where she is in her career. During her Melody days, I was all up on her… Even as she moved to EMI but at some point in the course of history, I moved on to “following” other artists and let Thalia live in existence in a world where she realized an album and I bought it. That is it. Yeah, I knew she got married; but any more than that, Thalia and I were on a pure music friendship. I listened to her music, and nothing more.

Who knew she wrote a book? Who knew she has Lyme disease and almost died. If it wasn’t on a CD, I didn’t know. Just recently, I was searching for a book to read for my upcoming work trip. I browsed the entire libraries digital database in the biography section and saw Thalia had a book on there. I immediately knew what I was going to read for the next week.

As a Thalia “music” fan, I knew I wanted the book to cover certain points of her career. Like Ricky Martin’s autobiography, most fans wanted to know about Menudo. I wanted to know about Timbiriche. I got a small part in a chapter. I felt let down. To certain fans, like myself, my devotion for Thalia is based on her experience in Timbiriche. If it wasn’t for Timbiriche, I don’t know how or even “IF” Thalia would be in my catalog of music. Mostly yes, but would I have had enough desire to spend a week reading about her life if I didn’t want to know more about her time in Timbiriche? Probably not. So as I stated, I was let down.

Thalia has had a lifetime of professional experiences, as well as personal. This book talks more about the personal side of her world, than the professional. We don’t have major stories about the little things like Timbiriche, Marimar, or any one particular event. What we got stories of is her family, her sadness, her loneliness, her faith, her husband, and all the little things that make her, her. These same stories and feelings follow us throughout the book, in every chapter. How many times do we need to hear that her mother followed her everywhere and was her best friend. How many times do we have to hear Tommy is the love of her life.

As a fan, I want to hear “chisme” or the gossip of Timbiriche, more about what it was like recording this or that. I understand that the book was written for a reason. Thalia has still a lifetime of experiences to live and those may again be added to another book; but this time, we are reading about the change between Thalia then and Thalia now and what it took for her to get to this place in her life.

There were still many things I have learned about Thalia and her career, which is what I wanted to know. There also was a lot I learned about her personal life and how she views things. These views can provide a little of self-help for those who look at the words and come at them with an open mind and heart. Thalia is still an influential person and as a whole, this book might be the light in many of fans who need Thalia to guide them there.

Ricky Martin’s bloody entrance on “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”

The expected release on the second season of American Crime Story began this week and featured Latin pop sensation, Ricky Martin. With season two, the story focuses on Gianni Versace and the serial killer, Andrew Cunanan, who killed Versace in cold blood along with four others during a three-month spree.

Ricky Martin plays Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s lover of fifteen years. Fans of Ricky have been waiting to see him on the small screen again after quite a while. While Ricky had a small guest role in the TV show, Glee; it has been since the mid-nineties, since he has been a regular on a television show. Ricky is a performer, so being on stage is something that he portrays comfortably. But the stage is so different from television and his overplayed emotions and facial expressions that would be perceived as normal in front of a crowd on stage comes off forced in the emotional scenes that make up the first episode.

While Ricky makes his appearance early on, it isn’t until Cunanan shot Versace do we see Ricky come out on the steps of the Versace mansion and the overacting kicks in. It continues while the police question him about his relationship with Versace. Maybe he was trying to portray “shocked” but I know that if I was in his position, I would have been at the hospital and not sitting down with police. Again, I felt that the situation was far-fetched and overplayed. Even Penelope Cruz’s portrayal of Donatella Versace seemed forced, yet I know little about her personally to know if the portrayal is off.

But fans are happy, and so am I. It is great to see Ricky continuing to get recognition and a role in such a prominent television show that is shown all over the world. Following Ricky since Menudo, it is always nice to see him succeed and maybe one day, I won’t look at him as 12-year-old Little Ricky…but as a Menudo fan, I doubt it.

Gloria Trevi’s life story hits the big screen

When I heard that there was going to be a Gloria Trevi movie, I was finally excited that someone I have grown up with and have followed was going to have a movie based on their life. Normally, we have to wait until the person is dead before seeing their life story; but this time…her life still has more story to tell.

Gloria Trevi wanted to be a household name, wanted to famous, actually, she wanted to be infamous. She is and all before turning forty. Directed by Christian Keller, “Gloria” is the story of Mexican pop singer, Gloria Trevi, who rose to fame quickly and was so in love with her manager and producer that she allowed herself to be manipulated and used for his personal pleasures and gain. This isn’t a spoiler alert because this is the true life story of Gloria Trevi.

The film opened in 2014 at various film festivals, and in Mexico on January 1, 2015. It was limited released in various cities in the US during the year, but never made it is Houston, which has a big Latino community. We had to wait for the DVD and digital releases in October of 2015 to be able to watch the film.

We watched the English sub-titled version, as my wife wanted to watch it also, and I found that I honestly couldn’t tell who I was actually watching. Was that Gloria Trevi or actress Sofía Espinosa? The story was intriguing, I was wrapped up into it. Any fan of Latin pop music knows Gloria Trevi and her crazy antics on stage, but what we never saw was the pain that she went through behind the scenes. While they portrayed Gloria as a victim in the movie, they still showed her as the strong and determined artist we all have grown to love.

I loved the film and want to watch it again. My only criticism about the film is a few of the timelines. When Gloria came out with her first album and appeared on Siempre En Domingo, it was 1989. As Gloria and her posse were walking through the backstage, you saw other key artists like Lucero (Lucerito) walking off stage. Because the producers were using iconic artists and looks, they put Lucero’s cameo in the era of 1982 with her gold jumpsuit and gold and black headband. Many casual movie watchers or even Gloria Trevi fans might not catch that quick error, but I did as I have interested in how they portrayed other people like Raul Velasco and Paty Chapoy.

Another small error in timelines was when Sergio Andrade and Gloria Trevi were sitting in the restaurant and Sergio told Gloria that he could have “La Jarocha” to sing the songs and that he didn’t need Gloria. By the time this was happening, Yuri was already working with Loris Cerronni & Gian Pietro Felisatti and had already cut ties with Sergio in the early ’80s.

The movie is definitely worth the watch. It told the story from beginning to end, the end being her being released from jail and starting her life order. Again, no spoilers because we all know that Gloria was released and has moved on and is doing extremely well in the second half of her career. She has finally embraced the film and supported the story and the promotion. Give it a watch, if you haven’t already.