On August 28, 2016 we lost a Mexican legend; Juan Gabriel.
My heart is heavy, my family is grieving and his music has been playing all morning. Juan Gabriel’s music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. While pre-teen Julie was listening to *NSYNC and Britney Spears, my parents would play Juan Gabriel on Saturday mornings hoping that my taste in music would get better. It took me a few years to come around but I have been listening and loving his music for the last couple of years.
My love for him extended past his discography. Juan Gabriel was a flamboyant, unapologetic and honest man. He existed in a culture who prides itself on its “manly” behavior. The “machismo” mentality is very real and very forced upon in the Mexican culture and Juan Gabriel not only went against it, but he was also accepted within the culture itself. My father is a man’s man and yesterday I saw him cry over this man whose music he listened to throughout his life.
The world has lost a man who perfectly captured emotions and beautifully put them into breathtaking songs. He was a Grammy award winning singer-songwriter and his 45-year career was full of classic ballads and romantic rancheras. He was a performer through and through, capturing your entire attention the moment that he stepped on stage. I tried to get tickets to his concert multiple times but was unlucky and never got to see him live.
I write this with a heavy heart and with tears in my eyes but I will cherish and share his music for as long as I live. He is a true musical legend and we are lucky to have existed in the same lifetime as him.