The following letter was submitted on Sunday, July 8 in response to the July 4 featuring , a Latin salsa band.
July 4th. The birthday of our country. Barbeques. Parties on the beach. Family gatherings. Parades. All accompanied by our flags, pride in our country, and patriotic songs sung from the heart.
There is nothing more meaningful than listening to and singing along with those special songs dedicated to our country, sung from the heart. "This Is My Country," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "America the Beautiful," Souza marches. But not in Captiola, not in the Village on July 4th.
For reasons still not known, Mayor Termini approved a Mexican salsa band to be the signature music to celebrate a uniquely American holiday. One has to wonder how Mexican music, performed in Spanish, could possibly be considered appropriate for the most patriotic day of the year. While the happy, foot-tapping music of a salsa band definitely has a place in the very diverse California, it is not the type of music wanted or expected as a background to the Fourth of July celebrations.
One has to wonder if an all-American patriotic band, playing Souza marches would be welcomed or appreciated in a Cinco de Mayo celebration. It is a ridiculous idea to even contemplate. It is equally ridiculous to presume a salsa band should be showcased on July 4th.
Whoever authorized this, from the Mayor to the Arts and Cultural Commission, should be reprimanded. Please pair the right music with the right celebration. There are many celebrations and events in Capitola, more than enough to showcase every conceivable type of music. But for this one day, this one celebration, remember what it is, what it celebrates, and pair that day with the right music.
What do you think of salsa music on July 4? Do you agree with Ms Osgoode's letter? Disagree? Did you go to the concert? Tell us in the comments!
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