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I’m happy playing my instrument. And I’m even happier when I notice that my music attracts forest animals. I thank the Virgin of the Rosary for giving me this marvelous talent.

Every time my colleagues and I went to sing serenades I used to pass a couple of tequilas to warm up my voice. But lately I was going out of hand with it to the extent of coming drunk and spoiling the serenades. I thank Saint Cecily because my colleagues gave me another opportunity, and I promised them to become an abstinent mariachi again.

Paulino Fernandez
Aguascalientes, Mexico

We thank the Virgin of Guadalupe because today is 30 years since we formed our trio “Los Primos” and we always have job.

Trio “Los Primos”

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The mariachi “Voices of Mexico” dedicate this humble retablo, with great faith and devotion, to Saint Cecily for having a lot of work because the tourists who came to the Garibaldi Sq. are very fond of their music and hire them to brighten up their Mexican nights.

Mexico City

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James Eddy gives infinite thanks to Santa Cecilia, the patroness saint of music and musicians, for giving us Johnny Cash, Mac Miller, The Clash, Chilly Gonzales, Frank Zappa, Nina Simone, The Velvet Underground, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, Mose Allison, Radiohead, Hank Williams, Elliot Smith, Cotton Jones, Benjamin Biolay, Sebastian Tellier, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Los Lobos, Joan Armatrading, Taj Mahal, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mac DeMarco, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Angus & Julia Stone, Jerry Garcia, The Beatles, Luciano Paverotti, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley and Elvis Costello, Patsy Cline, Jimmy Hendrix, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Dylan, Clapton, Morphine (the band), Lyle Lovett, Dave Brubeck, William Fitzsimmons, Kurt Cobain, Kurt Vile, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Meshell Ndegeocello, Sufjan Stevens, Ry Cooder, Vieux Farka Toure, Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Dr Dre, The Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Doc Watson, Nick Drake, Patricia Barber, Arcade Fire, Tim Hardin, Ella Fitzgerald, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, 70′s Disco, The Waltz and the Dosey Doe, Louise Eddy on ukulele and Casey Kasem’s Top 40 countdown.

San Francisco, California. February 19, Covid-21

At the end of the year, in my lands, I met a stray dog, in which I saw bad intentions. It was approaching to bite me. As I saw its fangs, I prayed to the Lord of the Lightnings, who seeing me playing on guitar heard my prayers and protected me.

Gil Perez
Zacatecas, MMX

James Eddy gives infinite thanks to Louise Eddy for helping him find his voice.

San Francisco, CA
December 2020

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Señor Juan Gutierrez brings the present retablo testifying his gratitude to Saint John Bosco who made so he was given a job as a music teacher, and the things are going very well, and he’s got very good students.

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The band “Chiapanec melodies” formed by Lucas, Jose and Efren, dedicate the present retablo in gratitude to the Virgin of Guadalupe for letting them to perform every weekend at the town bandstand bringing joy to the people’s hearts with their marimba which they play with all their enthusiasm.

Chiapas, Mexico

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A housemaid Juaquina Romero brings this retablo to the Virgin of the Solitude infinitely thanking her because her mistress, the painter Frida, gave her her device to listen the music.

Mexico, 194*

Adriano Castillo, the guitarist of the rock band “The Black Cats”, got his hair on fire at the end of a gig when the sparklers at the end of his guitar exploded. He was very frightened. He thanks Saint Augustine for his face didn’t burn and he just lost part of his full head of hair.

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

I, a street musician, was walking with my doggies Canico and Capi, when suddenly the bony death appeared dancing to the rhythm of my violin. I was so scared, I implored the Holy Cross, and it disappeared.

Anastacio Valdez

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May you be blessed, Virgin of Guadalupe, for I got my voice back. I was left unable to speak, and I implored you promising this retablo if you’d help me. You know that’s how I earn my living performing serenades and songs in taverns here in Garibaldi. Look after me in my job, and I promise to dedicate you a cantata on every December 12.

Juan Perez, Mexico City

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