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Did You Hear Rick Treviño’s Cinco de Mayo Song?

When I saw that Rick Treviño had a new single called Cinco de Mayo, I immediately thought, “What the heck is he doing?”

I immediately went to memories of Little Joe’s Dieciseis de Septiembre which I first thought was hokey back in the 90s, but I accept more now because of issues regarding Chicano culture and identity that I like to research.

Trevino’s Cinco de Mayo starts off a little hokier speaking to the usual drinking and partying ID that the holiday has. But he manages to deliver a message if you listen closely, as well as a strong piano and horn samba sound.

“I keep serving up Jose Cuervo and calling the Gringo mi amigo. Everyone’s saying, “Que pasa” and singing La Bamba.”

Uh, did he just do some reverse stereotyping that I enjoy sarcastically doing? If so, Right On!

Anyway, he adds:

“Maybe just for today, leave the border alone. Today don’t send anyone home. It’s Cinco de Mayo.”

Did he just make a pro-migrant political pronouncement?

OK, Rick. I’m liking this tune more as I give it more listens. Whatever the intent, great message. Listen to it on YouTube.

No doubt, Trevino has been on swing of cultural pride in his music. Plus, there are collabs he’s done with greats, such as Los Super Seven, Ruben Ramos, as well as being produced by Raul Malo on some recent albums, among other projects.  So, his creativity is understandable and way different from his Nashville-produced early work.

Last year, with Los Texmaniacs, and then Trevino with Flaco Jimenez, released a single called I Am A Mexican. The tune is about a Mexican’s love for the adopted country that shows its dislike for him on a daily basis. It’s poignant, yet, quite sharp. And it gets quite the response when he performs it live.

Another tune is Cowboys Like Me, with which many can identify with it’s intro lyric, “My granddaddies daddy crossed the Rio Grande, trying to find a better life than what he had…” It’s one of my favorites as my yard had a chain-linked fence, and I loved using my unloaded BB rifle to play “cowboys” in the backyard with friends. (Listen to it to get it.)

Anyway, enjoy the tunes. I’m looking forward to the new album. And if someone whines about it, tell them, “It’s about identity, pendejo!”

Gracias, Rick!

Cinco de Mayo

I Am A Mexican

Cowboys Like Me








A COVID-19 de Mayo

Bad Ideas for Cinco de Mayo Political Logos

…and memes.

The Chipotle Fail


The Stereotype


 The Good Ol’ Days!


 Cinco Mas!


The Obvious


A Cinco Non-Message (Actually, this one works for me!)


My Cinco de Mayo Rant, 2014

So, I woke up at 4 this morning and clicked on the tube so I could watch (or hear as I dozed some more) the news.

It didn’t take long for TV-landia to piss me off when I noticed KHOU had one of their reporters at some bar drinking “virgin” drinks of some sort and some mariachi music in the background. I think I caught a one-line mention of the history behind the holiday.

nachoSo, I fell back asleep and ignored the news, but not before posting one of my favorite quotes by the Texas-born Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza, “Las armas nacionales se han cubierto de gloria.” (The national arms have been covered with glory.) Which was actually the one-line letter he sent to President Benito Juarez upon winning the Battle of Puebla against a formidable French military.


Courtesy: Getty

So, I made it to the living room and Good Morning America was on. The day got worse! There they are wearing sombreros, drinking fauxgaritas, and, were those annoying “Mexican” noises they were making? And did she just say “Cinco de Drinko”? (Apparently, MSNBC wasn’t far behind.)

I must say, I was a bit miffed. I’m sure they think it was all in fun–people have found any reason to drink on special days like July 4, Memorial Day, etc. Why not 5 de Mayo? Right? But the fact that it was all about getting drunk made for a crappy morning.

In fact, Cinco de Mayo is a very American holiday and it should be celebrated. But, hell, learn a little history about it! Or, if you know about it, don’t minimize it with drunkenness! Whether the Cinco celebrations were started by Mexican expats living in the states after the victory, or by Chicanos establishing and celebrating their identity here in the Southwest, the bottom line is there is some real history to this holiday. But when news agencies take the “drinko” route, they’re doing a huge disservice, especially when such a teachable moment exists.

Then again, this is a nation of fools who still haven’t figured out the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day (I’m pointing at you, Tea Party!). So, I guess I’ll just enjoy my traditional Cinco de Mayo meal of hot wings and a Miller 64, and try to plan-out a battle re-enactment for next year. I’m stuck between hosting a French Toast eating contest and a croissant toss, but I’ll get back to you on that.