To the average North American of the United States, the thought of Mexico brings to mind a picture of frolicking fiesta, sky-limit excitement and high romance in a land of lovely, lovable people. This at least is my own cherished image of our neighbor to the south, and if anyone should try to tell me anything to the contrary, I should be forced to think of him as a clod of the most undeveloped sort---a malicious meddlesome know-nothing with an utterly stagnant imagination, and no respect at all for the fondest reveries of my adolescence. Ah---many the black-eyed senorita I've had my way with in my time---in my dreams.
Well, enough of idle reminiscence. Let's get down to cases, the case here being that Bob Moore has in this album a musical portrait of MY Mexico; the romantic and exciting land of amor and fiesta.
Speaking of the album: it's always fun to have some part in creating a record, particularly when working with nice guys like Bob Moore, our artist, and Fred Foster, president of Monument and producer of all Monument records. But it's downright great to have some part in the making of an album that has even a remote chance of creating a better climate of understanding between peoples. At the risk of sounding corny and even, God forbid, pretentious, I think that this album has such a chance.
The very fact that big, blonde, Anglo-American Bob Moore can have a simultaneous smash in the U.S. and Mexico with a typically Mexican flavored tune (title song of this album) played by assorted Yanks of various backgrounds, is some sort of testimonial to the good will and mutual esteem that exists between our countries. It is my hopeful but humble opinion that such a state of affairs furthers and enhances such friendly relations.
It is a cliche that music is the international language. Most cliches have the disadvantage of being trite and boresome. However, on the other hand, they usually have the compensating advantage of being true. This being the case, Bob has something to say to his friends both north and south of the border and we hope, to people of good will everywhere.
And it is in the spirit of international good will and brotherhood, which we hope will one day envelop the entire family of nations, that we dedicate this album to our neighbors in Mexico.
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