A Night of Recognition

for Vicki Solá

at Side Street, Bronx, New York,

September 13th, 2013

I thank everyone who made my Night Of Recognition such an incredibly amazing event.  As I said on stage, I was reminded of the Wizard of Oz story, when the Wizard told the tin man, "It's not how much you love; it's how much you are loved."  I'm still basking in the warmth of the love and respect shown me by my community (indeed, what more could I ask for in my lifetime?)  I return that love and respect, for my community and for this music that sustains all of us, on so many levels.  Ray Barretto used to say, "Bring me flowers while I'm still living."  I've been brought flowers while I'm still alive.  And I remain deeply humbled and touched, and determined to preserve and perpetuate our culture.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, muchas gracias, from the bottom of my heart. Que Viva La Música!!  


Vicki Solá

Vicki Solá with members of Side Street committee, Louis Laffitte, Frankie Morales, Artie Ramos, Esther Diaz and Anna Arraya-Colón (photo ©2013 Elsie Barreto)
Gilberto “Pulpo” Colón, Jr., Orlando Marin, Eddie Montalvo, Solá, Assemblyman José Rivera and “DJ Rey Boricua” Renan Morales. (photo © 2013 Elsie Barreto)
(courtesy of Nadine Torres Viruet)
Tux the cat wishes he had gone.... (©2013 Allen Spatz Photography)

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