Global Notes: El Paso Processes Grief Through Music

People attend a candlelight vigil for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex over the weekend, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.
People attend a candlelight vigil for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex over the weekend, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. AP Photo
People attend a candlelight vigil for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex over the weekend, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.
People attend a candlelight vigil for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex over the weekend, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. AP Photo

Global Notes: El Paso Processes Grief Through Music

Following the August 3rd mass shooting in El Paso that claimed 22 lives, the majority of whom were Latino, the song “Amor Eterno” written by Juan Gabriel and popularized by Rocio Durcal has become an unofficial anthem for vigils in the victims’ memory. Impromptu renditions of the song in parking lots in El Paso and in Latinx communities nationwide are appearing on social media networks, and during El Paso’s interfaith vigil on Sunday, a mariachi band led the crowd in an interpretation of the song.

On this week’s installment of Global Notes, music contributor and the host and producer of Vocalos’ Beat Latino Catalina Maria Johnson takes us through a selection of musical tributes to El Paso.