Sometimes I really don’t understand the decisions I make in my life, but I think I have to come clean to offer the various explanations of why I went ahead and started an audio blog.
For the last 12 years or so I have had this chronic addiction/sickness called “record collecting”. This disease rapidly progressed into djing, partying, having a crew, owning a very small record label, and having a fucking fun time. Common symptoms included breaking hearts, getting my heart broken, damaging my liver, hanging out with awesome people, hanging out with losers, hanging out until 5 am, djing to a full house, djing to an empty house, getting on planes, letting my day job go down the toilet, and buying shit piles of Latin records & 45’s to point where I was completely overwhelmed. It got to the point where I had so many records, I didn’t know a thing about the musicians that made all these songs.
Maybe an audio blog is a like a 12 step program for this behavior, maybe it is a way to clarify. Or maybe it seems like the next logical step of this ailment. I don’t know? But what I do know is that I have an extensive collection of Latin American music that I love, a collection which would be my pleasure to share with you, and an outlet to focus on my writing. Yet I have to be totally honest with you though, in the last 4 to 5 years the Latin genre of music has been totally hot stuff. So sometimes I question why I am creating this audio blog. Is it to fill some sort of void? Is it to jump on a bandwagon? Is it the right time to do this or not? Or am I just being lame? I have no diagnosis for those questions, i’ll just let the words and music speak for themselves.
Joseph Franko (sonido franko) Dec 2007 -