Essay #18: Selena-The One and Only

by multilingualmania on October 27, 2010

in Student Writing Contest

Our eighteenth student essay was written by Alan Conde, an eleventh grade student. As a reminder, all entries will be posted “as is” without any revisions or editing by Multilingual Mania:

Selena Quintanilla was born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas, a popular Mexican-American female musician that became one of the top Latin artists of the 90s. She was a best-selling artist who won multiple awards for her achievements in the Latin-Pop music industry. Selena came to be a legend and an icon for the Hispanic community and the national audience. She was murdered on March 31, 1995.

Due to an unexplained envy from the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar was the partaker in her assassination. Nobody ever imagined such an individual would come to be a murderer. Saldivar was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced with life imprisonment.

After viewing the film Selena (1997), a memoir of Quintanilla’s life, I wanted to know more about her and the complicated life she led. The movie was a success because of its accurate portrayal of the conflicts in her life. I became engrossed in her story and was inspired to begin my musical interests. Now my passion for music consists of a wide array of genres because my admiration for Selena’s Latin-Pop has influenced my likes for Classical to Rock n’ Roll music. Nevertheless music is a big part of me and my inspirations, for it is my personal therapy. Now I have become a multi-instrumentalist due to the fact of my dedication towards playing the music I enjoy. The impact of her death was extensive from the consecutive broadcasts on television remembering her talents, to the numerous air plays that her songs received, and the devotion to music I now live.

I was about ten years old, old enough to feel sentiment for the matter of life and death presented in the film. The way it affected everyone, the family, the fans, and the friends, made me think about how I would cope with such an agony. Although I was not old enough to understand the experience completely, I learned to respect the musician. Selena is primarily important to me for the complicated life she lived and the way it ended. To see such a young talent’s life end so quickly at the age of twenty-three, pushes me now to acknowledge how fortunate we are as individuals to be able to achieve our goals. We are all the same, it does not matter what race or ethnicity we are or where we descent from.

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