Song of My People
Rose & Marella Family
Zhan Marella Smith
Joy from Italy
O Sole Mio is an Italian folk song, that my grandmother always sings while she cooks. Because the song is in Italian, I couldn't understand what the song was about. My grandmother explained that the song was about joy being a brighter light in your life than any sadness. The song was composed in 1898, many years before my grandmother was alive, but her parents passed down the song to her by singing it to her every night before bed.
"I'm just a crazy grandmother that likes to dance!"
William Christopher Rose
In 1983, the Texas Jam was held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The popular 80’s band, Rush, was the headliner performing that evening for all of Central Texas. As my dad and his friends entered the stadium, they were approached by the event coordinators and asked to help work security for that night. Because Rush was my dad's favorite band at the time, he was ecstatic to find out he was security for the backstage area, just behind where Rush would be performing. Standing just a few feet away from the band, my dad experienced his greatest Rock & Roll memory!
Like most teenage boys with brothers in the 80's, the idea of a garageband was anything but genius!! My dad and his two younger brothers spent multiple hours in their hot garage practicing and performing their favorites like Breakin the Law by Judas Priest and artists' such as ACDC, Van Halen, Kiss, and Def Leppard.
One bittersweet memory tied to a song, was graduating from high school. The graduating class of 1984 at Grapevine High School's "song" was Good Times Roll by The Cars. The song explained how moving on and making new beginnings will be just as good as the old and memorable ones.