Meet Ruben Aguilar. We had our first interview session for my Vocalo storytelling piece yesterday evening. Ruben was early and waiting for me at the Zocalito on 18th and Blue Island. We walked across the street to Yollocalli Arts Reach to set up and get comfortable.
For over 2 and a half hours we talked about the Rule of Nines, women, love, Chicago neighborhood history, his parents, the Depression, dogs, technology, God, race relations, peace, human rights, Mexico City, art, danzon, mambo, Chicago’s music scene back in the day and way too many other things to list. At one point he even quizzed me and towards the end of our interview he called me out.
As expected, technical calamity ensued and despite great restrain, I caught myself making the “mmhm”, “yes,” “really,” sounds and interrupting. This tape will definitely be a challenge to edit but I’m looking forward to it.
We are meeting again this Thursday, October 18th, which according to Ruben, is a great day to meet since it’s a multiple of nine.
Special thanks to Eric Garcia, Vanessa Sanchez and Yollocalli Arts Reach for hosting us.
This is an inspired, enlightening and well written project. I hope you’ll read it.
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