We are excited to begin our second season of Hidden Histories with a profile and interview with San Antonio musician and producer Michael Morales. Michael’s career begins with his family’s musical legacy – as radio performers in the 50’s and 60’s and as musicians in many of the Westside’s Methodist Churches. This episode explores his path from family church musician to the flash and smoke-machine infused world of MTV.
“Archival Thinking – Preserving the Paperwork of Everyday Life”
“Priesthood of the People: Community Legacies of Vatican II”
From 1962-1965, the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican—aka Vatican II—shook the world by convening Catholic clergy from all over the world to reflect on how the Church should interact with the forces of the modern world. In the following decades, this new openness would ripple outward to local parishes, including those here in San Antonio. According to Father David Garcia—Administrator of Mission Concepcion, Director of the Old Spanish Missions in San Antonio, and this month’s guest commentator—Vatican II created a “priesthood of the people” that led to masses in Spanish as well as English, celebrations of Guadalupe, and numerous organizations both inside and outside the church dedicated to new values of community engagement and social change. Ultimately, this shift in mindset within the Church would change the course of San Antonio political history, influencing the formation of numerous organizations such as Las Hermanas, PADRES, and COPS/Metro, which even today is on the forefront of local struggles for social justice and political representation. Sister Yolanda Tarango of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word provides additional commentary.
“Something’s in the Water: Origins of the Southside Sound”
San Antonio’s Southside, particularly its high schools, has long been a hotbed of musicianship in the city’s music scene. Though the Westside sound is more well known, this month’s episode investigates the roots and ripple effects of the Southside sound. Is it something in the water? Join us as we chat with Jesse Garcia, local music historian; Julio Lopez of critically acclaimed conjunto punk band Los de Esta Noche; and electronic artist Alyson Alonzo.