Welcome to our third CD: Mango. When I was nine I recorded my first CD Father and Son which consisted of six traditional tracks and eight originals. When I was ten we recorded Lighthouse On A Cliff, which consisted of two traditional tracks and twelve originals. When I was eleven my father got a sabbatical to teach English in Zihuatanejo Mexico. We didn't make a CD that year, but I played a lot of music with him, with the Juanito Zihua's salsa band, and I took virhuela and violin lessons from members of Mariachi Apatzingan. Going to school, making friends, perfecting my Spanish, listening to a wider variety of music, playing soccer, traveling, surfing, eating tropical foods, and having more time to write music in Mexico, along with not being around my traditional music friends in California, allowed me to find what I think is more of my own voice as a musician. I may only be twelve now, but Mango feels like I've found my own original sound. Out of the dozens of songs we wrote during our year in Mexico, we've selected these fourteen tracks. Mango is all acoustic, but it consists of many influences. I hope you enjoy listening to Mango as much as we've enjoyed writing, playing, and recording it. Please sing and hum along, and don't forget to shout out Mango! On the title track! Julian.
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