Beautiful Song Recalls Puerto Vallarta

by David Simmonds

A few years ago I read a wonderful book, Puerto Vallarta, My Memories, by Catalina Montes de Oca Contreras, who landed in Puerto Vallarta by boat as a young lady in 1918. The book was sent to me by her granddaughter, Yolanda (Pita) C. de Garduno, who had translated the first edition into English. Having been a traveler to Puerto Vallarta since 1970, my favorite place ever, I was enthralled by the book with its beautiful narrative of PV life during the entire 20th century. The small town depiction, along with historical vintage photographs, draws you into a simple life and time in sharp contrast to present-day PV. Although, if you look closely, that small village still exits if you know the town beyond the resort walls. 

So it was with great pleasure that I have just received an email from Yolanda letting me know that she had composed and recorded a song titled  “Song to Puerto Vallarta” , and that it had just been unveiled at a ceremony at the town hall in PV. She also sent me a link to hear her music. Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much. I mean, who has the ability to write and sing a good song unless you’re in the business? But I clicked on the link anyway and was absolutely blown away…hair-standing-on-the-back-of-the-neck-style. Yolanda nailed it, with words and melody that magically send you straight to your favorite old-town back street near the sea, walking the cobblestones to El Dorado or the malecon for a sunset beer as the summer rain clouds move rapidly over the impossibly green hills. It is indeed the perfect song for the perfect place. Thank you, Yolanda.

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