Episode 17: Louie Pérez

AWM Author Talks
AWM Author Talks
Episode 17: Louie Pérez

We continue celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month this week with singer-songwriter Louie Pérez, lead singer of Los Lobos, who chats with radio broadcaster Catalina Maria Johnson about his work and writing.

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“Everything I’ve written has always come from the experiences I had growing up. You know, I couldn’t write about Brentwood. Or Beverly Hills. All I can write about is East LA and the experiences I had growing up there.”

“There’s something about how your direct experience and your personal emotions can actually translate into other people’s lives. And that’s what I took on as a job as a songwriter.”

“If I knew I was gonna live this long I would’ve bought more socks.”

“There isn’t anything really specific about anything, it’s all subjective in a way. The things that make us happy are usually kind of relative to what’s going on in our lives.”

“I wrote in a universal way so that if I’m talking about the wrong side of the tracks, it could be in East Los Angeles, it could be in Kansas City, it could be anywhere so that people can relate to certain things. That’s what I set out to do and I hope I accomplished it.”

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