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Suni Paz | La Cosmopolatina

Suni Paz

Nov 24, 11 Suni Paz

City you live in:
I live most of the time in Nevada but also in Los Angeles.

Occupation and why?
I’m a singer-songwriter, author, poet, educator and recording artist who loves to read.I started singing, playing guitar and writing songs at 14. From then on I couldn’t stop. Music was treasured in my family and on Sundays we couldn’t leave the house until we have heard a full opera with Dad.
At seven years old, I was giving classes to my brother making charts on the working of the lungs and heart over our bedroom door with chalk, so I guess from infancy I had a teaching vocation. As soon as I learned to write, I kept journals, it was easy for me to put my ideas in writing. My first record company, Folkways, invited me to record thanks to the teachers that were constantly asking for my records. I guess they exhausted Mr. Ash’s patience and sealed my career.

A regular day consists of?
My regular day is a super highway: consists of answering e-mails and phones, continue writing my memoirs of happenings in this country and countries other than Argentina,rehearsing songs, writing new songs and preparing new presentations, exercising and meditating.

How do you define success?
I define success as doing what you love, sharing it with others and in the process,helping improve people’s lives.

What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge has been to reach autistic children and children with disabilities.

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Choose your career basing it on passion and love for what you do and not for the money or power it might bring you.

What’s on your bucket list?
In my bucket list is my determination to finish my book on memoirsand one I have on the back burner on Meditations for Children.

I am proud to be Latina because:
I’m proud to be a Latina. I treasure my heritage, my culture and my language. I speak four languages and excellent Spanish.

How do you get your Latin fix?
I get my “Latin Fix” by singing and re-learning the songs and poems Ilove and adapting songs from English into Spanish.

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
All these ways of expressing one’s heritage are welcome. I want people to feel good about who they are and how they speak. In Puerto Rico I learned lots of new words, sayings and styles of music. The same in Mexico.It enriched my voice.

What is your favorite Latin restaurant?
My favorite Latin restaurant is El Pollo Loco, close to home, good and healthy food and the best salsa ever.

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
The Latina stereotype I’ve heard from a famous musician was rather insulting: “All women are deaf.” I was in the same room with another Latin woman.

Best advice from mami and/or abuelita:
Best advice from my Mom: “Sometimes you must put your heart inside your pocket.”

Favorite home remedy:
Aloe Vera. Good for burns.

Favorite Quote
“Be the way you want the world to become. Everychange starts with you”.

Career Highlights
My career highlight took place when I signed my first contract for writing 84 original songs and record 120 songs to the poems of Alma Flor Ada for Addison-Wesley Publishing. It took me one year and the songs are still selling well as part of a 10 CD/Book program called Musica Amiga.

[fun]♦ My friends would say: “Suni dances even to the radio ads”And you know? It’s true. I love dancing![/fun]

[career]♦ Forty five years of experience as a singer-songwriter, recording artist, and workshop leader for children and families.

♦ In 1967, SuniPaz created her own style of teaching in a multicultural classroom using songs, poems, instruments from different cultures and little dances. By 1972, she had already written more than three hundred children/adult songs and recorded four hundred twenty two. She keeps writing, adapting North American folk songs into Spanish, recording and singing. In 1998, she began writing music for Alma Flor Ada’s poems and then for Isabel Campoy and presenting with them.

♦ She has a Master’s degree on Hispanoamerican Literature.

♦ Most recently, she has written her memoirs Sparkles and Shadows and Destellos y sombrasand have other short stories published within two Anthologies: The Spirit of a Woman by Terry L. Gopadzeand  Wisdom Has a Voice by Kate Farrell. [/career]

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