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To Selena, with Love by Chris Perez, pub. Neither journalism, commentary, nor eulogy, although at times inevitably partaking of the character of each, Chris' account is a superbly focused narrative qua outpouring of the heart, in which he takes pains to affirm his open-mindedness towards all the involved and the independence of his writing from fear or pressure or perceived obligation to anyone, lest his accounts of Selena's spectacular virtues fail credibility. Thus faced with the definitive account of the person closest to Selena's life and soul with the possible exception of her father , critique must bow and recede before the sombre shadows of reverent condolence and deep admiration. We are not entitled to say that we like or dislike this book, proclaim it a good book or a poor one although I think it beautifully and powerfully written but obliged to offer our gratitude and support and appreciation to Chris Perez for sharing his feelings and reminisces with us 20 years removed from his and Selena's impromptu wedding. We are all fortunate to be able to read the bittersweet story of the evolution of his romance and marriage to Selena, and privileged to share in his retrospection to the whole saga in its full tragedy. His feelings are as they are, and his telling a gift to the memory of Selena, and to us, for us to share in and honor.
In fact, until his studio album with the Chris Perez Band it was sort of like he had disappeared all together. Even when he did come out to promote his new music he rarely said much about his late wife. In his new book, To Selena, With Love , released this month, Perez explains that in a lot of ways he had sort of disappeared into himself. The woman that he fell in love with, married and lost. I had the chance to talk with Chris over the phone about his life with Selena and the new book.
Almost 20 years later, the Tejano singer still occupies sanctified space in her fandom's collective heart — as evidenced by April's posthumous duets disc, Enamorada De Ti , which debuted at the top of Billboard 's Latin Albums chart. Selena merchandise — from postage stamps to prepaid debit cards — still enjoys a brisk trade, and now Selena's widower, Chris Perez, adds his contribution to the ongoing beatification of the Lake Jackson-born pop princess. His is a memoir of their relationship, from the first blush of love to his wrenching final goodbye in the funeral home. And yet, Perez's authorial voice is so bland and utterly devoted in his adoration of Selena that he renders himself a cipher. What's more, Selena, as rendered by her husband — who has since won a Grammy, remarried, and divorced — seems flawless, never throwing tantrums, farting in bed, or consenting to a little premarital bidi bidi bom bom. The lacunae in Perez's personal story — he purposefully leaves out wide swaths of detail — serve as a beige counterpoint to Selena's everlasting sparkle. Everyone cares about Selena; where Perez stumbles is making the audience care about him.
Thank you! The widower of murdered pop star Selena reveals poignant details of their short time together as a couple. She was an animal lover, motorcycle enthusiast and emerging fashion designer whose religious beliefs grounded her within the chaotic music industry.
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Selena y Los Dinos were making their path in Tejano music when Perez joined the band. Looking for some stability in his chaotic life, Chris finds himself falling head-over-heels for the beautiful, talented, and has-it-all-together Selena. However, Selena and Chris become deeply devoted to one another and the two decide to elope in after the guilt of of sneaking around becomes unbearable. Throughout To Selena with Love, we are treated to a side of Selena that only her husband would know. While he is very respectful of their personal lives, we get to see Selena as a real woman who is loving, humorous, and a bit mischievous.
We loved her in return — her family, her friends, her fans, and me, her husband, who felt like the luckiest man alive every time Selena said my name. This book was written through the lens of her husband, Chris Perez. He shared his intimate feelings for Selena as an artist and his wife, details of her last night and day with him, and even some of his regrets and guilt he has carried all this time. There were so many red flags, yet everyone was too busy and blinded to notice them. He grieved in private and refused to answer to the media or her fans. Grief never completely goes away, but it eventually becomes a part of you instead of controlling your life. In fact, it prevented him from moving forward.