First Person

Never-Ending Pursuit of Rhythm

Julissa C. Vale


Vale, Julissa C. “First Person: Never-Ending Pursuit of Rhythm.” New York Folklore, vol. 37: 1-2, 2011. pp. 22-23.


My name is Julissa Vale, a native New Yorker born of Puerto Rican emigrants. I do not remember a time in my life when the sound of music was not present. I was raised on Spanish ballads, salsa, and the Jíbaro music typical of rural Puerto Rico. During the holidays, bomba and plena were also played at home. The songs played in my household weren’t just from Puerto Rico, but from all over Latin America.

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