My dad would pick me up sometimes blasting Mexican banda music. Growing up in a musical and multigenerational home, Garcia recalls Mexican ranchera music always playing throughout her childhood her grandmother, uncle, and aunt all were raised singing traditional Mexican music. Paak and M. Plus, people just want to dance—so help them! After graduating, Garcia followed her mom and stepdad a recent seminary graduate across the country to Accomac, VA a small community with few people her age before eventually moving out on her own to Richmond. While her roots in the San Gabriel Valley inspired her to pursue music, moving to Richmond crystallized her artistic vision.
The pandemic, a bad economy, police killings and a fight for racial equality: It's a lot of take in. For some, music has been a way to cope and try to make sense of it all and that is the premise behind the Morning Edition Song Project, in which we asked musicians to write and perform an original song about this moment. As cases began to spike and some states began issuing stay-at-home orders, Garcia had just started to tour to promote the record but had to call it off. She wrote "Horsemen," the song for our series, in the early days of the pandemic. It's a little disquieting, but true to the spirit of making sense of the moment. So if I'm full of all these weird feelings of uncertainty, then this is a perfect time to write," says Angelica Garcia. That idea of finding resonance in a song after its completion rings true for "Horsemen" as well. Garcia finished it before a police officer killed George Floyd and before the protests that followed, but she sees her song's imagery in the statues now covered in graffiti in her current hometown of Richmond, Va. NPR's David Greene spoke to Angelica Garcia about living a few blocks from Richmond's Confederate monuments, or what her friend calls "the world's largest collection of second-place trophies" and the inspiration behind her song "Horsemen," which she says in retrospect is "totally a song about anti-colonization.
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The song had yet to be released, but the musician was giving an early preview during a show in Hollywood. Call it musical telepathy, or universal truth. It was early on a Wednesday morning, a few hours before a Greyhound bus would ferry her home to Richmond, Virginia, and the year-old was mixing off-duty comfort Sin Fronteras sweatshirt , orange Nikes with full-tilt makeup: matte blue eye shadow with exaggerated, painted-on lower lashes. It was very crazy. At the Bushwick show, she pronounced her first name the Spanish way, with an aspirated G, but she often anglicizes it. Her biological father is from Mexico as well. Classmates included the Haim sisters and Phoebe Bridgers.