It’s been 20 years since we lost Selena. It may be the worst I’ve ever felt after a celebrity death. Selena Quintanilla was the essence of everything the Hispanic community in South Texas was looking for in a pop star, role model, businesswoman, spokesperson, and everything you could think of. Her charisma made her seem flawless, but her lyrics and performances drew the audience in and spoke to truths about life and love that are universal.
She wasn’t just a Tejano singer. She was so much more than that because the kind of music she put out into the world wasn’t heard before and hasn’t been heard since.
Check that. We got to hear something new from Selena this week. Her father, Abraham Quintanilla, released an incomplete rehearsal track for a song that Selena was working on for her first full English album. The song is called “Oh No (I’ll Never Fall in Love Again).”
The lyrics are derivative of Selena’s previously released love ballad “I Could Fall in Love,” but is a more catchy tune that would’ve been a nice contrast compared to the widely-released English music that was packaged after she died. Could it be remixed and cleaned up for an official single release? In less than a week, the YouTube video has more than 250,000 hits.
20 years later, and people are still getting excited about Selena’s music. We’re happy, but not surprised.