IOTD …. Images of the day, #524 …. “Disturbed …. Nyle DiMarco …. “!!


~~May 24, 2016~~ 


To “Disturbed”, Heavy Metal Band

When it came time to pick a song for his freestyle, Nyle and Peta turned to the haunting cover. The only hitch was that pairs always need to obtain permission before using any song in their routines. So Nyle, who is deaf, took matters into his own hands and penned a touching letter to the band, which they shared on their website Monday, May 23.

“Nyle emailed us to ask for our permission to use our version of the song that has inspired him and hopes to convey an even bigger message to help people better understand the history of the deaf community,” the band wrote. “Tonight is the big night so help spread the word and cast your votes for Nyle!

This is not only a great honor for a Hard Rock/Metal band like us to be asked to be part of the biggest night of their show but for us to play a role in raising awareness for Nyle’s cause.”


This is his letter in full, as posted by the band:

My name is Nyle DiMarco. I am Deaf. I’m the fourth generation and I have over 25 Deaf members in my family. I am now in the semi finals towards the Mirror Ball on Dancing With The Stars.

I am writing this letter to let you know how much your song “Sound of Silence” means so much to me and my Deaf community and that I would love to dance to your song for the finals. I feel this is important for you to know that we, the Deaf people, underwent a terrible history and we are still stuck in the darkness. The darkness of oppression that your song truly reverberated to me.

Before the year 1880, we the Deaf people lived normal lives. We were perceived normal. We held political positions. We joined the army. We had jobs. We had an education through sign language that greatly benefited to our visual eyes and silent ears. It was until the Milan Conference in 1880 that led to language deprivation and … ultimately our culture, our job opportunities, and our intelligence. We were tortured. Our ancestors underwent electric shock chairs, surgeries (without anesthesia), and so many torturing methods just to help us regain our hearing. We were also punished if we used sign language. We were whipped. Slapped with our rulers. Abused. We were required to try and learn to speak (and that always, always miserably failed).

We also lost jobs. Many now perceive us as disabled, that we can’t serve the army, hold political positions, nor teach.

Because of the conference that almost led to the death of the Deaf culture (and was basically genocide and cultural-genocide), we are still trying to get out of the dark. I just founded Nyle DiMarco Foundation and our focus is on Deaf kids. We are working with state and U.S. senators to write and pass the bill that requires bilingualism (American Sign Language and English) because it was recently proven by science that it will benefit the Deaf child a lot more than just English only.

I am using my celebrity platform and especially on DWTS for good cause.

With your song … we are planning on showing my history’s terrible times through dancing … and to your powerful and moving song. We feel that with you, your song, and us, we will make/change history and help people better understand our history, and build allies all over the world to help better Deaf lives.

Help us resurface from our darkness, from the systematic oppression.

There is power in “Sound of Silence”.

We hope you will grant us the permission.

Let’s change history together!

Nyle DiMarco

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At the end of the day …. “Puerto Rico …. Preciosa”!!


~~August 9, 2015~~ 


Preciosa” (“Precious”)

is a 1937 patriotic composition by Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández Marín.



In 1937, Hernández Marin wrote “Preciosa“, while in Mexico. Years later, in 1947, he returned to Puerto Rico and became orchestra director at the government-owned WIPR Radio.

His music became an important part of Puerto Rican culture.

Hernandez formed Cuarteto Victoria (Victoria Quartet) with Pedro Ortiz Dávila, Rafael Rodríguez, and Franciso López Cruz with whom he recorded the song. A Puerto Rican group led by Manuel A. Jiménez (“Canario”) recorded Hernández’s Preciosa, which, together with Lamento Borincano became unofficial national anthems of Puerto Rico.


Preciosa expressed feelings of love and nostalgia for Puerto Rico but also the discontent regarding the poor economy prevalent on the island at the time. The work was an idealistic view of the people of Puerto Rico in terms of traits of Hispanic and Indian traditions but missing the African dimension.

The song made reference to a tyrant who ruled Puerto Rico and it became a favorite song of autonomist patriotism.

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Marco Antonio Muñiz (born September 16, 1968, better known by his stage name Marc Anthony, is an American actor, singer, record producer, and television producer. Anthony is also the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time. The two-time Grammy and five-time Latin Grammy winner has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide.

He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads. Anthony has won numerous awards and his achievements have been honored through various recognitions. He was the recipient of the 2009 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Chair’s Award. He also received the “2009 CHCI Chair’s Lifetime Achievement Award” on September 16, 2009.

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As noted, this song was written in 1937. During this time, the Island was going through tough political times. There was the sense that Puerto Rico was ruled by a “distant tyrant” who made its present markedly felt in daily island life.

The lyrics speak about the island’s enchantments, its culture, its people, its pride, its stolen identity.

It’s ironic to note that this song applies perfectly to the current economical and political situation that Puerto Rico is experiencing.

The “tyrant” long spoken about is still there. As a matter of fact, it never left.

History repeats itself.

As I listened to this song and watched the awesome video today, I experienced the “chill factor”.

I had goosebumps as I felt my pride swell and my heart beat faster.

I am Puerto Rican and I will always be, no matter where I live.



~Preciosa … Marc Anthony~

~Uploaded on Jan 10, 2009~

Marc Anthony interpreta Preciosa

Sylvette Rivera



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To start the day …. One Moment in Time!!


~~August 20, 2014~~

One Moment in Time” is a worldwide hit Emmy Award winning song written by Albert Hammond and John Bettis, produced by Narada Michael Walden and recorded by American singer Whitney Houston for the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 1988 Summer Paralympics held in Seoul, South Korea.

The song was Houston’s third number one in the UK Singles Chart, and reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100.


This is a song that resonated with me the moment I heart it. The lyrics have such meaning, they are so deep, they are soothing and inspirational. 

I believe that we need to hear those words again. 

We need comfort, soothing, reassurance. 


“When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me .. “

All the answers to the problems that we face as individuals, countries, nations, communities, our world … they are inside us, within our reach. Dig deep if you have to. But the solutions are there. Let’s look for them together. Let’s unite and be one … as it should be.

We ALL are ONE!!


“One Moment In Time”

Each day I live
I want to be
A day to give
The best of me
I’m only one
But not alone
My finest day
Is yet unknown

I broke my heart
Fought every gain
To taste the sweet
I face the pain
I rise and fall
Yet through it all
This much remains


I want one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel
I will feel eternity

I’ve lived to be
The very best
I want it all
No time for less
I’ve laid the plans
Now lay the chance
Here in my hands


Give me one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel
I will feel eternity


You’re a winner for a lifetime
If you seize that one moment in time
Make it shine

Give me one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will be
I will be
I will be free
I will be
I will be free


~~”One Moment In Time”, 1989 Grammy Awards~~

Her Best Live Performance Ever

(Chill factor)

~~Published on Jan 6, 2013~~


We ALL are ONE!!