Jose Alfredo Silva is my birth name. My friends and family call me Joe. In addition to life, I love writing, music, singing and photography. On Tuesday, March 8, 1966 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, I received my first spanking and I expressed my first cry. Pajacuarán, Michoacán, Mexico is where I experienced some of the most precious and memorable moments of my childhood life. I lived these moments in ‘Spanish’ and I would not trade them for the world.
I wrote my first song, “Mi Reloj” at the age of fourteen. My father, the inspirational being behind this song did not hear the song until fourteen years later. Why? Simply put, because I never took the time to share it with anyone. To this day, most of my writings remain unpublished. I find this ironic because I have been in the printing and publishing industry for over twenty years.
I write about life. The way others live it. The way I see it. The way I feel it. Although most of my writings are in Spanish, I have written and continue to write poetry in English. These poems have received favorable reviews and comments by the people who have read and/or experienced the audio versions, including Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America.
Wherever and whenever possible, I try to incorporate my passion for photography with my written work. I am currently working on my first book titled, Here Once Stood. A book depicting some of my lifelong memories and intended to encourage the readers to dig deep into their own memory banks. Perhaps they too can find their own “Here Once Stood” moments.