I am pregnant with my own litter of tacos. Oh… So good, so stuffed.
-Kurt “Dead Strumming Hand” Cobain, April 5th, 1994
-New Ad for Converse All-Stars, “You’ll have to pull them from my cold DEAD feet”
-New Ad for Remington 20 Gauge Shotgun Shells, “Taking out Grunge since 1994”
Reverend Ralph performing “Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee” by Jerry Lee Lewis at the Conscious Party, Saturday, September 7th, 2013.
My Uncle, Ralph Mendoza Ferrera, also known as the beloved “Revered Ralph” by his friends and fans in the Ybor City, Tampa Bay Area and beyond, passed away this afternoon. Besides being my Uncle and my Fathers twin Brother, he leaves behind two Sisters, Nieces, Nephews, several grand nieces and nephews and many more family and friends that will, now, truly, have a piece of their heart that will always feel missing. As all of us do, Uncle Ralph had his eccentricities, but beyond that he brought us joy because he was unique and special. He is a huge part, along with my Father, of course, of my love for music and my unending pride for independent music and the Tampa, Florida music scene. I grew up around rock icons. He is one of my music heroes. I have watched him tear the roof off of local music venues. I remember as a young kid reading articles about my uncle in the local Tampa paper, Creative Loafing, and realizing that he was so much more to other people, than I ever knew. When I was a teenager and going to clubs like the Masquerade in Tampa, in the 90’s, I started to hear stories about how my Uncle and Father used to rock the club in the 80’s when it first moved here from Atlanta. Everywhere I went they had already been there. My music journey whispered hints of their adventures. My uncle was an inspiration to me and I miss him already. I’ll never be able to hear his stories again or listen to him play, but I have my memories and stories of him that I will share. Rev. Ralph… Now, become the music.