Selena Gomez - A Year Without Rain

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez is an American singer-songwriter who started out as an actress in Barney & Friends when she was in 1st grade. She went on to join Disney and is most famous for her role as Alex Russo on the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place. While starring in minor roles on big screen movies and made for television movies, Gomez broke through the big screen in her starring role as Beatrice “Beezus” Quimby in Ramona and Beezus on the big screen. In 2008 she signed with Hollywood Records with her band Selena Gomez and the Scene.

Our eldest girl has been a fan of Gomez through her television shows and made for television movies. As an example of how difficult it is to keep track of our growing kids’ interests, I once rented Princess Protection Program for her through Netflix and got in trouble with her for not knowing she had already seen the movie several times. I apologized, because I don’t want to get in trouble with her, and found something else for her to watch on Netflix’s instant movie player.

But when Gomez got into the music scene in 2008, our girl didn’t catch on until very recently. Having skipped her debut album Kiss and Tell, she now had A Year Without Rain [Deluxe Edition] on her Christmas list, and since I’m slow to catch up I had to do my usual research and see if Gomez’s music was appropriate for her.

Well, it appears that tons of research has led me to believe that Selena Gomez is a sweet, smart and successful young woman. Born to American-Mexican dad in July 22, 1992, she has been raised by her American-Irish mother since the couple separated when Gomez was 5. She has been raised as a practicing Catholic that enjoys barbeque's after Sunday church and has been wearing a purity ring since she was 12 years old.

An owner of five rescue dogs, Selena Gomez is the ambassador of after her work with Island Dog charity helping dogs in Puerto Rico. Other philanthropy works include her participation in St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, UR Votes Count for raising awareness during the 2008 Presidential Elections, Disney’s Friends for Change, and in 2009 the then 17 Year Old became the youngest ambassador ever for UNICEF, raising over $700,000 on Halloween 2008’s Trick or Treat campaign raising awareness for Ghana.

I have to say that I’m impressed by this young lady and encourage her role as a model for our 11 year old girl, even if it is poppy, silly and all annoying things preteen girls like. The band Selena Gomez & the Scene composes of Gomez on the vocals, Greg Garman on drums Dane Forrest on keyboards, Joey Clement on bass and guitarist Ethan Roberts. They play teen pop music and debuted with the album Kiss and Tell on September 29, 2009, followed by A Year Without Rain on September 17, 2010.

The most controversial lyrics I was able to find were included in the somewhat derogatory song As A Blonde on Kiss & Tell expressing in condescending terms a desire to reincarnate (without the inclusion of the concept of death in the song) as a blonde and suggesting that she’ll get whatever she wants by waving her magic wand and possibly using people with her looks. With all the garbage out there, I can let this slide, primarily because my interpretation runs deeper than your usual 11 year old girl.

Selena Gomez
Still, I’m encouraged by her philanthropist activity, her relatively clean inclination and her overall sense of innocence. The one thing I don’t look forward to is having to listen to her on the long car rides when the inevitable request emerges!

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