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Life On Mango Street

by Shorty&Slim

Shorty&Slim #1: A pleasing blend of Calypso, Reggae, Latin, and Rock-n-Roll, lyrically based on the country of Panama and the Panama Canal Zone.
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1. Life On Mango Street Shorty & Slim
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2. 114 (For Information) Shorty & Slim
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3. Ferdiliza Shorty & Slim
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4. Bird Shorty & Slim
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5. The Rain Shorty & Slim
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6. Cyats and Rats Shorty & Slim
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7. San Blas Fantasy Shorty & Slim
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8. Tumbamono Comin' Shorty & Slim
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9. Kakaroach Shorty & Slim
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10. What You Dad Do? Shorty & Slim
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11. Nothin' to Do Shorty & Slim
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12. Zackly Shorty & Slim
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13. I Don't Like Snow Shorty & Slim
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14. The Adventures of Chombo Brown Shorty & Slim
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15. Mangos on the Limb Shorty & Slim
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16. Nex' Side Shorty & Slim
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17. Would You Still Love Me Shorty & Slim
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18. The Higher the Monkey Climb Shorty & Slim
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19. You Would Understand Shorty & Slim
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Album Notes
SHORTY&SLIM is a pleasing blend of Calypso, Reggae, and Caribbean sounds with a touch of Rock-n-Roll, and has best been described as “Canal Zone Folk Music”!! Conceived in a Gamboa living room in 1992 and later captured on 4 CD productions, (Life on Mango Street ‘95, Gone Platano ‘97, ‘Tird One ‘99, and Down to Panama ‘06) it is written all about Panama and the Canal Zone by Panamanian Zonians, and it’s the only musical production of its kind to truly capture the sights, sounds and experiences of living in or visiting the beautiful Paradise of Panama and the Canal Zone. It is Original, feel-good music that will make you laugh, cry and remember the days.

David Seitz (BHS’77) and Alex Reyes (BHS’89), a.k.a. SHORTY&SLIM:

David B. Seitz, AKA “Shorty”, was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota in 1959. His family moved to Panama in 1968. For Shorty, writing songs is fun, but not easy. His inspiration is knowing that if he has enough songs, the next time he sees Alex they can record another CD so he “can have something new to listen to in the car.” He plays guitar every day if he can. “I try to play scales in the morning for 5-10 minutes while I think of what I have to do each day. At least 3 times a week I sit alone for a few hours playing chord patterns or trying new chords, or trying to write lyrics.” It might take him an hour to write a song, or it might take him a year, and since he writes on scraps of paper, some of them disappear over time. He has a small recorder handy to help him remember melodies because “if I don’t have words to a melody I loose it quickly as it morphs into something else.”
His favorite Shorty & Slim song (today) is “Until We Meet Again” from the Gone Platano CD. “I didn’t hear it until Alex played it in the studio. We did it in two takes with just Alex on guitar and vocals at the same time. I was in the control room teary eyed.” He still listens to all the songs. At times they make him feel melancholy, but they also make him laugh out loud. “My fadda dug Culebra cut by hisself……mosquitos feast on them rass like filet mignon. What was that?!”
Alex Martin Reyes Salisbury, better known as “Slim”, was born at the San Fernando Hospital in Panama on March 17, 1971. For Slim, Panama is “Paradise, it’s the best of both worlds: back country and jungle, and modern western city. You can go to a big American style mall, swim in a quiet river deep in the jungle, lay on the beach on both oceans all in the same day.” He finds writing music about the Canal Zone and Panama very rewarding. He is sure that anyone from there, or who spent time there will identify with the music and enjoy it. Sometimes he sees something and thinks, “that would be a good song that a Panamanian or Zonian would like.” Then the melody usually pops into his head and he plays around with it until it feels right. The more emotional songs usually come from the inside and work their way out over time. Sometimes it’s quick and easy, other times it takes a while until it works just right.
His favorite Shorty & Slim song is “Gold & Silver” from the Tird One CD. “For me it’s a great song to pick, strum and sing. I play it by myself all the time. It’s a deep song with a lot of meaning, a lot of conflicting emotions about a time when Panama was a wilderness and people from different backgrounds came to build something unbelievable and impossible; people who worked for a system that perhaps wasn’t quite fair by modern standards, but each man got what he signed up for in the end, plus the glory of being a part of the greatest construction for mankind in modern history.”

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So much of home!
Can't listen to this CD and not think of home. No matter how many years we've been gone - Panama will always be home and this CD represents so much of it. Wore out my first Mango Street CD - can't wait for the latest release!

Eddie Conn, Houston

HOLA Paisanos, Your music is fantastic and everything you say it is.
Continuen con su buena suerte.
Tu hermano Pana-Zonian Eddie


Awesome songs, brings back great memories from the Zone!
This CD is awesome, it brings back wonderful memories of simpler times at St. Mary's church and BHS in Panama! Keep it coming guys!

Pete & Shirley (Peterson) High

Takes us back to the Old Days in Panama!
We first hear Shorty & Slim at the 2007 Canal Zone reunion and were amazed at their musical characterization of all the fun things we experienced living in Panama in the 50's and 60's. Their originality, spunk and personality compliment their music so well. Wonderful, wonderful music!

Janet Fields

I could not get throught a working weekend without my Shorty and Slim cds.
We have all been waiting for the next one. I could not get throught a working weekend without my Shorty and Slim cds. I play them over and over and over and sing along. I love every word of every song. I have been waiting for a new one (Going Down to Panama). So excited. Thanks again. Janet Fields

kathy snook

this is the only cd i have downloaded on my laptop...
this cd is so good i've sent it to captures the feel of panama perfectly..each and every song is perfect in its way..but i especially love "i love the rain" that one gets my heart..thanks boys .. you did very good..when i get lonely for panama i play one of your cd's

Darren Riggs

If you love Panama, the S&S tunes will take you there.
No need to ask because I'll tell you straight up...I'm Shorty and Slim's biggest fan!!! If you love Panama (and I know you do)...but have, perhaps, not been there in a while, the S&S tunes will take you there. Just close your eyes and you are in the Zone (pun positively intended). For me their unique brand of musical story-telling provides a mode of time travel and I frequently hop on-board. I listen in my car...and sometimes at night as I drift off to sleep. Their songs whisk me away to my carefree days in the sun. If music is fun...these guys are having a ball...and it is infectious. I can't say enough. Dave and Alex are just tremendously talented and their stories are told in bold, harmonious color in every song. This is not a sales is just your old buddy Darren sharing his excitement about a truly good thing. Listen to these discs and try not to smile. Impossible. With best regards to my good friends from the Class of 82//Darren.


My family loves the CD. Life was grand there!!
Any time we are missing Panama, the Shorty & Slim CD transports us back. We thoroughly enjoy the music.

Pat Propst

These ballads are the ethos of the Panama Canal Zone
These ballads are poems, truly the folklore and the ethos of the Panama Canal Zone. They make me homesick, they make me laugh and they make me cry. I'm so thankful for the musical souls of David and Alex.

Bill Woods

Brings back so many great memories of those days.
This CD was recommended to me and after listening to it, I can't wait to get the rest of Shorty & Slim's collection. These songs bring back some long forgotten memories of life in the Zone.
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