There are some compelling reasons to make the pilgrimage to the little church.
If your mind and heart are in the right place, you scoop up holy dirt from El Pozito, the sacred room off the chapel. The dirt is periodically blessed to make sure it retains its potency. Around the hole crutches and other artificial devices hang as powerful testimony to the curing powers within. An American Lourdes. The light is low in the little room next to the altar where there are burning candles, artificial flowers, and a dank and musty odor. Outside, the sun shines a bright New Mexico sun.
My friends look on with some embarrassment as I fill a little pouch with the holy dirt . To this day I carry it with me when I go to Las Vegas. I haven't hit it big yet, but you never know. I keep the dirt near me just in case.
Now we will go inside the studio.
Come with me.