Please consider this:
After Miguel’s first single as a musical artist, “Proud Corazon”, becomes a smash hit when he’s only 17, he takes a while before releasing his full album. When it comes, it’s a concept album, with each song devoted to one member of his family who’s passed on. Mama Imelda, Papa Julio, Tio Oscar & Tio Felipe, Tia Rosita, Tia Victoria, Mama Coco, and of course Hector. He tells their life stories in song, spreading the story of his family to the whole world.
It’s seen as an odd, artistic album, but it becomes a cult hit, winning him a Latin Grammy. As time goes on, it’s recognized as one of his smartest and most enduring works. He keeps on reissuing it in extended editions, with a new song every time a member of his family passes on, including Abuelita Elena about twenty years after the events of the movie.
Although he puts out dozens of albums in his life, “Mi Familia” remains his most enduring work. And when Miguel Rivera, one of the most successful musical artists in Mexican history, passes on at the age of 92 surrounded by dozens of family members, he gets to the Land of the Dead to find every member of his family represented on the album there waiting for him, no matter how long they’ve been gone from living memory. Because he made sure they’d never be forgotten.