(PAN – 1987)
The Summer of 1987, 20 years after the Summer of Love and 10 past the Summer of Hate, was my Summer of Resurrection. In the midst of a painful divorce and a multitude of conflicts at work, I took 4 weeks off to be far away from the maelstrom pulling me down. I spent 2 weeks in Norway, 1 day at my brother’s wedding in the Netherlands and another 2 weeks in Portugal. The latter were accompanied by pure magic, starting at a jazz festival in Donostía, followed by a long train haul to Porto and more of the extraordinary happening in Serra do Gerês.
“Agua de Luna” (click on pic) accompanied on my first Walkman, all the way. The songs not only were the witnesses to all the amazing stuff happening, they also provided the backdrop and the explanation to much of the opaque.
Latin America is the realm of magic realism. I am convinced that life is much easier with it than without it. It’s what the North totally lacks.
“Ojos de Perro Azul” has become one of the key principles of my life: be true to the game or stop playing.
Mira donde va, a la hora de la verdad de que color es tu mentira?
Mira donde va, y explicame que es mejor, perder el alma o la vida?
Mira donde va, el mundo solo será del que camina sin miedo
Mira donde va, de que te vale vivir siendo por dentro extranjero?
(Watch where you’re going, in the hour of truth what color are your lies?
Watch where you’re going, and tell me which is better, lose your soul or your life?
Watch where you’re going, the world shall only belong to those who walk without fear
Watch where you’re going, what’s life worth if you’re a stranger inside?)
And of course the title song giving it all away (or not?):
No hay respuesta a la pregunta ¿para qué uno nace?
No hay respuesta a la pregunta ¿para qué uno muere?
Misterios, que no tienen fin.
Yo sólo sé que cuando hay vida todo se puede y
Que si uno usa lo que tiene comprenderá que se
Puede dar sentido a lo absurdo haciendo que sea
Éste mundo la razón de nuestro llegar.
(There is no answer to the question: why are we born?
There is no answer to the question: why do we die?
I only know that, as long as there is life, everything is possible and
If you use what you have, you will understand
That you can make sense of the absurdities
Pretending that this world is the reason of our arrival)
And there is more, so much more. The music is beyond excellence and all the lyrics are based on the writings of Gabriel García Márquez.
Listen and shiver.