Monday, June 1, 2009

Canción Sencilla - Simple Song

I have been meaning to write about Richard Shindell since I got to Argentina, but it wasn't until I started Music Monday that I found a way to bring him up. I first heard this song on "Vuelta" which was the first album he released after moving to Buenos Aires. Though I have always loved this song for it's simplicity, it wasn't until I revisited it today that I was able to understand not only all of the words, but also the sentiment. Vuelta means a number of things, including "turn", "return", "journey", "voyage" and "change", all of which are things I am experiencing here, on my adventure. I can't speak for Shindell, but after spending a lot of time with this song (while compiling all the lyrics for the above video) I am beginning to feel as if this is a love song to Argentina, to his new home. I can't say I share his unconditional love, but this is what I strive to feel towards this country. Right now, this is how I feel about my home, in NY.

I've been talking for several weeks (ok, months) with my best friend Amanda, who is currently working in New Orleans, about whether or not she will be coming home. She told me today that she is back in NY for the week, to think about whether to stay in NOLA or not. She tells me all she can think of is New Orleans. It's home to her now. She could sing this song to the city, and mean every word of it.

A note about the subjunctive: Subjunctive is a conjugation in Spanish that can be used in the past, present or future to imply doubt, uncertainty, or flexibility. It's sort of the difference between stating something as fact (I know) or stating something as opinion (I think). When Shindell refers to the fascinating, impenetrable mystery that he doesn't need to understand because his love is certain, that's what he's referring to.

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FieryMyst said...

Beautiful song!

Trish in MD said...

Oh wow. I loved that song! Thank you for the translation as I would not have understood most of it without it. I plan on sharing it with others as well.

lizzzknits said...

I enjoyed the song and sentiment! I am so envious of those who get to travel and really experience different parts of the world. I have such wanderlust, but currently unable to travel....(no $$$)

Michael Startzman said...

Hello! I love your blog, and the music monday. I mean, that is part of your blog! Very cool site you have! Energetic!

Thanks for the good read(s)!

Robin Marie said...

Thank you all for the comments! It makes me feel great to know that the effort was appreciated:) Richard Shindell is incredibly talented. I highly recommend him!


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