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On Songs #1

What is it about some songs that capture your imagination? Why do
their melodies suddenly pop into your heard?
In the comings weeks I shall be writing about some of my favorite
songs of all times in all genres, trying to put in words the sonic


INVICTUS - by William Ernest Hanley (read by Leo Susana )

Perhaps you know it from the Clint Eastwood film of the same name which tells the story of how Nelson Mandela used this poem to strenghten his resolve while he was a prisoner at Robben Island. The film fictiously has him give a text of the poem to the South African Rugby National Team captain Francois Pienaar when in fact he gave him a copy of text known as Man in the Arena from a Theodore Roosevelt speech titled Citizenship in a Republic. Check out this wikipedia entry for more info:

(William Ernest Henley)

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be       For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance       My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years       Finds and shall find…

MONSTER MOVES: HEAVE HO - Increible musica!

4:15 de la mañana. Desperte y no pude volver a dormir. Tenia la tele puesta con Discovery Max. Despues de un rato empezo un programa que en España se titula Mega Traslados.  El programa trata sobre un submarino para crear un museo que quieren mover en Canada desde Halifax a Rimouski. A parte de los fascinante del proceso de trasladar la nave 1000kms, (mas sobre el submarino y su museo aqui '- no pude reconciliar el sueño porque quede fascinado con la musica del programa y queria esperar los creditos para ver de quien era. Pensaba que era algun tema ruso o algo naval de USA o Canada, pero no, era musica original del compositor Daniel Pemberton ( ). Al final me vi el proximo capitulo que seguia de Mega Traslados que trataba sobre unas casas tambien en Canada que movian para hacer una mina abierta. La musica tambien fascinante. La verdad que parec…

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost (read by Leo Susana)

I´ve begun recording some of my favorite poems as well as other writings both in English and Spanish. For this reading of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost I added some ambient sound I recorded atop a hill in Fiscal, Huesca where the ruins of the Ermita de San Miguel are. The picture is also in the vicinity of the Ermita.
What can I say about this poem, if ever something described the power of choice, to decide your destiny and how one decision leads to another... and how that destiny is determined by the paths you choose to walk.
I have also recorded another poem by Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening which is actually my favorite poem and probably the only one I can recite by heart. I´ve known it ever since I was first introduced to it by my 8th grade English teacher in Good Shepherd School ( NYC), Sister Ann Veronica. I´ll be putting it up on youtube soon. Want to get some background sounds for that one also. Enjoy!

Palante hasta que el cuerpo aguante!

JLS sigue Palante.  Esto es lo mas reciente que lanzamos el pasado julio con vídeo incluido, dirigido por Jean Guerra y rodado en Santo Domingo. Disfrútenlo. Saluuu