To everyone involved in the soundtrack of my life,
I firmly believe that I owe my 23 years of existence to these musicians. I salute them now to express my gratitude and love for the melodies they have created.
This is the music that I became.
The day I came into planet Earth, conveniently at 3:15 in the afternoon, this was playing on the radio while family members and my parents' friends drove to gather around newborn me at the hospital.
Cream - Prince
A song to learn how to speak to
Still in diaper stage, Arepita de Manteca was one of the first songs my parents taught me seeking to acclimate me with singing, clapping and the early pronounciation or babbling of words (mainly 'papá' = father and 'mamá' = mother).
Arepita de Manteca - Unknown
My first dance
A la la long - Inner Circle
A la la long would commonly play in the living room of my childhood home during 1993-4, while I started to bust out my first uncoordinated dance moves. The "conga, conga, me gusta la milonga" song was another one of my favorites and I used to sing it to my loved ones (and select strangers as well, my mother says).
The music I listened to when I was seven
My parents' taste in music found its way into mine because, for obvious reasons, in their cars they had total control over what they played. This is how I came to listen to The Beatles, The Beegees and, of course, The Police.
Message In A Bottle - The Police
But, when I had the power (mostly during family lunches where adults talked loudly and all the other kids were learning to walk) I would sit in front of the safebox and DJ the day away. Juan Luis Guerra's Ni es lo mismo ni es igual was all I was interested in for a long time. I'd play this album on repeat not caring if people started to leave when I hit round number 9.
Mi PC - Juan Luis Guerra
An encounter with the classics
My hungarian grandmother, or Memé as I call her, introduced me to one of my life-long loves: live performance. Although we switched between theater, musicals, ballet and flamenco shows, orchestras were our favorite. By the time I was ten, my ears were trained to hours of Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi's Four Seasons -particularly Spring, which coincidentally is the season I look forward to the most every year.
Spring - Antonio Vivaldi
My teen age
Boy bands were unsurprisingly my choice of obsession during the early 00's. Backstreet Boys and NSync did not battle in my world, they were of equal importance to me and my discman. Same applies to the great Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Paulina Rubio and Spice Girls. All my particular heroes at the time. Anthems of my acne&bracket youth were as follows:
Mmmbop - Hanson
Wannabe - Spice Girls
Missundaztood - Pink
The Real Slim Shady - Eminem
Independent Women Pt. 1 - Destiny's Child
All The Small Things - Blink 182
The latin equivalent of the aforementioned
Growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, my body naturally danced to latin rythms. This is not to say I did it well, it just means that I also enjoyed music in my mother language. The following is a very minimal list of greatest latinamerican hits:
Ciega, sordomuda - Shakira
La Vecina - Los Amigos Invisibles
Procura - Chichi Peralta
Las Estrellas - Caramelos de Cianuro
De Sol A Sol - Salserín
Azúcar Amargo - Fey
The transitional years: Adolescence
To this day, my heart lets me know from time to time that pop music influenced my life as I still live in a constant yearning of sweet melodies that make me want to dance. But, of course, not long after I got to high school I was 'so over' the whole pop scene and suddenly into some other stuff I explored in the eighth grade.
Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
What I Got - Sublime
Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
The New Workout Plan - Kanye West
Fix You - Coldplay
Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews Band
"Maturing", if that is what you would call being 18 and a know-it-all
Basically, the music that would play in my car on my way to college and the songs my friends played in house parties.
Silvia - Miike Snow
Stop This Train - John Mayer
Perfect Symmetry - Keane
La trama y El Desenlace - Jorge Drexler
Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes
Can't make you love me / Nick of time - Bon Iver
At 23 years old, I have become my own best friend, I know my taste in music better than ever and I seek to enjoy life in its full potential while listening to music that is actually plain old art. Hence:
11 y 6 - Fito Páez
Time Will Tell - Blood Orange
No Más Llorar - Natalia Lafourcade
Fake Empire - The National
Girl - Jamie xx
Sexual Healing - The Hot 8 Brass Band
Grown Woman - Beyoncé
To every single person that played a part in the composition, writing, production, recording, distribution, success and popularity of these songs that have made me me, thank you.