About music and Chavela Vargas
I love Latin American music; its warmth, its passion, its rhythm. And you can find all these things in the music of Chavela Vargas. Her words go straight to your heart. And what a voice!
She was born in Costa Rica and later moved to Mexico. It was there that she pursued her career until shortly before her death in 2012 at the age of 93. Right up to the (bitter) end, she kept on doing something that gave meaning to her life and to those around her. That is also what I intend to do - and I hope that I am fortunate enough to do it for as long as she did.
Chavela lived life to the full: she drank and she smoked cigars. It was not really healthy, but I love people like her who do things with full commitment and conviction. I had - and still have - great admiration for this woman. She experienced much sorrow in her 93 years, but accepted this as part of life. These sorrows made her what she was and were reflected in the color of her voice and the depth of her texts. It also explains why she became known as 'the bitter voice of tenderness'.
Chavela's music is based on Mexican folk music, but she takes it to a higher level. Her Spanish lyrics are simple but go straight to your heart. I enjoy listening to them at home when I am alone. They bring peace and contentment.
When I hear the passion in Chavela Vargas' 'bitter voice of tenderness, I feel that I am alive. I want to feel life. Everything begins with passion. Everything begins with feeling.
That is my motivation.
That is what makes me happy.
'Right up to the end, Chavela Vargas kept on doing something that gave meaning to her life and to those around her. That is my motivation, too.'