Juan Luis Guerra

Short Notes: La Travesia (The Crossing)

Jose Vilson Short Notes 1 Comment

A few notes: I hope the Juan Luis Guerra series convinced 1/2 of you to expand your horizons and download a couple of dudes’ tracks. If not, I need to do another series. 5 projects in the queue, none down. August 15 re-release of the jlv? Excellent. Wall-E is a must-see movie. Great date movie. Overall, good story. My cousin Erick’s movie kicked ass at the NY Latino Film Festival. …


Me Sube La Bilirrubina (It Raises My Bilirubin)

Jose Vilson Jose 11 Comments

I’m honestly not that arrogant. I just like to call madness out for what it is. Eddie Griffin might be right: I’m insane, and that’s something to be congratulated. Watching Black in America over the last 2 days, at the encouragement ad nauseum of practically everyone in my Facebook, Twitter, etc., I’ve been somewhat reintroduced to the idea of Blackness and how applicable my own experience is to the ideas …


Visa Para Un Sueno (Visa For A Dream)

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

Buscando visa para un sueño Buscando visa para un sueño … My dreams have gotten more macabre lately. Even while my life’s been going great, and it’s gotten better, my dreams have gotten even more insane. Losing more family members, jumping off buildings, and screaming at the top of my lungs for reasons unknown to me are some of the scary images I’ve encountered. I’m assuming it’s a mixture of …

Kids In Front of School In Rain

Ojala Que Llueva Cafe En El Campo (Hope That It Rains Coffee In The Field)

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Juan Luis Guerra’s quintessential song is “Ojala Que Llueva Cafe En El Campo,” a song that comes across more as a incantation that the poor and hopefully at the least have coffee somehow fall from the sky to bless them, as if to say that G_d might bless them with their basic necessities to relieve them from their hunger, strife, and sorrow. Riddled with metaphors and as passionate as any …

Juan Luis Guerra

Short Notes: Vale La Pena (It’s Worth The Sorrow)

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1. I just love writing. I really do. No, no long reflections or juxtapositions. Just needed to get that out there. Lately, I’ve thought about what how happy writing makes me, even when my own writing here has become a subject of contention in different areas. My musings about life, love, and the pursuit of peace keep me more focused than ever on all the projects I’ve undertaken. I often …