I’m working on a tutorial this term, which means that instead of taking a typical class, I meet with my teacher twice a week and work on my own time. The subject? Spanish poetry and songwriting. The idea came to mind on a bike ride last June when a line of Spanish poetry popped into my mind. I write songs in English, I figured, so why not Spanish?
For the past few weeks, I’ve analyzed poems, written new ones, and turned them into songs (either by singing the poetry or playing guitar in the background).
This week, for the first time, I’m writing my first Spanish song—not a poem to be sung, but a song. It’s about wanting to leave the place where one grew up. I’m really proud of this lyric describing small-town life*: “Las noticias grandes / del año 2002 / eran que la pizzería / ganó un premio.”
In English, that’s “The big news / of the year 2002 / was that the pizzeria / won a prize.” Some things are lost in translation, but I was thinking—Grammys 2019?
*Disclaimer: I did not grow up in a small town! But that line could totally apply to the town of Groton.