Saturday, August 08, 2009

On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Gowanus

Multi-culturalism is the subject of national debate (for whatever array of idiotic reasons that people feel the need to debate it), but it's hard to to argue the sheer wonder of hearing a Spanish ballad done to the tune of Loch Lomond.

I grew up listening to this song and hearing it flowing out of a storefront in Brooklyn in Spanish is a powerful trip--a nostalgic journey not at all at odds with the significance of hearing it transformed.

Wistful homesickness and longing is the same in every language.