A playlist to go around the world
This song is about me. How many times have we uttered that phrase? And that song too, and that one, and that one over there, they are about me as well. As happens in theatre, in music we humans look for something that makes us feel like what is happening to us has indeed already been thought of. As Leonard Cohen, poet and singer-songwriter, said “music is the emotional life of most people.” For me it is impossible to imagine a day without it.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, music —as well as culture in general— has once again become a refuge for millions of people all around the world. It is, perhaps, a way of communicating when words are no longer enough.
With music in the background or as the main feature, we have discovered that our journey could begin with us lost in our own room, as the famous 80’s Spanish band, Mecano, would sing. Because a journey is nothing more than moving things around, and 2020 has turned quite a few things upside down. But as soon as we had the chance, we ran away and had the need to transcend limits, to break our mould, as the British band The Verve claimed in 1997, because Everybody wants to rule the world. And, as activist and singer Maya Angelou put it, “everything in this universe has a rhythm, everything dances.”
Just like she has been doing for every moment of her life, Emma, the main character in Confin, needs an OST to go around her block and get the feeling of travelling around the world. That’s why Emma looks for songs and sorts them according to the different phases: making travel arrangements at home, the songs for the bar where she will gather her strength before setting off and, maybe even find allies, songs for the road, songs that smell of cities, songs that help guide our steps along the street, songs to stop, admire the views and take a breath… songs to go back, even if we never return the way we left.
Can you help us finish it?