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What did he sing and what did he say?

What did he sing and what did he say?

Spanish singer Joan Manuel Seurat said goodbye to New York this Wednesday at the start of the last tour of his career, “El Vice de Cantor.” a dedicated audience who forced the interpreter to bring penelope on stage and thus narrates many stories from which he entertained the audience.

This Wednesday they met at the Beacon Theater in New York –One of the symbolic places of Hispanic artists– All Latin American accents, which left the “sold out” sign hanging for days.

There were many middle-aged people who knew a large part of the Noi del Poble Sec repertoire by heart.

Joan Manuel Seurat found himself in New York with an audience devoted to his songs.  photo EFE/Victor M. Matos

Joan Manuel Seurat found himself in New York with an audience devoted to his songs. photo EFE/Victor M. Matos

Casual look and great mood

The singer was wearing faded jeans, shirt and jacket with a group of seven musicians -organ, double bass, violin, clarinet and drums and guitar, in addition to his inseparable pianist Ricard Miralles-, and he performed the songs standing alongside those songs, alternately on a stool or in a low chair.

Joan Manuel Seurat, who was in an excellent mood, wanted his concert to be a hymn to life, without getting lost in old memories, and said that if their stories are full of characters who don’t age, “you have to give the characters their place.” And “we’re occupied, more messed up, but I like it that way,” he said.

Concert start. happened with give it give it and continued My childhood and other subjects that are less known to the public and only when he sang Madam The attendees stood up and began to chant a chorus they knew by heart,

one classic after another

Joan Manuel Seurat presented his show as a hymn to life and did not want to keep it in nostalgia.  photo EFE/Victor M. Matos

Joan Manuel Seurat presented his show as a hymn to life and did not want to keep it in nostalgia. photo EFE/Victor M. Matos

they followed Lucy, I do nothing but think about you You something personalBefore giving way to the musical poems of Miguel Hernández, a poet who died in a Francoist prison and of whom he said “It is the duty of Spain and the world to remember this”,

Singing Onion Lullabyin a very intimate tone, but then chained for freedomwhat, With the wind of his anthem, he once again lifted the masses from their seats.

Songs from their “Latin repertoire” were missing from the concert, except for a sign of atahualpa yupanqui, For example, he did not interpret Mario Benedetti’s lyrics. Which brought him so much fame in the American continent.

The public did not stop praising the Catalan singer: “Great”, “Maestro” or “I love you”, to which one woman replied “And me more”, and Seurat replied “You’re a liar, you told me four years ago” (the date of his last New York concert).

art of making songs

Seurat considered the meaning of making songs, which he defined as “A musical with a landscape and some characters”And that some songs, his or the other, achieve the magic of “sticking to the back of our souls and living forever and ever”.

Of course, that’s what the public of the Big Apple showed today, who struggled with the singer to accompany her most famous tunes and who obsessively requested one song or the other, but above all penelopeOne of his oldest hits.

Joan Manuel Seurat sang "Penelope" and told two stories about the song at his New York show.  photo EFE/Victor M. Matos

Joan Manuel Seurat sang “Penelope” and told two stories about the song at his New York show. photo EFE/Victor M. Matos

Seurat not only sang penelope, but sat down to explain two stories: one, most famously, of the wife of Ulysses who weaves and weaves a cloak while waiting for her husband for twenty years; Other, That of an unnamed woman, seen by Seurat at Kaltayud stationBetween Madrid and Barcelona, ​​clinging to a bag – as in the song – and which he dared not speak but never forgot.

It’s hard to imagine Seurat leaving the stage foreverA field where he walks like a fish in water and where he practices that “a song exists only when someone sings it and someone else hears it”.

What the public wanted today was more than just listening: I Serrat. wanted to sing withand so he did today could be a great day, those little things and the Mediterranean, to reach the apotheosis songWhere Seurat gave the floor so that people could sing “Caminante no he camino / El camino se camino al inside” at the top of his voice.

And when he had already gone, he had to return to repeat team And remember that, as the song says, “Come down the hill / Up my street / The party’s over”.

The Bacon Theater in New York was packed with Seurat's performance.  Here people are in line.  photo EFE/Victor M. Matos

The Bacon Theater in New York was packed for Seurat’s performance. Here people are in line. photo EFE/Victor M. Matos

Relentless, the public asked for a “second-second”, and Seurat returned again and sang at the end. that crazy littleA nod to their own farewell tour as it ends with “Nothing and no one can stop them from suffering / Let the hands on the clock / … Let them grow”. And that one day / They say goodbye to us,

Source: EFE/Javier Otazu

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