One way to learn and improve a new language is to listen to music. In my case: songs in Spanish. Since last week it’s the same song over and over again… I already knew the song since I’ve always loved the performer’s voice: Mercedes Sosa.

You can’t escape from the intensity of her voice -why would you?- it takes you and keeps you in the present moment. It shows you it doesn’t matter what happens around you, it’s not important at all. The music and words are. A pure and simply beautiful song (written by Violeta Parra).

So sit down, turn off the noise and give yourself a moment to listen to Gracias a la vida” by Mercedes Sosa (please scroll down to watch the video).

 

With Love & Gratitude,

xx

 

Gracias a la Vida

Gracias a la Vida que me ha dado tanto
me dio dos luceros que cuando los abro
perfecto distingo lo negro del blanco
y en el alto cielo su fondo estrellado
y en las multitudes el hombre que yo amo

Gracias a la Vida que me ha dado tanto
me ha dado el sonido y el abedecedario
con él las palabras que pienso y declaro
Madre Amigo Hermano y luz alumbrando,
la ruta del alma del que estoy amando

Gracias a la Vida que me ha dado tanto
me ha dado la marcha de mis pies cansados
con ellos anduve ciudades y charcos,
playas y desiertos montañas y llanos
y la casa tuya, tu calle y tu patio

Gracias a la Vida que me ha dado tanto
me dio el corazón que agita su marco
cuando miro el fruto del cerebro humano,
cuando miro el bueno tan lejos del malo,
cuando miro el fondo de tus ojos claros

Gracias a la Vida que me ha dado tanto
me ha dado la risa y me ha dado el llanto,
así yo distingo dicha de quebranto
los dos materiales que forman mi canto
y el canto de ustedes que es el mismo canto
y el canto de todos que es mi propio canto

Gracias a la Vida
Gracias a la Vida
Gracias a la Vida
Gracias a la Vida

 

 

 

Thanks to Life

Thanks to life, which has given me so much
it gave me two beams of light (my eyes) and when I open them,
I perfectly distinguish black from white
and in the sky above, her depth filled with stars
and from within the multitude
the man I love

Thanks to life, which has given me so much
it gave me sound and the alphabet with these words I think and declare:
Mother, Friend, Brother and the light that shines
the route of the soul from which I love

Thanks to life, which has given me so much
it gave me the ability to walk with my tired feet
with them I walked cities and puddles
valleys and deserts, mountains and planes
and your house, your street and your patio

Thanks to life, which has given me so much
it gave me the heart, that agitates his mark,
when I see the fruit of the human mind,
when I see the good so far away from the bad,
when I see within the clarity of your eyes

Thanks to life, which has given me so much
it gave me laughter and it gave me tears
in this way I distinguish happiness from sadness
from the two materials my song is shaped
and your song, which is the same song
and everyone’s song, which is my very own song

Thanks to life
Thanks to life
Thanks to life
Thanks to life

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Eva is a Dutch writer based on the Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Spain). She has created this blog EVALUNES to share her writings about the things she cares hoping that with her words somewhere out there a human connection is made. She writes with love. Con Amor. Always.

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