WOW….. has it really been 4 months since I last posted?!?!? Time has flown by!
I know that chances are he will never personally read this, but tonight I sent the following message to Enrique Iglesias on Facebook. Here’s a little background for those who don’t know Spanish before I share the letter since it is in Spanish…….
I’ve LOVED Enrique Iglesias’ music since I first heard “Si tu te vas” and “Experiencia religiosa” in 1995. He started becoming even more popular with his albums, Vivir, and Cosas del Amor, in 1997 & 1998 when I was serving my mission in Chile. Although I did not really listen to the music while on my mission since we were limited to church music, I heard it on the streets and heard about it from people we talked to and would sometimes hear it in the houses we lived in. Therefore, I came home from Chile with a tape of both those albums and they were the first Spanish songs other than church music that I listened to all the time and memorized after coming home from Chile. Not only did they remind me of the amazing times I had in Chile, but they also helped me keep up my Spanish and learn more.
Throughout the years, I haven’t always kept up with his new songs, but often have – especially the ones in Spanish. When “Héroe” came out in 2001, it quickly became my favorite love song & has been since then. The interesting thing with that, though, is that I LOVE the Spanish version, but am not so fond of the English version. The translation is not the same and just does not come across with the same power that the Spanish version has – to me at least.
Recently, when I heard his new song, “Bailando,” I was reminded of how awesome his music is and the impact that it has had on my life over the years. Then I found out that he was coming to Austin for his current tour. I really wanted to go, but didn’t want to go if it meant being in horrible seats. Every time we tried to get tickets, the “system” kept giving us seats that I just felt wouldn’t make seeing him after 20 years of loving his music a very memorable experience. At one point, I decided I would just live with not seeing him in concert because I didn’t really want to spend the money it would take to have really good seats, and I didn’t want to go if it meant sitting in the “nosebleed” section or even in the lower sections if it wasn’t a good view of the stage. The more I thought about it, the more I decided that this might be my only chance to see him in concert and I really wanted to go. Therefore, we decided to pay more than I’ve ever paid & probably more than I ever will pay for one concert, in order to get good seats (4th row) to go to the concert.
For those who didn’t know, I got a job that started on January 5th to teach high school Spanish. Although I’m glad I have a job doing what I’ve always wanted to do, it is a very rough situation. It is at a school that has a lot of challenges and I’m taking over for a teacher who was A LOT different than I am and the school has many policies that are different that what I’ve been used to. Needless to say, there have been many rough days that have ended (or sometimes started) with me in tears. On those not-so-great days, it has been prayer, family, and the music of Enrique Iglesias that has kept me going and has kept reminding me of my dream and of how much I LOVE Spanish.
Because of all that, this is the letter I decided to send him on Facebook tonight. Even if he never personally sees it & never sees me at the concert next week with the other thousands of fans there, I needed to write it for myself because his music has meant more to me at various times in my life than I will ever be able to express in mere words – in either language…….