March 24, 2016
The Gaviota, or seagull, is the de facto national bird of Cuba, as Cubans often identify with the birds' resilience and oddity.. The gaviotas are scrappers, always somehow surviving elements, famine, poverty, yet, oddly, always sticking around for more...never leaving Cuba's shores even though they could just fly away at any time. The last line of this song's chorus...'Si en los montes, montes eres,' draws directly from José Martí. I took his lines and gave em back to Cuba, and to the woman I’m falling in love with, in the form of a wish, or desire for her and her flight..the woman's, Cuba's...away from ‘hunger,’ strife, and mere survival...and toward life, love.