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Los Jaivas – La Conquistada (Piano Cover)

To finish september, the celebrations of the chilean independency. I Recorded this beautiful song which is from a very popular chilean rock band: Los Jaivas.
La Conquistada is a song I’ve been listening since I was a kid and it’s the first time I made a recording of it. I hope you enjoy it!.

UPDATE: Eduardo Parra from the chilean band Los Jaivas, saw this video and sent me a really nice message on Facebook! ūüėÄ

 

Transcript of the message: 

I Saw it, Germ√°n. Very nice. Spectacular. Thank you so much for your dedication and love for our music. It’s a pleasure¬†to hear the interpretation of our work with the love and passion that you give. I’m Charmed.

#SSSVEDA August 2016 day 28 – A Day In The Park

Vlog Every Day in August is a challenge to make a video every day for a month.
This is my #28 vlog on the super excellent #SSSVEDA August challenge.

Today join me while I walk on a sunday across the beautiful Parque Bustamante in Santiago, Chile. Comuna de Providencia.

#SSSVEDA August 2016. Day 23 – A Little Bit Of Tango

Vlog Every Day in August is a challenge to make a video every day for a month.
This is my #23 vlog on the super excellent #SSSVEDA August challenge.

Today I wanted to share with you some footage of a gig I had with my Tango band last sunday, in the Plaza de √Ďu√Īoa, Santiago de Chile.

#SSSVEDA August 2016. Day 8 – Let’s Play Pokemon GO

Vlog Every Day in August is a challenge to make a video every day for a month.
This is my #8 vlog on the super excellent #SSSVEDA August challenge.
Today I’m joined by my brother and we are going to streets of Santiago, Chile chasing POKEMONS!. Will we catch them all?

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#SSSVEDA August 2016. Day 3 – Something About The City I Live In

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This is my #3 vlog on the super excellent #SSSVEDA August challenge. Here I talk about the city and country I live in: Santiago, Chile.

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My Life With Queen – Queen + Adam Lambert

This is the 3rd part of my story with Queen. Click to read part 1 and part 2

After the night of 2008, when I saw Queen performing in Chile, I thought¬†that was it, I’d never see Brian May and Roger Taylor perform again. ¬†But¬†another miracle happened:¬† in the year¬†2012, Queen started touring again with another singer. ¬†This time it was a young man named Adam¬†Lambert. ¬†So, as you can expect, I started again to daydream about seeing ¬†Brian and Roger once again perform in my country. ¬†And I waited…… and I waited…….. and I¬†waited……..

yeah, just like this

 

until finally in the year 2015, the band announced a brand new South American tour,  and included Chile again. The new heavenly date was set for September 30th and the tickets started selling at the end of March.

So “what should I do?”, I said to myself. ¬†Meanwhile, ¬†on the professional career side of my life,¬†nothing was much improved.¬† ¬†I was working on a shitty job and I had more
debts.  Of course, I wanted to see them again as close as possible, but 7 years later, was I still the same irresponsible human being??

¬†The answer is no. I couldn’t¬†spend again all my money on a VIP ticket again. So with sadness, I had to¬†convince myself that there was no need of seeing them again close to the stage,¬†as in 2008. I’d already seen them once!¬†Why would I’ve ever want to see them again that close??. ¬† That¬†said, ¬†I bought the cheapest ticket.¬† ¬†It was¬†in the balcony, ¬†which I was sure would¬†get only a partial view of the stage, and would be very far away (at least I¬†would still see Brian’s white wig right?). ¬†So I had my ticket, and I was
overly happy again!   I was going to see, once again, Brian and Roger perform with this young singer.

For the next months, I jumped on the social networks, and started¬†joining on Facebook fan pages of both Queen, and the singer Adam Lambert. ¬†By that time I started looking seriously at Twitter,¬†too. ¬†I did that mainly to get more¬†information as close to the original source. ¬†The fun thing is that I found that the people¬†on Adam Lambert fan pages had much more accurate information than people on¬†Queen pages. ¬†Their love for that young¬†singer is ¬†enormous! ¬†They call¬†themselves “Glamberts” and are like the fan base that every musician¬†wishes he could have. I’ve never been that active on any site, I think, but I¬†learned lots and lots of things by just reading.

At one point, I thought that it would be a great idea if I tried to meet one of these people if they came to see the South American concerts. I thought I could be a great tour guide, and I could get a little practice speaking English.  I started looking on both Queen and Glambert sites to see if anyone mentioned anything about South America.

 One day,  someone asked if anybody was going to Brazil in September to see one of the shows. That thread had many replies; some people were going to Argentina, others to Brazil, and many of them were wishing they could travel at all.

One of the replies was from a lady who claimed that she was going to both the Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Santiago (Chile) shows all the way from the USA,  and she had gotten VIP tickets. I thought that would be a great opportunity to use my English skills, and hopefully to meet some nice people.

Then like a creep, I sent her a private message out of nowhere, introducing¬†myself as a Queen fan, going to the Chile concert. ¬†Then, we started talking.¬† She proved to be a very nice person and I was¬†proving to myself that I could follow a conversation completely in English¬†without using Google Translator. ¬†She¬†told me she had problems getting her tickets, so I offered my help. ¬†I also helped her to get a safe transportation¬†from the airport to the hotel. ¬†She didn’t speak Spanish at all, so I was¬†happy to be useful, helping with all those scary things to solve if you don’t¬†speak the native language of a place.

lady: I just wanna be your friend and help you

By September, we were already cyber-friends.¬† So we set up a date to meet in person. ¬†She was traveling with her husband and a¬†friend, so I’d get to meet 3 people, and speak only in English. I was¬†terrified! How would I know if they would actually understand my¬†pronunciation??? ¬†What If she was nice on¬†the chat but not in real life??¬† I was¬†scared, but was so curious how would this work out that I just had to do it.

And the day of the meeting arrived! It was September 29th, the day before the Queen + Adam Lambert concert, and she had invited me to the hotel in which she was staying to meet her husband, the friend, and have a meal together.

And it turned out really well!   I met the 3 people.  They were the nicest people ever, and I spoke in English and they actually understood what I was saying.  And suprisingly for me: they were Glamberts! not Queen fans.

At one point in the conversation, I offered to go with them to a mall¬†nearby to help them pick up their tickets. ¬†¬†Then something that I’d never imagined¬†happened:¬†¬† she said that they wanted me¬†to help them to get through the line at the stadium, and then to the front of¬†the stage. ¬†I replied that I could help¬†them through the line, and then point out to them out where the VIP section was.¬†But my tickets were for the balcony.

And then she told me that, what if they give me a VIP ticket so I could¬†join them at the concert??¬† ¬†And then I think I fainted……¬†again……….. much like in 2008. ¬†¬†Seriously,
I refused at first;¬† I’d already had my¬†balcony tickets, and plus I didn’t want it to look like I wanted to meet her¬†only to get a better ticket. ¬†She¬†insisted that they wanted my help!¬† But I¬†knew she was being nice, and wanted me to be with them, enjoying being near the¬†stage. ¬†So finally, ¬†I accepted the blessing and gave my balcony¬†tickets to my dad and my brother so they could go to the concert too. ¬†Then I realized: I was going to see Queen¬†again!! ¬†¬†Just like in 2008!!¬† And now with these nice people that I had
just met, and that was a big improvement!  I was so happy and crazy that I even lost my wallet in the taxi back home. Those were some crazy couple of days!

So the next day, I invited them to a tourist site in my city, Santiago.¬†We went up to the “San Cristobal” hill, ¬†which has a giant sculture of the Virgin Mary¬†(yes, my country is very Catholic). ¬†I¬†had them try the most typical snack here: the “empanada“, and have a¬†typical drink: “mote con huesillos“.
It was all fun, and I was being a tourist guide, just like I wanted to be.   Later in the afternoon, I picked up my new friends in a taxi, and gave them a couple of bottles of Chilean wine.  Then we went to the concert, where we had to do a long and messy line to get into the stadium.  Then, finding the VIP location was crazy too.  Lucky I was with them, or they would still be lost  now!

Then the concert happened; it was all wonderful.  Adam Lambert is a kickass singer!

All this experience was very different from the one I had in 2008! This¬†time, the concert was pretty much embelished by meeting these 3 new friends,¬†and that’s something I’ll always remember with a big smile on my face.

Queen + Adam Lambert Chile 2015 poster

Queen + Adam Lambert 2015 Chile Poster

My Life with Chilean Spanish – A Primer

I want to spend some time talking to you about my language. ¬†Here in Chile, we speak Spanish, like most of¬†the countries in South America. ¬†But it’s¬†not just any kind of Spanish. ¬†You see,¬†people that come here to stay for a while, usually try to learn at least a¬†little of the language at home, ¬†or even¬†sign up for lessons. ¬†Then, ¬†you learn how to understand and probably¬†speak¬† a little Spanish.

But you may end up ready to go to Spain or Mexico, but not Chile. Most foreigners complain about the same thing when they come here: they don’t understand shit of what we say!!.  So welcome to the Chilean-Spanish jungle!

We are considered¬† the worst¬†Spanish speakers in South America by many visitors.¬† ¬†(I¬†don’t agree but I’m a local, so what do I know?)¬† ¬†I¬†really don’t think it’s that bad, but the thing is, here we speak really fast,¬†most of the time forgetting to add some final syllables to the words, not articulating¬†that much, and overall, just shamelessly inventing words that aren’t used¬†anywhere else, ¬†but only we know what¬†they mean.

And by saying “invented” words, I mean 80% of those words are¬†for swearing. yes!, that’s the other wonderful thing here! ¬†We swear ALL THE TIME. ¬†Especially when you hang out with friends or¬†not formal environments. You see, here the same curse word can be used as an¬†insult,¬† or as ¬†a “hello!” ¬†It all depends on the context. ¬†It can be really aggressive, or a word to¬†break the ice in a conversation.

Friendly Swearing

So if you wanna come here and stay for a while, you better start forgetting¬†your “Spanish” lessons, and start learning “Chilean-Spanish”.¬†Most important: learn how to swear¬†correctly, learn friendly swearing, and try to get used to the dark sense of¬†humour Chileans have.

By the way, ¬†my relationship with languages and music are¬†very tied together. ¬†I think music is the¬†main reason why I started to be interested in learning English. ¬†I’ve been a fan of some local bands and music¬†styles that are big here, but I’ve always found myself listening to things in¬†other languages.¬†¬† Especially in English,¬†or as people call it here “Anglo-music”.

During my teenage years, I started watching MTV and, saw rock bands that I really liked at the time, like Marilyn Manson and Korn. For some time, I went really crazy
about them too, ¬†along with Queen. ¬†I remember trying to translate the lyrics of¬†the songs or looking them up on the Internet, where it wasn’t that easy to find¬†them at that time.¬† Especially if you¬†weren’t an English speaker.

So at first,¬†I spent a lot of time reading and researching music- related stuff that was¬†only written in English. Nowadays, you can find most of that kind of thing¬†written in¬† any language, and if you¬†don’t find it, ¬†you can always use Google¬†Translator to help yourself. But at that time, I found that the Internet was¬†pretty much an English-speakers tool. There wasn’t much info about the things I¬†was interested in available in Spanish.

So I had no¬†choice. ¬†¬†I just started reading and¬†looking for info on the bands I liked, searched for lyrics, pictures, chords¬†and so on.¬† ¬†All in the English language. ¬†Eventually, ¬†I moved from just looking for info and reading¬†it, to starting to¬† look to meet people¬†from other countries. ¬†¬†But that’s¬†another story for later‚Ķ

When my brain is about to explode I turn into Arnold.

So ladies and gentlemen, those are some of the things that I have to¬†work with here!¬† ¬†I love the small details of my language. ¬†I think they are lovely really!¬† You just need a good guide and advice, so you¬†won’t get lost in this “Chilean jungle”.

And so I say to you:¬† ¬†every time I write or say something to you,¬†remember ¬†that I’m trying my best to¬†translate all those made-up words into ¬†the¬†comprehensive English language. ¬†(I think¬†my brain is gonna explode any time!)¬† ¬†Wanna see me trying harder??.

Well, ¬†stay tuned for the rest of¬†my stories, ¬†brought to you from the¬†“unknown” and beautiful land called Chile.

My life…

Hello, so this is my real first post. I’ve never been good at writing but I’ve decided to give it a try.
garden lodge with chilean flag

garden lodge with chilean flag

My Name is Germ√°n (as in ‚ÄúHerman‚ÄĚ for English speakers). I come from a far, far away land called Chile. You may have heard it before as a synonymous for ‚Äúearthquake‚ÄĚ, ¬†or maybe you saw on TV how 33 miners were heroically rescued. Or even, if you are a soccer fan, know a few names of very succesful (and rich!) players across Europe. The thing is,¬†¬† I live in a small but generally ‚Äúproud of themselves‚ÄĚ country (except for that Hitler wannabe¬†who was in the government for 15 years. Not proud at all of that‚Ķ).

But I’m not here to tell you all about the country I live in,  or how wonderful it is for foreigners to spend their vacation here.

I’m here to tell you about my own experience, living, working,  and dreaming in a place that’s not a powerful world power but it isn’t also a place filled with disaster and poverty.

I‚Äôm just a guy trying to reach his dreams, (as many others) doing what is considered here to be a ‚Äúnon traditional‚ÄĚ job. ¬†So most of my experiences are about spending all my 20s trying to be successful and crashing¬† into walls.

It’s All About The Music

So, I’m a 31-year-old musician.  My instrument of preference has been the piano and keyboards since I was 13 years old.   I come from a middle class family and I went to University to get a degree in music.
I won’t talk in much detail, but I think you know what comes next after studying music (or any artistic field for that matter)

This!

Unlike other ‚Äúnormal‚ÄĚ jobs, this is one field in that you actually don‚Äôt get paid every time you work (or get paid a very low amount of money). ¬†And you never get a formal work contract.As you might think,¬†after successfully getting my music degree, I started to swim in the exciting and vast sea of the jobless and¬†struggling artist. Working to get paid gigs, joining bands, trying to get paid composer jobs, and doing piano teaching to survive.

While trying to perfect my craft and artistry I came to know how this business works if you are not the son of a famous artist, or if you are a ‚Äúnewbie‚ÄĚ.¬† ¬†I got really excited and¬†disappointed¬†about¬†projects that I worked on, really happy about things that worked out, and really depressed about other things that didn‚Äôt go that well. ¬†That‚Äôs life, ¬†you might say!, and it‚Äôs true!, but this is life trying to survive in a very small fish tank, filled with angry sharks and pretentious piranhas.¬† Most of them don‚Äôt even let you get closer to get a little catch. ¬†But when¬†I came across those kinds of people, ¬†I‚Äôve also realized I didn‚Äôt want to be like them.

Go to hell shark!!

So where am I now??    I’ve decided to use my past experiences and work for my very own projects.  As things haven’t worked out with other people, I might as well work for myself and try to step out.

So‚Ķ this is my life and it‚Äôs just starting‚Ķ‚Ķ.Of course I still have to eat‚Ķ so it‚Äôs not like I‚Äôm living now in a mountain alone; ¬†I still need social contact (sadly!), ¬†and I‚Äôm still trying to get ‚Äúnormal‚ÄĚ music jobs, while dedicating most of my time to my own projects.