Maybe I shouldn’t include the next post, since you won’t know more about Juana Molina by reading it. However, I feel that it was an important moment in my life and that it shows how much I idealize her. Last year, the music journalist Simon Reynolds came to Buenos Aires and Santiago (Chile) to give some conferences at FILBA, a literature festival being held in both cities. But what I would have never ever imagine is that Juana Molina would attend too.
You could realize that she was a special gest, since her seats on the first line were reserved. Besides, since we Argentines love foreigners to tell us what they like or know about Argentina, of course all the publications asked Simon Reynolds if he knew an Argentine artist. Being Juana Molina probably the one he knew, he said that he thought she had a characteristic sound and that she was very original.
I haven’t found reviews or words by Simon Reynolds about Juana Molina, but reading Retromania, you can realize that she doesn’t fit in the characterization of the modern musician that Simon Reynolds sees in the 21st Century. Juana isn’t addicted to the past and not even to the present; she isn’t desperate to find out those obscure places in the music that has long been forgotten and isn’t interested in the knowledge of music history either. Instead, she says that her influences are her grandmother’s elevator and the music her parents used to listen when she was little — since she doesn’t even listen to a lot of music now, either old or new.
Looking now backwards at what happened at this event, I realize that I’ve changed quite a lot since then. As you’ll notice, I had this idea of becoming a music journalist very attached in my head. A professional music journalist, and now I understand that maybe I don’t want that, or maybe I do, but it isn’t necessary to be so aware of that. That maybe I can just write about Juana Molina for a whole week, and still be a crazy fan who gets all nervous when I had the possibility of saying “hi” to her.
I wrote what follows around a year ago; just after arriving back from Simon Reynold’s conference. I hope you enjoy it.
Do you remember when I saw Juana Molina in person? Everytime I meet with Cüyén and we remember this, we both get super excited and nervous again as if Juana Molina was again in front of us.