Today on Instagram, I watched a clip by Arturo Chaconc-Cruz where he talked about Vicent Ferandez Gomez saying that “that song and music are the “dry cleaner for the soul” … You have to clean sadness with music.” We clean out the mess we have inside of us.
I believe he was right.
it’s hard to be sad when you are singing, even a sad song.
So who was Vicente Fernández Gómez (17 February 1940 – 12 December 2021)?
He was a Mexican singer, actor, and film producer. Nicknamed “Chente” (short for Vicente), “El Charro de Huentitán” (The Charro from Huentitán), “El Ídolo de México” (The Idol of Mexico), and “El Rey de la Música Ranchera” (The King of Ranchera Music), Fernández started his career as a buskar (a person who performs music or other entertainment in the street or another public place for monetary donations), and went on to become a cultural icon, having recorded more than 50 albums and contributing to more than 30 films. His repertoire consisted of rancheras and other Mexican classics.
Fernández’s work earned him three Grammy Awards, nine Latin Grammy Awards, fourteen Lo Nuestro Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He sold over 50 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all time. In 2016, Fernández retired from performing live, although he continued to record and publish music.
And who Arturo Chacon- Cruz?
Arturo Chacón Cruz (August 20, 1977) is a Mexican American operatic tenor. A winner of the Operalia competition in 2005, he went on to sing leading roles at many North American opera theatres, including Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Carnegie Hall, and Houston Grand Opera. He has also appeared in many European opera houses, including the Teatro Real in Madrid, La Fenice in Venice, Bolshoi Theatre, Arena di Verona, Teatro alla Scala, the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and the Berlin State Opera.
He sings regular Mexican and English songs too.
Well, let’s get to cleaning by singing.