Prepare yourself for a real mix of songs primarily in English and Spanish but also in Swedish, and in that French which I do not speak and much less pronunciate well.

Prepárense para una verdadera mezcla de canciones principalmente en inglés y español pero también en sueco y en ese francés que no hablo ni mucho menos pronuncio.

Out-of-the-box-thinking is often requested, but is usually accepted only when coming from within a-small-mutual-admiration-network.

Here it is: Bartering plenty of Noise for a tiny bit of Voice

My weight? Yes there is about 20 pounds, 9 kilos, difference with when I began this blog. Luckily for me it has been in a downward direction.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

In my life

Communications in a polarized world… or how Speakers’ Corner speakers move to the Speakers’ Studios, primetime

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Burbujas de amor

Un poema del poeta mas actual de la musica latinoamericana, Juan Luis Guerra


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ferry Cross the Mercey

I never been there but I feel I know it

We need to stop the Amazon from smoking

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Barquito de papel

Una de las tantas joyas de Joan Manuel Serrat

A la Iglesia de mi pais

Sunday, May 23, 2010

No es serio este cementerio

Una buenísima de José María Cano, uno del buenísimo grupo Mecano

Aprendamos de Florencia

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Je l'aime à mourir

Un chanson par Francis Cabrel.... Moi en francais? Mon  Dieu!

Thou shall not PowerPoint

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lay Lady Lay

One of the great of del Gran Maestro Bob Dylan

To write or not write... by hand

Thursday, May 20, 2010


De Chucho Monge una de las revela-edades que por sencilla y sentida sobrevivirá

En mi país, igual que en muchos otros, lamentablemente, si escribo un artículo que en su título incluya una palabra como “acuerdo” pocos lo leen. ... No obstante aquí lo tienen

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A whiter shade of pale

A wondrous song I pray I am not butchering it... too much.

In case you missed it here is the financial crisis explained to non-experts, dummies and financial regulators.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Una de las grandes de las tantas grandes del gran Armando Manzanero

Y mientras... Las remesas familiares

Monday, May 17, 2010

To sing for you

Here is a great simple song from Donovan... another example of how small songs can be great songs.

And, while enjoying, read “The GPS and the AAAs” at

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lamento Borincano

Aqui va la primera... me reservo el derecho de mejorarla... me reservo el derecho de sustituirla por otra si surgen problemas con permisos.

Rafael Hernández Marín

Y mientras... Hugo, yo y la revolución

May 16, 2010 today is the date!

Today is that day, my sixtieth birthday and I must confess that I find myself more than a bit surprised by that fact.

As a present to myself I will start posting one song played with guitar and harmonica, daily, for a whole year.

I mean if someone could do that with the cooking of Julia Child, how could it not be done with so much beautiful music and that, though so full of sentiments, has the added value of being low in those calories one should be careful with when hitting 60. (ok before that too)

I have not actually checked out whether there are 365 songs that I like and know how to play but, if I get to run low on inventories, perhaps you will be able to suggest some.

See you! Or, more correctly phrased... see and hear me!

PS. If this helps me spread my voice and noise on other concerns I have… the better. Imagine these things one has to do just because one is not a PhD! But, come to think of it, if a PhD I might have to behave like one, and perhaps would not be doing these other things I love.

Bartering Noise for Voice

Here I offer you plenty of noise for getting some voice… what a deal, please take it!

1st Issue Lousy Financial Regulations

In November 1999, in an Op-Ed in the Daily Journal of Caracas I wrote “The possible Big Bang that scares me the most is the one that could happen the day those genius bank regulators in Basel, playing Gods, manage to introduce a systemic error in the financial system, which will cause the collapse, of the only remaining bank in the world”

And the Big Bang, this monstrous financial crisis happened and I know exactly why, and yet, though I have written hundreds of letters to the Financial Times objecting Basel I, II and III they refuse me space to voice my arguments

Please have a look at,
especially under the label of subprime banking regulations.

You can also find many writings on this subject in

2nd Issue, Oil-Cursed Citizens

I come from an oil cursed country where the government is independently wealthy, does not need the citizen’s taxes and therefore treats the citizens as annoying beggars of favors.

The fight against the oil curse is being hijacked by some well intentioned ONGs and international organizations, many of them from oil consuming countries and who unfortunately have no real idea about what the oil curse really means.

As an example of that suffices to say that they establish among their explicit principles that oil revenues should be managed by governments in favor of the citizens, something which of course reduces the citizens to being mere recipients of whatever oil-sowing the bureaucrats feel like doing.

You can read more about this here:

3rd Issue The environment.

The more you care or find yourself alarmed about the prospects for the environment the more you should care about that all the scarce resources are invested as efficiently as possible… and this does not seem to be the case with the majority of green groups who seem to want to throw whatever after their own pet-green solutions.

The more you believe there is a silly non-founded alarmism about the prospects for the environment, the more you should demand that all scarce resources invested in green projects meet at least some minimum standards of efficiency … and this does not seem to be the case with the majority of the skeptical who mostly shy away from their responsibility of providing some oversight.

If global warming, cooling, or just environmental degeneration is as real threat to humanity, as it could seem plausible, then even the poorest of the poor have the right as a human being in participating to confront that challenge, and should not be told… “You are too poor, innocent and irrelevant to it all to matter…. Let us the rich and develop handle it.”

You can read more about this here:

4th… 5th…nth Many issues… which is why I need so many songs.