I met Ernesto Aurignac at a dinner, in my friends Paco & Blanca’s home. Paco and Blanca are skilled double bass players, good friends and wonderful hosts. Ernesto told us a story about a woman named Sophia. A story as many others. Six, seven years later, he was premiering a new album including a song named after that story.
No wonder all of our friends wanted to hear it live. Everyone was talking about Ernesto’s new album. It was getting praises everywhere around. I still had to wait a few years more to meet Ernesto again _this time, at a gig of his own. Ernesto was coming to Mallorca to offer a Masterclass and I registered as soon as I knew.
I attended the event with my seven-month baby in my arms, but it was delightful for both of us _and Ernesto, I hope! I got totally smashed with what he shared with us and bought that CD immediately. It was actually as enjoyable as all my folks had been saying.
And that’s how Sophia’s story came back to me. While listening the ballad I got a kind of serendipity of Mullholland Drive, the David Lynch’s film. In a certain moment at the movie, the main characters dream of an empty theatre with one single performer at the stage, a woman in blue singing a capella… It felt to me like the exact way to perform Sophia. More than a latin bolero, a bolerazo. The Bolero. Imagine it in one of those patios _the lightwells from where you get light, smells, sounds and news from your neighbors in Spain and Argentina. Imagine any window with a wide, old-fashioned woman singing it as it was her last time on Earth.
It has been almost a year since I started rehearsing Sophia. I have been studying it, trying tempos… and I’ve needed a year to realize that I had chosen a tone too much higher than the one I need. So I’ve had to change it all after coming out the studio. And you will have to come to watch us live to find the Sophia I had imagined years ago.
I am certain that this one would be Romeo’s favorite from the whole album.