This week was our NYFOS@Caramoor Residency with concerts at Caramoor and Merkin Hall, so we asked our 2016 Terrance W. Schwab Vocal Rising Stars to contribute to the Song of the Day blog this week. Today’s selection comes from tenor Galeano Salas who wrote this tribute in the midst of his preparations at Caramoor last week.
It was such a treat to live at Caramoor for the last week. There is a timeless quality to this estate, especially in the Rosen House. I feel fortunate to work in this field; fortunate that the vocal rising stars get to learn, explore and perform in a place that is so historic and beautiful.
I’ve been pondering my topic in the blog and have finally found it. I want to talk a little bit about my favorite place in Caramoor. I’ve really found the greenhouse to be one of the best parts of Caramoor and let me tell you why. For starters, it’s warm and humid; an environment that is reminiscent Houston’s swampy climate and a place I now call home. Secondly, the vegetation is wonderful and many of the plants remind me of my childhood growing up in Mexico. There’s a particular species that made me think the past, of my mother and of a place called Valle de Bravo. I don’t know of it’s common in the Northeast, but the Agapanthus or Lily of the Nile was in my backyard every year back then. This also happens to be one of my mother’s favorite flowers, so I took a picture to share it with you. Each day I go in the greenhouse for a few minutes and let myself get lost in the sheltered wilderness. It smells of life and happens to also be a great place for warm ups. I’m sure there’s never been a concert in this greenhouse before, but if I know Steve Blier, it might happen one day!!
The Lily of the Nile and the memories of my mother make me think of a song by Maria Grever. Not many people know Ms. Grever’s work, but I think she’s beginning to make a comeback. For those of you who aren’t very familiar with her, she is the composer of ‘Besame Mucho’ and ‘Jurame.’ The song I have in mind is actually called ‘Te quiero dijiste’ and is very near and dear to my family. It was a part of my sister’s wedding – used for the Mother and Daughter dance – a unique request from my sister on her special day. Here it is below, I hope you like it.
I’m lucky to be collaborating with these wonderful artists. I’m also getting excited for the show. It’s all beginning to take such great shape.
If you’re looking for behind the scenes footage before the concert on Sunday, you’ll probably find me in the greenhouse, my favorite place.
Have a great day, y’all,