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Grammy-nominated vocalist Perla Batalla first gained international attention as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen. Her critically acclaimed debut album Perla Batalla was released on the Warner/Discovery label in 1994. She released her second album Mestiza in 1998 on her own Mechuda Music label. An immediate favorite on Public Radio shows throughout the U.S., Mestiza was selected as Best Independent Release of the Year by Amazon. com. In 2000 she released Heaven and Earth and was named Amazon's Emerging Artist of the Year. Perla's follow-up Discoteca Batalla contained original compositions interspersed with traditional Spanish language classics arranged to reflect Perla's rich bicultural personal and musical heritage. Discoteca Batalla has appeared on "Best Of" lists throughout the country. Perla's latest release Bird on the Wire is a tribute to Leonard Cohen and includes special guest David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos), among many other fine musicians.
Do you think of your lyrics as poetry?
I think of all
lyrics as poetry.
In my opinion
lyrics don't have to rhyme as long as the melody has a clever way of carrying
In these times when everything seems to have been done before it is always
exciting for me to hear a song that has its own style and form differing from
what we is considered the norm.
To me poetry IS music. I cannot separate the two.
Poetry has always been a huge influence in my life right alongside music. Walt
Whitman and anything in Spanish always offers inspiration. I have over the years
recognized how many popular songwriters would refer to great books or poetry in
I can't say why a
song is more popular than a poem. I think it is because music provides a
foundation that gives the poem deeper meaning. A chordal structure under a poem
can make you feel a certain way, which in turn gives a poetic thought wings. The
topic of music and poetry and how they work together could take pages and pages
to examine. I assure you that there are people out there far more qualified than
me to examine it.
© Perla Batalla