I spend today with a friend who is a singer and songwriter. He writes his songs in Spanish, and some of them he translates into English. He is amazingly talented, and writes beautifully evocative lyrics with so much meaning in very few words. Today, I was helping him to smooth out some of the translation bumps where a word has extra connotations in English, or a phrase needed to be readjusted to get the emphasis on the right parts of the right words. It’s a different kind of writing from what I usually do, basically it’s like the editing process on steroids, but I had a lot of fun, and I think (and hope!) that my friend was pleased with the outcome. We revised three songs today, and I’m looking forward to hearing them recorded, and to working on the next batch.
Javier, if you’re reading this, thanks for the music, and for the Chinese food!