"Music is a medicine with positive side effects"

Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz), Aug 1 (EFE) .- The singer Ana Torroja, who has recently released her new album "Mil Reasons", considers that music "is a wonderful medicine" because "of having side effects, only they are positive. "

"Music is one of those things that makes you be in the present, that's why when you go to a concert you don't think, you just feel and live, and that gives you maximum happiness," the Madrid singer, who visits with his new album this week the Tío Pepe Festival in Jerez de la Frontera.

Accompanied by different producers, who have put their personal stamp on these new songs, "Mil Reasons" is an album "full of worlds and colors", which has been made "with a long time", forced in part by the pandemic, but which it has allowed "surprises and gifts" such as the single "Hour and room" with Alaska.

"I just needed one reason to release a new album and the producers have given me motivation, enthusiasm and inspiration. I needed one but I have three, and there are a thousand on the album", says Torroja (Madrid, 1959), for whom the music it is "a great companion to the pandemic."

These days the 40th anniversary of the release of Mecano's first single, "Today I can't get up," has been completed.

From the Ana Torroja of the past that illusion survives to do something that, she assures, she loves and is passionate about, although the insecurity that she had at that time from experience has changed.

"We are what we have lived. The good, the bad and the regular, and that's how I am," he says.

Among those Mecano songs that have marked an era is "Woman against woman", a hymn to the freedom of love that the artist has not stopped singing and that she asks to continue remembering today, especially when we are faced with cases that have shocked society like the murder of young Samuel.

"This song is still necessary and we must continue singing it for the freedom to love, because, although much progress has been made, there is still, unfortunately and incomprehensibly, a lot of hatred and little tolerance and respect. Life is diverse and so is love. ", affirms bluntly.


After a year without concerts (and with many restrictions), Torroja believes that it is "wonderful" to be able to meet people again and in a land (Jerez de la Frontera and the province of Cádiz) to which she is assiduous and "loves a lot. ", he confesses.

For this reason, she encourages the public of the Tío Pepe Festival to receive her next August 5 singing or with a bulería. "It would be very exciting," he enthuses.

A concert by Ana Torroja is, as defined by the artist herself, "a journey full of successes" where the audience meets "a large part of the soundtrack of her life", songs that she chooses herself thinking about what people want. listen, although at the end of the concert it is allowed to open "petitions" and for the public to ask for a song.

"If someone is left without listening to their song and cannot go home without it, at the end I open the" listener's requests "and stay on stage singing a cappella whatever they ask of me," says the artist, who does not doubt in qualifying this final stretch of the concert as a "magical, fun and very beautiful" moment.

He sends the public one last message: that they take the songs they want to hear written on their mobile or on banners because "if it is already difficult to understand them without the mask, with it, it will be impossible," he argues.

Although he assures that he does not want to get in trouble, he regrets that the public is not allowed to get up from their seats to dance. "I understand that they do not swirl or come together, but if they are all wearing the mask, why can't they get up and dance?", The Madrid artist wonders when asked about this new normal at concerts.

"That makes me very angry and sad that they are still in their seats. It will be a bit hard for me, but if it is what we have to do, we will be responsible and enjoy that way," Torroja resigned.

Returning to the stages after a year and a half of the pandemic causes him many emotions and he feels in each one of them "as if it were the first time." "There is nothing that can emulate a live concert, not even streaming. It's going to be incredible for everyone, because we need it so much," he says.

Ana Torroja continues to fill concerts because her music is universal to the point that it has songs that have turned 40 years old and are still as alive as then.

"I do not know if we are universal but maybe at some point I will be eternal through my songs," he concludes.

Maria Jose Romero


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