Esteban Alvarez - “Has Amado Una Mujer de Veras”
The last time that I had the pleasure of listening to Esteban Alvarez’s work, I can honestly say that I became a serious fan. Since hearing his newest release “Has Amado Una Mujer de Veras,” a cover of Bryan Adams’ “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman,” I’ve become much more than that. As a writer, I’m in awe of his musicality and almost divine style of attack when he gets into the studio, and with this most recent work I can tell you that I’m not just a fan but a disciple of his school of thought. If this is what it means to be a true artist, I think that word of his aesthetic rightfully belongs to be spread from coast to coast and beyond.
This cover is in Spanish, but you don’t have to understand the language to understand the translation of the song, even if you’ve never heard Bryan Adams’ 1995 recording. Esteban describes all of the same emotions and charged contemplations that Adams does, but in this case through the glowing radiance of his piano as opposed to the thunder of an electric guitar. All of the same epic, spine-tingling magic from the original is still there, but it’s been revitalized and shot full of youthful adrenaline in the most 2018 way you can imagine. No matter what your native tongue is, by the time that “Has Amado Una Mujer de Veras” finishes rocking your world, you’re going to get the message behind the music.
I wonder why Esteban chose this song to cover in his new record La Bikina. It’s a great song, but out of all the rock songs in the world that he could have put his own spin on, I think this one is a particularly good selection due to its rather expansive construction to start with. Using the strong bones that were already present, Esteban layers his own fleshy textures upon them to build a Frankenstein of sonic waves and a myriad of colorful harmonies for the listener to get completely lost in. In that sense, this is one of the more original songs that I’ve heard this year.
It’s songs like this one that remind me why I love music so much and really why I chose to write about this medium of art as opposed to any other. Music evokes so many feelings and emotions in all of us, and two people can listen to the same song and walk away with such conflicting interpretations of its meaning. Its powerful and one of the most moving elements of the world that we call our own. Esteban Alvarez is aware of the power that he wields when he sits before that piano, and he takes his job and its obligations very seriously – so seriously that artists who are looking to step out of his shadow have got a lot of work to do in order to reach his pedigree. Whatever comes next for him will be telling as to how his music will influence aspiring artists, and if we’re to judge his gifts by his present discography, his value to modern music is possibly incalculable.