Una canción para enero

For everyone who’s heard those tragic words “let’s just be friends,” this song is for you. And if that’s not actually what this song is about, well, prove it.

The song’s singer, and leader of the prolific and long-lived band Jarabedepalo (or Jarabe de Palo), is a guy from Barcelona named Pau Donés. At the end of the summer he announced the cancelation of the band’s U.S. tour and began treatment for metastasized colorectal cancer. Last month he planned to take the stage for a one-time concert to raise funds for research into his particular kind of cancer and for a campaign to destigmatize the disease—hopefully he is continuing to regain his health.

“Agua,” 1998

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