5 February 2021
Baila is a song that started as a personal take on romance but ended up being about love, loss, and growing apart. Our grandmother, who is from Juarez, taught us a lot about music from Mexico, making it an important and significant part of our upbringing. Morning drives through the mountains listening to the boundless mess of corrido tapes she’d keep in her car, she continuously emphasized the amount of passion that is put into Mexican music. Especially those written about romance and heartbreak, grief and loss. The sense of pining and loneliness we heard in some of our favorites like el reloj or bésame mucho inspired this star-crossed love ballad. I feel symbolism plays a huge part as well in remembering those we’ve loved, lost, and will continue to love.
This song is here at a difficult time in our lives. Anthony and I who are cousins, and Eugene as our brother, have lost two of our family members who were beyond close to us. I like to see this as part of the symbolism we need and that they would want, to honor and remember those who’ve past through song.
We’re finding it quite beautiful that the cover art is a woman twirling wildly under the stars, on a stage that somewhat represents a día de los muertos altar, and the lyrical base being less about wanting one more moment with a loved one, but a soul mate, a friend beyond friends. There’s so much to be said through the spiral of emotions and feeling... but all I’m asking is for everyone to listen, love, sing and dance! That’s what they would have wanted and will have them smiling upon us all
Love y’all so much
~ Summer Salt
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