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Every fool with his own theme

For some reason we have sung a lot about madness. The subject is complex, nothing else in Havana "there is a pile of crazy people". There are some with motorcycles, some without papers, some with an overly noticeable libido, others who are looking for someone to share their disorder with; some are on the edge, and there are also those who pretend to be crazy, but understand things better than most people.

The truth is that on this island, losing your mind is not difficult at all. Being called crazy can be a great compliment; but if you happen to have gone crazy, you have probably committed a serious offense and the threat is imminent; after all, eating a crazy truck can happen to anyone.

Although this term is often associated with certain psychiatric diseases or neurodivergences, we are aware that it is a completely wrong use and, therefore, opposite to our intention. With these songs we want to give a nod to all those who dream, say what they think and are not governed by the demands and schemes that society imposes, because they are the ones who bring about the changes that are so lacking in this world. "Where the sane can't reach", is the sound of this playlist.

Crazy for my Havana / Manolito Simonet and his Trabuco

In his more than twenty years of compounding, Crazy for my Havana continues to function as one of the memorable themes of this city and is the emblematic of Manolito Simonet and his Trabuco, the one that can never be missing in his presentations. With its festive interpretation of a supposed madness that is nothing more than everyday life and adaptation, this is the self-satisfied face of a city that does not play much of a game with the saying that twenty years is nothing.

To a crazy woman like you / Candyman & Joanis Star

Being a "madman" can be as vindicating as its author or protagonist chooses. In any scenario, the key point for Candyman and Joanis Star is to share this madness. "A crazy woman like you, needs a crazy man like me", they sing and, beyond a certain simplicity of the chorus and its distance from sanity, they leave us a song that by 2011 -the year of its premiere- brings touches to reggaeton with a Cubanized aesthetic and that lasts with common features, a decade later, until today.

Every fool with his own theme / Machito & His Afrocubans

If you like rumba and your friend likes plena, that's fine, each crazy with his own theme. This is exactly what Machito and his orchestra are trying to tell us. The song functions as a hymn to diversity and freedom. The key proposed by the orchestra, whatever the situation, is respect, and in this we agree.

The crazy man on the streetcar / William Vivanco

If to be sane is to live pretending that you have everything under control, to boast of a useless comfort, to assume without questioning; then it is preferable to be a madman. Already since his first album, I've got it all figured out (2002), William Vivanco sings about a fundamental issue for all times: the many preconceptions imposed by "civilized" society, which often lead to absurd prejudices. The Maroon knows that there is another way of living and bets on it. To stay away from hypocrisy, he leaves the ties "for others" and releases this reggae with a maddening aroma in the smoke.

What's up crazy / Issac Delgado

Who hasn't gone crazy for someone else? With rhythm and a tempo danceable, Isaac Delgado explores this thesis of how people change everything they are or do for a (possible, sometimes) love they pursue. With his distinctive voice, he advises the boy that this girl is not going to lead him down any good path, but whether he listens to her is another story.

That man is crazy / Fernando Rodríguez (author); Tanya (interpreter)

The song, written by one of Tanya's brothers, was included in 1988 on the album Latino of Monte de Espuma, a band created and directed by Mario Daly, of which she was one of the members. front singers. Although during the years of perestroika and the fall of the socialist camp, popular legend had it foisted on Fidel Castro, Tanya said in an interview that the inspiration for the song had been her parents' untimely divorce. She has also said that, although she was omitted from the credits, she participated in the arrangement together with Mario Daly and Eudaldo Antunes. What is certain is that a work like this and its appropriation from listening only confirms the polysemic and highly symbolic character of art in all times.

On the brink of madness / Gema and Pavel 

First it is Gema's sanity, which goes over a bridge; then Pavel discovers himself far from his own, naked on top of a cross while dreaming his fate. Both artists find themselves in this song "on the edge of madness", longing for a better time, wishing for someone, hallucinating a mouth with no possible salvation from God, because God is never there. And all this they sing - they jazze it - in less than three minutes, without giving one time to wonder if they were at least sane when they released this track on the album Trampas del tiempo (NubeNegra), back in 1995.

Sex Crazy / La Onda Record

Among the many follies that Cubans have suffered and that have been popularized by dance music is the "sexual madness"; one that already by 2012 the members of Onda Record were experiencing. That band, devoid of logistics and too much musical apparatus, made it clear in their song that they had no car or motorcycle, and that they were not the ones in the picture; the only thing they had then was a sexual madness. Thus, this kind of lack of sanity is the thread that leads the whole theme and gives name to the only one of their albums.

The madman / Antonio Machín  

A heartfelt bolero that defends the madness of those who love with passion and whose desire burns within them for not being reciprocated. Antonio Machín, with his incomparable voice, presents us with this story as universal as love itself, of the madman who feels no shame in seeking affection in a person who does not reciprocate. In each verse, Machín draws the portrait of a desperate man, who wanders through the nights sharing his pain with the moon and embracing trees as if they were the only consolation for his tormented soul. The passion he describes is so visceral that he turns the nocturnal landscape into a silent witness of his suffering, making darkness and loneliness his permanent companions in his search for relief.

Madness of love / Polo Montañez

The remote possibility of giving each other one night in secret is the essence of the madness between two lovers. With the apparent naivety of a first-time lover, Polo Montañez once again finds a way to tell a timeless love story. Composed 20 years ago for the album MemoryThe song envelops you in the progression of the bongo rhythm that accelerates as the desire becomes more intense. Even so, there is no way to anticipate the force with which this montuno breaks that assures that, if it comes from passion, madness between two is good.

A madman with a motorcycle / Pupy y Los que Son Son

If everyone who is watching me, how I dress, what step I take, what I do, and makes me their cause, then I declare myself crazy and go for more. Between rationality and madness there may be the same path that links the classic gossip and his unwitting prey. The motorcycle? The motorcycle is the metaphor of this confrontation. Faced with this enduring national sport of chismenvidiaspeed is its best antidote. The gossip needs rest and calculation, and that can only be killed with speed. Crazy, with a motorcycle, and without papers. Today here, tomorrow there Do you see me? You don't see me.

Crazy for you / Buena Fe, Frank Delgado

As part of the joint album project between Buena Fe and Frank Delgado, titled Noble ExtremistsThis song stands out for its minimalism and intimacy. It speaks of someone who is willing to defy convention and break the boundaries of sanity in order to keep alive the love he or she feels for that other person. With each stanza, a new layer of this intentional lack of sanity is argued, exemplified in actions such as provoking the loved one in their debates to make sure they always have you in their thoughts. With a simple musical arrangement, it is a song that is sustained above all by the lyrics and the intimacy generated by the music that accompanies the text.

Crazy Joan / David Álvarez and Sleight of Hand

Juana was left to dress saints, or at least that is what David Álvarez tells us in a refrain that remains in the memory of many. The story narrates the disaffection between the protagonist and Juana, who supposedly goes crazy because she is single when she reaches maturity. Later it is discovered that Juana has several lovers and that she has done everything but dress saints; her luck and the protagonist's pain, ready to tell us the nonconformity of rejection in a guaracha with the so particular seal of Juego de manos.

Madness / Silvio Rodriguez 

Sometimes all you need is a guitar to sing of the infinite follies that exist and those that are yet to come. With a melody that is not less charming for its simplicity, Silvio Rodríguez -accompanied by the unmistakable voice of Pablo Milanés, which comes and goes with perfect subtlety- allows himself to name, as if it were not an impossible game, the most rapturous human delusions, the incurable ones, those that lead to the end, those that give life to hope... Little more could be said about a beautiful song like this one, which is in itself a good reason to create a playlist dedicated to madness.

*Listen to the playlist complete in Youtube and Spotify.

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