Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Bar Cuatro y Diez
Calle Antonia Lopez de Bello 0175
Every so often, by mistake or by design, I end up exactly where I need to be. Several streets away from the hustle and bustle of Calle Pio Nono in the Bellavista neighborhood of Santiago, I am in search of some music. As soon as I pass the Bar Cuatro y Diez on Antonia Lopez de Bello Street I know I found it.
Strains of an acoustic guitar, a haunting voice beckon. This living room-sized bar feels like a comforting waystation for a weary traveler - a perfect setting for the intimate music floating from the lone musician perched on a high stool in one corner.
The softly illuminated tangerine and ochre painted walls, candles on a handful of tables, the bar with four seats, and the soft music embrace me. "Sit down," they say, "This is where you want to be." I think that’s the idea of some of these songs, lovers saying to each other, “Stay, I’m who you’ve been searching for.”
VIDEO Gallo's original compositions
Koko Gallo, a Chilean guitarist, is singing gorgeous Argentine ballads, accompanying himself on an unplugged acoustic guitar. I’m not leaving. I have no idea what the Spanish words mean. I imagine themes of the softened edges of a heart in the first moments of love, full of promise, wistful notes of heartbreak of separation, good hearted wishes to a lover at a relationships end, and hope of another love to fill dreams and needs of someone yearning for connection. The world-weary tone of his voice tells me he's been there. (story finishes below)
You can bet on it.
Photos and Videos by Paul A.Tamburello, Jr.