Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Maybe you missed this latest release from Santa Cecilia. The video of their cover of "Strawberry Fields Forever," is a beautiful take on that Beatles' classic.
In an interview with the GRAMMY Museum, lead singer Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernández spoke about the connection between the Beatles classic and the plight of modern migrant workers. "One day, we started leaving L.A to play in Bakersfield, and we saw the fruit fields. The strawberry fields. Listening to the song on my iPod, I thought, man, it connected. Seeing all these migrant workers, working for hours in the strawberry fields forever."
"It's a trip that a song that was made by these four Brits turned into something that I feel connected to with migrant workers and the beauty of their work," she continued. "I guess it's a way for us to acknowledge their work, and for people to kind of remember where all our amazing fruit comes from. It's so easy to just grab at grocery stores, but it comes from somewhere else. I always think it's nice to acknowledge the people behind-the-scenes."
La Santa Cecilia made a name for themselves as Latino musicians and activists. Last year, the band released "El Hielo" (The ICE), a song which highlighted the daily struggles of undocumented immigrants in America. The riveting piece earned them a Grammy Award, which they dedicated to "the more than 11 million undocumented people that live and work really hard in this country, and that still need to lead a more dignified life."