The sun had already fallen and on the other side of the computer screen appeared a Vera Mom: I just gave the to Azul. With a simpleness characteristic of the people who let their transparency, and that smile and warmth typical of the «Spinetta», began a relaxed talk, from between the house. Vera is the youngest of four siblings: Dante, Catarina and Valentino. Actress, writer, music. El arte es parte de su ADN, el lenguaje con el que aprendió a expresarse desde muy chica, y hoy lo define como lo «necesario para sobrellevar esto que es la vida». A few days ago she was a mom for the second time with her current partner and also a musician: Juan Saieg, singer of You Signemelo, and as a result of that relationship Blue was born.
Azul is the couple’s first child, but for Vera, this is her second experience: in 2014 Eloísa was born, the result of her relationship with Pedro Merlo. With a family entrenched during the coexistence and isolation by quarantine, Vera tells this experience with joyful emotion.How did you pass the pregnancy along with the quarantine until the arrival of Azul?
The pandemic came to me with the news of the pregnancy, I was working, filming. The beginning was very scary, having to be locked up for I don’t know how long. It was a situation of total uncertainty, but then it was mutating, let’s say it had many stages. In principle I was afraid and uncertain, and then boredom and acceptance of the situation, but then the whole last time was of great enjoyment. This allowed both John and me and Eloísa, my eldest daughter, to live this stage of pregnancy very close, enjoying everything that was going on and strengthening us as a family. Perhaps because of the maelstrom of life, you miss some things that are really fundamental, and perhaps one neglects those parts because he is living, working. That’s why now this allowed us a lot to enjoy the moment without the anxiety of what’s going on in the outside world. It was very positive for us and now at some point we say: while it’s chaos, and you start thinking about the people who are really having a hard time, beyond that, had their positive part.How’s Eloísa with the arrival of Azul?
Happy, happy, happy! In fact, I’m still surprised at how loving he is, how understanding, he takes care of him, he pampers him all the time, he’s making comments all the time on his little feet, he wants to have him upa, he planes with him and he thinks about everything he’s going to do, what he’d like to play and asks me how long to wait for that to happen. It’s very sweet, and for now he hasn’t shown that thing of strong jealousy. Yes it tells me to make plans only with me (laughs) and I think it’s natural and okay, because all the older brothers at some point are going to be a little jealous or they’re going to miss the exclusivity they had before.
How did the idea of the name «Blue» come about for the baby, how did they decide with John?
It was the only name we had thought of as a boy from the beginning, all of a sudden I figured it could be a nice name for a boy, why not? it’s a color that has no gender, it was one thing that appeared: «Blue» I said to John and he said yes, re!, we looked at each other and we agreed. Then we chatted with the families and it was divine. It’s been Blue since before we knew the sex, we were all pretty convinced he was male, how does John get along with fatherhood?
Excellent, he doesn’t look like a first-time father, at that level. Divine, warm, sweet, all very well, as if you already knew how to do things, very surely, with a lot of dedication, very nice.
Vera, when you talk about your family, you do it with tenderness and love in every word. It’s time to talk about her album and she gets even more excited, she settles her hair and begins the story of how this process that today has her premiere with an album that is the result of a personal process.What is Terso for you?
Terso is some kind of emotional lab, he’s got something from a trip. It has a common language that generates something homogeneous but also has many nuances, it goes on different sides. It is the opposite of something static, it is something that is in motion and that is taking you through different sensations. It is a genuine record that was made purely from the heart, from intuition, from the feeling of not thinking about the results, nor in the times. It was a search.
Terso Written by Vera Spinetta. Composed and produced by Vera Spinetta, @moreumoreu and @bursz Visual Concept by @guidoflichman and @martincarpaneto Mixed by @moreumoreu and @bursz Mastered by @danieloviemastering For Patricia, Luis, Eloísa, Azul and Juan. Infinite thanks: Spinetta Family, @_juan_mango_, Moretti Family, Bucello Family, Ivana Castagnetti, Bursztyn Family – Geiman, @julietakoop @rafhaellarcauyou @rochimaranesi @paulinadana.m @maurokaseiri @renatarowek @marcepascual @damiahoracio @doppel_gangs @camincolors @fran.ure @mericanale @nathypeluso @gal.go @sofiamalamute @anacarlotaok @juanmakogiso @guutty
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Is there anything about Hatching in Terso, the book of poems you published in February?
Hatching, it was just an hatching for me, so that title, is like a birth, a flourish that everything that was happening to me, with the book came to life for the outside. I was always very secretive and even afraid to show my things, from my writings to the subjects I’ve been doing in life. I showed nothing, never ever, to my partners or my family, but it was a super personal thing that I didn’t need from a viewer. I am an actress and in this I expose myself, but as for the personal level, I did not need it and it was really a fear of that simplicity or nudity to show and say, «This is who I am», to be able to show it and open it to the world. But it ends up being even harmful to keep so many things that it’s actually nice to share. It’s nice to share one’s creation, because if it’s genuine, it’s true and it comes out of your soul, and this is always going to have its super positive part. In this sense, I would say that the record is a bit a consequence of that hatching that was writing the book.
The fear of exposing myself always came more from the hand of self-demand, not so much as how they were going to receive it or how others would see me, but rather to feel that you do not meet your own expectations, which seems to me to be the worst of enemies. There’s what you’re not allowed to be, what it is, and don’t let yourself grow and evolve either. You are all the time projecting something that does not material according to your expectations and emotions, and more if you are a demanding person who comes from the field of art. It seems to me that to put that fear aside, is to accept, because for there to be an evolution, I need to accept myself in the present.
It’s what’s necessary, the music, the writing, the expression, that’s what I need to be able to cope with what life is. It’s the language I use, but on the question that I was raised like that. If you speak in that language at home, you’re going to speak in that language, that’s the natural thing to do. It’s personal liberation, the search for identity, that’s all, it’s the cute and difficult thing too.How was the gestation of this record?
It has two different processes. In principle when I met Guido Moretti and Pablo Damian Bursztyn, it was to find two people with who I felt very comfortable with on a personal level and it was something immediate, we managed the same energy. It was the first time I was with someone I wanted to work with. When I met them, I said, I want to make music with the two of them, not someone else. The proposal was, «I have a lot of themes, would you like to make a record with me?» was it from that place (laughs) and so we started some kind of sound lab. They are rude at all level, they handle technology very well, synthesizers and beats, which are all things that I do not know how to do. I compose with the guitar and the piano and that’s how far I got there. It was to combine the two parts, theirs and mine. We started about two years ago to put all this together, what’s more, all the first issues we did were discarded, because it was a process until we found an identity. It was long, but it seems to me that it gave good results, because we are convinced that all three of us found something in all that time and in that search. The disc can now be listened to on all digital platforms. On YouTube you can appreciate the album with animation and artificial intelligence, which completes the combo of this sensory journey through music and the senses.
Luis Alberto Spinetta, «El Flaco», is still present through his music, and in this quarantine he did much more when the Ministry of Culture made a call to awareness about the coronavirus with the singer’s request during a show in 1992. It was at the close of the «ExpreSida», the first International Exhibition of AIDS Prevention Campaigns, organized by the Urbe Foundation. Spinetta himself welcomed three friends to the stage, as he said that night: Gustavo Cerati, Fito Páez and Zeta Bosio.
«I tell you from the heart with all my experience, take care. Love yourself deeply, but with these rules, perhaps cursed. But that we and our sons must be respected for the dreadsome drama of AIDS,» the Skinny said before starting with the song «Continue living without your love.» I feel that my old man would have left messages through his music, through his words, or in his defenses towards the masters, or all that Qhe went through the artistic sense and social commitment, it’s like he resonates with you talking today. I have a link to that all the time, in the sense that I listen to his music and find answers to things that I’m spinning around and you say, ‘Of course, the guy had a connection to something very sacred.’ I feel that way, as a person who is constantly linked to what is going on,» Vera said of her father’s messages that remain more in force today than ever before.
«All the time I keep it in mind to my old man, the theme Ave annexed, is for him, also within other dedications, is dedicated to him. My old man is my super source of inspiration forever,» Vera says when talking about her dad. With a debut album, the arrival of Azul and the entrenchment of her family along with her other daughter Eloísa and her partner Juan Saieg, the singer defines at this point in her life as a «completely reborn».