Vocalist and guitarist of the band “La M.O.D.A.” or “La Maravillosa Orquesta Del Alcohol” (The Wonderful Orchestra of Alcohol), David Ruiz is a young poet of only 28 years old. He was born in Burgos and, from his words, he has always love writing. He spent a year in Dublin when he was studying that opened his mind in the music world. When he returned to Spain, he founded a band with some of his friends and since then, they have been more and more famous in the national framework. He is the writer of almost every song in the two albums that they have released until now, “¿Quién nos va a salvar?” and “La primavera del invierno”. Those songs and more poems are registered in the book that David has written, “Nubes Negras”, of which we are going to talk about in this post.
As we said before, David Ruiz is mainly a composer. For this reason, we could think that he can’t make very abstract song, because he risks of losing audience. However, he has been faithful to his normal writing, which has attracted listeners instead of repelling them. So yeah, he has a very abstract style, mixing figures that apparently make no sense together but that become quite harmonious. By his writing, he allows us to enter in his form of viewing the world and experiment the feelings that he gets from the situations he describes. He writes poems of melancholy, social criticism and courage. He also maintains that the world needs more love, but he presents the reality as it is, he is not going to hide something, even if it is not pleasant to watch. Here it is one of my favourite songs of the band:
No tengo fuerzas, para rendirme.
No tengo tiempo, para esperar.
No sé si habrá, algún camino.
O si algún día, podré llegar.
Gritar sin voz, por las calles vacías,
mientras quede una nota por tocar.
Las nubes negras, siempre me guían.
A un lugar al que llamar hogar.
He perdido con dos ases,
he soñado con volver.
El silencio no lo llenan,
Voy a coger el 6 con destino a mi destino.
Voy a olvidar lo que he aprendido.
En cada kilómetro.
En cada latido.
I decided to talk about this young poet because he is from my hometown, but also because I love his songs, and what is a song if not a signed poem? He is not the best poet in history, but the way he writes is so personal and deep that you can live the reality that he is describing in an incredible vivid way, don’t you think so?
Here I let you some material that could interest you:
A podcast of an interview in the radio that they did to him when he released the book (I’m sorry but it is in Spanish).
A video of David Ruiz reading his poem “Caballos salvajes”
The poem that I’ve put before, but singed by the band LA M.O.D.A., so singed by David Ruiz himself.