Wilfrido Vargas: “I cry for situations that do not demand tears”

The successful Dominican musical producer and conductor was interviewed on CNN in Spanish, by the journalist Camilo Egaña.

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A revealing, sincere and full of complicity dialogue was what the CNN in Spanish audience followed last Wednesday March 20 by night between Wilfrido Vargas and Cuban journalist Camilo Egaña.

The successful Dominican music producer and orchestra director confessed in the program “Camilo on CNN” that he cries for situations that do not demand tears, as when he sees a gesture of solidarity that fills him with emotion and gave as an example the humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people. “The fact of seeing planes loaded with aid for Venezuela, that feeling of solidarity is contradictory, because it should give me gratification, it’s one of the things that makes me cry,” said the successful musician from Puerto Plata.

Although the main reason for the interview with Vargas is the launch of the autobiographical book “Me volviste loco Wilfrido” by the singer of “El loco y la Luna”, themes about his musical and personal history were broached.

About depression the award-winning artist said that although his moods change, we will not find a man more “happy” than him. “I love people, I love to enjoy. If you go to the psychiatrist to tell him what you feel when you are depressed, he begins to make a list and spends 10 days filling it, because the depression is so cynical that it is not defined”, he responded to Egaña.

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“About resilience, they said that it is understandable that a child who grew up in a drug addicted environment is a drug addict, but the story is beautiful when the same child said “I’m not going to fall on that hook, what I’m doing is the opposite, I will study and win the Nobel Prize for Literature”.

Wilfrido dealt with the word resilience as a mechanism that drives to conquer goals. “Resilience makes your sufferings so strong, so hard, that you bounce and go to the other extreme and there will be success. If you manage to discover that, you win the prize, because you know the situation and see the problem from the point of view of the patient, not the doctor”, he said and explained that he does not reject therapies, on the contrary, they are obligatory, but the one who needs them has to cooperate and keep their notes.

About music he remembered that he was born in a home made up of a family of musicians, where his grandmother and his mother played guitars. “The notion of the harmony in my house belongs to the trio Los Panchos and other music of this kind. I played piano in one place, I played bass in another place and although I am a trumpeter, I saw the logic of the instrument that fell into my hands”.

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The king of fusion

Vargas narrated as an anecdote the impact that caused him when he heard for the first time “La bilirrubina” by Juan Luis Guerra, while he was driving with his daughter Alina Vargas.

“It turns out that I did not know how to make merengue, because I did not know how to make merengue and want to do it, another thing appeared that there were detractors and followers, but they were more able than the first ones, so Wilfrido Vargas positioned himself with that. But one day, I was driving with my daughter Alina and when I heard that I had to stop the car and I said: “Mommy, I was shot. It’s such a beautiful thing that I think we’re not going to survive”. That well-being knocked me down”.

Wilfrido Vargas revealed that immediately he surrounded himself with excellent Dominican musicians to create a song that a few days later was the super hit “El baile del perrito”.

“The fact that I did not have the intellectual muscles to respond to “La bilirubina” made me quickly invent a situation where I could respond. What I did, I took those singers that sound like Juan Luis, like Kiko Rizek, Frank Ceara and I grabbed a drummer of Dominican composers to make that nice song that alludes to two puppies in their mating eagerness, but soft, then “El baile del perrito” begins and it was even danced in middle east”.

By recalling the song “El Jardinero” and recognizing the Dominican musician as an innovator, Camilo asked himself: Why do they not say that Wilfrido Vargas, besides being the King of Merengue, is the King of fusion?”.