El escribidor de canciones
What I have learned from Manuel, above many things, is that there is good music and music … from each other; there are songs that leave their mark and songs that don’t.
It may seem difficult to understand that our paths came together. It is said that the opposite poles attract each other, but the truth is that it united us much more than could be thought a priori; not only the same sensitivity, but also a certain predilection for «bohème», for that nostalgia for French music of the 60s and 70s, with which I grew up and which so permeated Manuel Alejandro’s songs. That way of feeling the music, regardless of the style of each one, ended in a fruitful and very pleasant collaboration.
Greatness but at the same time humility is what best defines him. The respect and even the admiration he professed for us, was sometimes blushing since we were just a couple of music lovers, almost unknown, just trying to break through. I still remember the joy with which Manuel listened to our version of his own arrangements, sometimes crushed without contemplation. He loved it when, as he said, Manuel Alejandro no longer sounded.
Our conversations at 2 AM will last in my memory.
These years of close collaboration illuminated the album COMPLICES by Luis Miguel in addition to some songs from previous albums, also the project by María Cabalga, in which Manuel gave his whole heart despite the fact that they were already bad times for so much feeling.