I recently returned from Havana and a screening of "Disconnect" at the 35th Festival of Latin American Cinema.
It was a fascinating trip, as I was able to meet and talk with local and international filmmakers and producers, as well as talk to the audience after the screening.
In a country where most of the population has limited access to the internet, this cautionary tale about the effect of technology on human communication and interaction was both eye-opening and provocative, and lead to some good conversations.
I took the opportunity of a walk around old Havana to search out some old Cuban sheet music and scored when one vendor dug into his cardboard box and came out with some fragile and frayed and water-stained old paper with the lost beautiful notes of Ernesto Lecuona, Emilio Diaz, Nita Almansa and others.
For the musicians out there, and for others who just appreciate the vintage design of these rare papers, I wanted to share them with you here:
This last song was autographed by the great Cuban singer, bandleader and composer Miguelito Valdes. My wife loosely translated the inscription as "As I promised, I am sending this song and wishing you great success and much more to come. This won't be the only one!"