Being God, If Even Just For a Moment

Jaguares sing to the multitudes at the Long Beach Arena

By Valeria Berumen
Published on LatinoLA: November 30, 2003

Being God, If Even Just For a Moment

After seeing Jaguares perform at the Long Beach Arena last night I am convinced that Saul Hernandez is a God.

The man is God every time he steps on the stage because we adore him. The great thing about Saul Hernandez is that during his nearly twenty years of performing he has not lost his sense of humanity. I can say this because I am one of the few people that have seen him during his first performance in Los Angeles performing with Caifanes, and now I have seen his last performance with Jaguares.

The show is still the same although not gimmicky. Entwined in his music there is always a very profound human message and a call to action. During this performance he asked that we remember the women of Juarez, and that we pray that the violence against these women come to an end. He blamed Mexican politicians for doing nothing against such a human catastrophe.

I just yelled out ?Accion, Mi Rey!? and then he sang ?Imaginame.?

Maybe because of philosophy, literature, the Hollywood influence (Jesus Christ Superstar Syndrome), and because I have been forced to look at things from an abstract perspective, I could not help but to think to myself, ?Why does he care?? and then ?Becuase he is God.?

He is there to create a social conscience in his audience, to lead, and to show the way.

However, his greatness comes through in a very simple manner. He?s still in touch with the people, he jokes around making comments like ?Hora si no me la acabo? and he even grabbed a girl out of the audience to dance with him during the cumbia version of ?Como Tu.?

And while La Sonora Santanera performed, he stood on the side of the stage and looked at them like we looked at him. He was in ?Ah? and he was happy, and rightfully so, they jammed.

Well, if anyone should find the porthole to ?Being Saul Hernandez? please let me know, because I would like to know what it feels like to be God, if even just for a moment.

About Valeria Berumen:
Una loca, safada, just lost in time.

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