I lived in Venezuela from 94′ – 96′ and the Maracaibo sun burned a deep love of the place and the people right in to my soul.
I’m still regularly in touch with many people there, so it’s been absolutely heart breaking to watch the country implode and know so many people suffering.
Because he is my twin, it feels like Joe was able to suck memories and motifs right out of my brain even though he’s never been to Venezuela, and he wrote a song about the place that moved me to tears.
Your foot really will sink in to the asphalt in the maracaibo heat, and the enormous lake Maracaibo hosts a never ending lighting storm called catatumbo, which is a fitting metaphor…
Crossing the street leaves tar on your feet Not even the pavement can handle this heat It's a push and a shove for the ones that you love But the stores are all empty again If you don't want to break, you're gonna have to bend There's a lightning storm that never ends You can't say what makes you stay With the border less than an hour away It bulges at the seams with all your hopes and dreams But you can't bring yourself to leave So if you don't want to break, your'e gonna have to bend There's a lightning storm that never ends, it never ends If you don't want to break, you're gonna have to bend Because this lightning storm never ends, it never ends, will never end
(Joe wrote and played the song, and his preternaturally gifted daughter sang it. )