The world lost a talented actor last September when Harry Dean Stanton passed away. He was 91 years old. What many people do not realize is that Stanton was also an accomplished musician and many of his movie roles featured his singing. He also toured with the “Harry Dean Stanton Band” featuring a unique take on mariachi music.
His last role was in the movie “Lucky” in which he played a character much like…Harry Dean Stanton in real life. Unfortunately he was not able to live long enough to make it to the premier of the film.
In the movie there is a touching scene at a children’s birthday party in which he breaks out in music and, for those of you who can find a good interpretation of the song “Volver, Volver” you will immediately understand its significance to a 91 year old man who knows he is nearing the end of his life. It really speaks to all of us who have garnered life experiences, and anticipates what the young faces at the party will experience on their own:
“Yo sé perder, yo sé perder;
Quiero volver, volver, volver.”
Here’s to the memory of Harry Dean Stanton…”you are nothing.”