The living memory of Pau Dones

The living memory of Pau Dones

On Sunday night Pau Donés returned to Spanish homes in the form of a documentary. It's about That You Give Me , the last interview that the leader of Jarabe de Palo recorded just two weeks before his death, on June 9 at the age of 53 , due to colon cancer he had suffered since 2015. The The film, directed by Jordi Évole and Ramon Lara, was presented last August at the Malaga Festival and, after several months on the big screen, on Sunday night it was broadcast for the first time on television, on La Sexta, causing a trail of Reactions on social networks for the singer's "life lesson". Both known and anonymous faces applauded the interview where Donés speaks of death from courage and generosity, as highlighted by some, and thanks all those who made possible "the privilege of life" that the musician had. "I want to laugh, to cry and, above all, to live," he says he felt in the last days before his death.

The appointment took place in the shelter that the vocalist of Jarabe de Palo built to his liking in the Catalan Pyrenees, in the Arán Valley, which it put up for sale two years ago for 2.3 million euros. According to the Engel & Völkers real estate page , the house has not yet been sold and since the musician's death there has been no change in the conditions of sale. The main residence is 341 square meters and the open layout is its identity. The exposed stone of the walls and the wood of the beams give shape to a house with a gable roof surrounded by a natural environment of forests and mountains. Its interior houses a living room, kitchen and a dining room with glass walls that offer privileged views of the mountains. Several rooms in the house have a fireplace. It also has seven bedrooms and six bathrooms . The 6,000-square-meter garden has a peculiarity: there is a little house made out of a tree. The gym and sauna area total 256 square meters, which includes a professional recording studio from which many of Jarabe de Palo's latest greatest hits came out.

Pau Donés settled there after almost a year in California , where he went to early 2019 with the guitar, the surfboard and his daughter Sara. "I could not enjoy his childhood and I do not want to miss his adolescence," he told this newspaper in an interview at the end of 2018 . In California, Donés dedicated himself to enjoying his daughter, learning to dance with her and began to compose what would be his last album, a self-titled documentary album.

A worsening of his illness made the interpreter of great hits such as La flaca , It depends and Bonito return to their refuge in the Aran Valley and face their last months of life with their brothers, their daughter and the mother of their daughter. “I am angry with cancer because I do not want to leave, now it is not good for me to leave. I'd rather live a little longer, really, but that's what it is and I'm fine with myself, in peace and quiet, ”Donés tells Évole in the interview. The relationship between the musician and the journalist arose more than 20 years ago, when Jordi Évole began to stand out on television as El follonero, the character who made him known thanks to the programs Una altra cosa and Buenafuente , both presented by Andreu Buenafuente. One of his most remembered interventions was the interruption he made during a live interview with Jarabe de Palo, in 2002. El Follonero blamed Pau Donés who always did the same thing, that all his songs sounded the same and that he said it for his own good. From that comic episode a great friendship emerged and when the musician had less than three weeks to live he did not hesitate to call Évole to ask him to do his last interview.

Days later, the journalist appeared in the Aran Valley with his team and a short script. Curiously, the first question of that talk was not asked by him, but by the leader of Jarabe de Palo . "Are you scared?" He asks with a husky voice, a probe in his nose and eyes that shine with happiness. “It's better, this is how I look now that I'm sick with cancer. Seeing someone who is going to die gives a bit of respect, but you have to normalize it, "he says about his deteriorated physical appearance.

Despite his illness, Pau Donés does not erase his smile at any point in the interview, and he is whole and calm with each of his words. “I don't live in fear because that is terrible. Fear cuts your freedom to be yourself and I am not very afraid. From the moment you accept that death is something that goes with you and that it is not something that is bad, but that it is something that is part of life, I think you are freer and you live much calmer, "he admits without hesitation. He speaks with knowledge of the facts because, when he was a teenager, his mother committed suicide. He himself told it in his biography 50 sticks … and I keep dreaming and he remembers it in his talk with Évole, where he explains that depression was the reason why his mother ended his life and, since then, he had to take charge of his brothers because his father worked. Asked by Évole if he considered committing suicide at some point during his illness, Donés is blunt: “Me, no. Yo, vida. ”

Fame came to the musician somewhat late, since he was 30 years old when his song La Flaca catapulted him to success. Throughout the conversation, Donés only has words of gratitude to all those who made it possible for his life as a musician to have been "a real privilege". “In general, I think I did things well, with good intention. I have had a great time in life because I really liked what I have done and I have tried to enjoy it a lot. I think I have succeeded ”, he admits, ensuring that he can leave“ in peace ”. A redemption that he achieved a year and a half before this recording, when he made up with his daughter that time that they lacked and for which he assumes all the blame. “My daughter has taught me to love and to show how to love. He has taught me to say 'I love you' and to say it with my heart and looking into your eyes ”, he acknowledges in the documentary.

Although off camera, she is with him all the time. It has been the one who has dressed him for the occasion and the one who has not moved from his side in recent years. Despite the fact that her father had his name tattooed on the knuckles of his left hand, Sara Donés, now 17, has always preferred to remain in a discreet background. There are no known profiles on social networks and he only granted his father the wish to participate in the video clip of his last song, That You Give Me , in which he appears dancing with a small black mask on his face . Although at first it was thought that father and daughter would dance together, Pau Donés' advanced state of health prevented him from moving from the chair throughout the video clip. You can also hear him laugh at one point in his talk with Jordi Évole when Pau Donés talks about how he would have liked to live longer to meet his grandchildren. “I would like to live another year… well, fifteen or twenty more years, up to 70 years would be fine. I would like to be able to meet my grandchildren ”, says the musician as he looks askance at his daughter, who, although out of the blue, continues and will always remain by his side. Just as Pau Donés will always remain in everyone's memory (and songbooks)

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