Lindsay Pund (second row, third from left) is from San Jose, CA but a Northwesterner at heart. She is currently studying at the Costa Rica Center and developing a dangerous affinity for empanadas and plantains. If you’d like to hear more about her and her compañeros’ adventures in Costa Rica, check out her blog.
A few weeks ago, those of us at Whitworth’s Costa Rica Center took a short break from organized classes and headed north to Nicaragua. It was nine days full of bus rides, continual complain-worthy heat and humidity, large bugs, and rice and beans for every meal. It was also nine days full of bus ride music videos, mud facemasks, thought-provoking conversations, and nightly Love Does story time.
We had the opportunity to visit many sites over the course of the nine days, and enough was experienced in our short voyage to Nicaragua to last for a long time. One of the most significant parts of the experience for me personally was our time with Carlos Mejia Godoy (second row, third from right, in the top photo.) Our group had the opportunity to chat with him before his show.
Mejia Godoy is a Nicaraguan musician who became associated with the Sandinista movement fromm writing songs about the workers and revolutionaries. He is also is known for composing a Mass for the working class, the Misa Campesina Nicaragüense.
There were a few aspects of our talk with him that stood out to me. Being rather new to the Spanish language, I struggled throughout the week to understand the Nicaraguan accent. However, as we sat and listened to Mejia Godoy, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy he was to understand because of the way he enunciated everything he said.
Another moment that caught my attention was when the Nicaraguans in our group asked questions of Mejia Godoy. One guy was so delighted and excited to be speaking to Mejia Godoy that it looked like he was going to jump right up and hug him before finishing the question. In hindsight, I think the most impactful part of being with this artist was witnessing his passion for his country and for music. After we finished talking with Mejia Godoy, we took a picture, said our thank-yous, and headed out to the concert. As he performed, his passion for his country and his music filled the room, and by the end of the two hours I was a complete convert to his music.
As a directionless senior, I found the trip to Nicaragua, and specifically the Mejia Godoy concert, inspiring. It was a needed reminder of the importance of having a passion in life. I believe part of the reason Mejia Godoy and his music are staples to Nicaraguan culture is because he has passion for what he does and he infuses that passion into others when his music is played. If you ask me, I’d say that is a pretty cool legacy