Looming over steel strings that are strummed in a state of deep reflection, Jon Eduardo stands delicately on “Cielo Lleno de Estrellas.” Having grown up in Puerto Rico, and now based in Miami, Eduardo’s social injustice focus, musically, came after Mexico’s Missing 43. Each single crafted from Eduardo’s discography explores global pains, primarily within the Latin community.
“Cielo Llendo de Estrellas” is no different in its tone but mourns in its delivery. Dedicated to all lost at the border of Mexico, one the artist expresses “where not only dreams died, hopes and opportunities of having a better future too,” the four-minute composition is an unsettling eulogy that seeks beauty in keeping the stories alive.
The scene of a better life comes into full view within the first few lines. A disconnected string arrangement haunts and continues to wrap Eduardo and his strings. Coloring a scene that many have viewed, approaching the border after a long journey, a sense of hope is instilled briefly. And as quick as hope enters, it leaves by the meeting of a “Coyote” who wants more money: “I tell him I don’t have it / set in motion with the dust of the desert.”
The unfortunate and inevitable end comes quickly and mirrors the tightening of the classical instrumentation to Eduardo’s vivid lines. The transitional end of the track fades into an extended instrumental outro and finally offers a bittersweet relief (“Violent blow, I am ascending, I don’t feel pain / The sky full of stars I am one of them now”). Poetically written, “Cielo Llendo de Estrellas” not only tells a story but shows a hushed pain that never gets to speak its truth.