La Santa Cecilia-Ice El Hielo

    By Yna Lima

    If you were asked to imagine ice running loose on the streets. It’s not nightmare-inducing if you are imagining ice, water and frozen solid. However, imagery invoked by La Santa Cecilia in their song Ice El Hielo, despite its name, is one that is a topic of anxiety for many families of immigrants and immigrants. The song is introduced with the voice of a child that makes the connection between ICE, “water frozen solid” and “ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement” and finally “Hielo ”, the spanish word for ice. 

    The chorus sings, “uno se queda aquí/otro se queda alla/ todo por salir a trabajar” meaning one remains here/ the other stays there/all for going to work. A slow melody and dancing beat of the drums contrasts the anxiety and stress filled lives that people experience while doing everyday activity like going to work or school. The song highlights the hard-work, often overqualification and constant anxiety that immigrants and their families live in when trying to make a living without proper paperwork in the U.S. The song is an important one that demonstrates the melancholy and still hopeful reasons for immigrating. 

    The song highlights the hard-work, often overqualification and constant anxiety that immigrants and their families live in when trying to make a living without proper paperwork in the U.S.

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