Using music to cope

A roadside interview with Puerto Rican musicians

East of Rincón, Puerto Rico, Angel Flores and Juan Correa sit by the side of the road hoping to sell some instruments. They pass the time playing traditional Puerto Rican music and cracking jokes with each other.

(Italicized speech is in Spanish.)

(Guitar music playing)

Flores: The song. Let's go.

Flores: This is a Puerto Rican music. The culture, and the culture, and the culture, Puerto Rican music, this is a --

Correa: I'm not a musician. You know, I do it for entertain myself. Juan, my name is Juan. Juan, like John. Correa -- C-O-double R-E-A. Oh, he sings, too.

Flores: I make a CD. This is me. Angel Flores. Angel Flores, you know. Singer/songwriter. I wrote and a singer, I wrote everything --

Correa: See, he makes records, too, you know.

Flores: After Maria? Did your home get damaged?

Correa: Oh, yeah, the top flew away. I have a little garage, it flew away the top. Everything. To the house, nothing. My house is from cement. The most damage is for those with wood houses, you know? The most damage. Sometimes they destroy completely. It was very bad. See, it's still, the electricity is not working in some places. Some places work, some don't. See the phone? No communication. Yeah. It has been very bad. But we got to try to survive, you know? I'm 81 years old and looking for girlfriend.

(Guitar music playing)