I spent the first 24 years of my life in Miami, the U.S.-born son of Cuban immigrants. Life was two cultures, all the time. The culture my parents and the hundreds of thousands of other Cubans exiles created in Miami and the American culture that was so cool and different and ours to us first generation kids. Life was bilingual, by default. Spanish and English. It was the norm until I moved away and realized it wasn't.
Nil Lara has always sounded like my Miami. Cuban, American. Spanish, English. Pinar del Río, Coral Gables. Congas, Alternative. Willy Chirino, The Grateful Dead. WQBA, WVUM. Unique, ours.