I recently received an e-mail from my Aunt Betty in which I learned of a favorite song of my mother, Perel Pola Pearl Lerman Hansen, may she rest in peace. Of course, I had to learn more about the song, so internet researching I went.
Originally written in Spanish by composer Joseph LaCalle, the song Amapola was translated into the English language with the English lyrics written by Albert Gamsee. In that my mother lived for seven years in Ciudad de La Habana and began her schooling there, I am fairly sure she enjoyed both the Spanish and English versions of the song.
You know? I cannot help but notice the similarity in the name of the song and my mother’s name that she obtained while living in Cuba.