Music is such an unbelievably powerful tool at the disposal of mankind. Like so many other forms of medicine, music has this unique ability to give us the strength to persevere, the bravery to face our fears and the tenacity to put up a good fight for something we believe in, and there’s virtually no limit to what it can do for our lives as a result. Music transcends borders, languages and backgrounds, but never has it been as infectiously inspiring as when Jose Holguin and Luis Carlos Toro got together to produce their new single “Eres Mi Fuerza.”
Jose and Luis recorded “Eres Mi Fuerza” one afternoon while discussing their shared faith in Christ, and the magic that ensued when they decided to pick up their instruments and worship through the majesty of song is nothing short of breathtaking to witness. There’s an affectual vibrancy that guides the track along like the steady stream of a river, and the vocal dueling of Jose and Luis is thoroughly engaging from start to finish. It’s almost like their conversation carried over into the music and finishes all of the finer points in their dialogue using tones that words simply cannot quantify.
“Eres Mi Fuerza” reminds me of what it’s like to stare down at a city from the perched vantage point of a mountainside, and the humbling feeling that it yields. Despite our ambitions and self-righteous idea of being larger and more powerful than anything else in this universe, when you look upon the world from a higher elevation, you’re reminded just how small and insignificant we are in the grander scheme of things. Jose and Luis strike me as the kind of artists who wanted to impart that emotional experience to us; not to make us feel inferior to God, but to revive our awareness of his existence.
I really hope this isn’t the last time that these two musical masterminds collaborate. They play together so well, and you can tell that there’s a lot of connective, artistic trust between the two of them. It’s not uncommon to find kindred spirits in the realm of music, but to find a pair that is this simpatico with each other is really something to treasure. Their voices complement one another brilliantly, and the religious belief that both hold so dearly close has pushed them to give all of themselves over to this craft, with the subsequent product being beyond anything I could have expected.
Whether you’re into gospel music as a genre or not, “Eres Mi Fuerza” is nevertheless an incredibly poignant Latin ballad that celebrates all of the most endearing qualities of the style in a single divine track. I would challenge any pop fan to give this a spin and not walk away feeling a little more optimistic and fulfilled in their outlook on the world, as I personally have found Jose Holguin’s sensibilities to be endlessly contagious no matter how we’re exposed to them. This is some of his best work yet, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves solid pop music.