Who is Lola at the Copa?
Most people like listening to music from their past, oldies. I grew up in the 70s but not a fan of music from that decade recorded on vinyl or 8-track tapes. The other day, Barry Manilow’s song, “Copacabana” popped into my head and played over and over again. Yes, Lola at the Copa began to perform loud and clear. Buy why? At first, I thought it was a message from the Universe telling me to take a trip to Rio or Cuba (places I’ve always wanted to visit). The next thought, how to eject the torturous 8-track from my mind.
The only feasible remedy that came to mind was to create a piece of art around the song in the hopes it would bring relief; My “Lola” was the result.
About the Song
Manilow says that the song was written in just fifteen minutes. Something interesting I discovered was that the song was a rather downer. The music appears to be upbeat on the surface, however, the words are dark. They describe a woman, Lola, the showgirl, who went stark-raving made after her bartender boyfriend was shot and killed. Thirty years later, the showgirl remains insane. Barry won his first and only Grammy and the song was an international success.
Meet Lola, my interpretation of a stark-raving mad Rio showgirl.