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Ely Palomares Feels Your Pain

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It is a difficult time for all citizens in America, particularly for the Latinx population who seems to be caught in the political crosshairs of this administration’s agenda. I find solace in the support of my community and in artists like Ely who hold space for raw emotions. She even made a deeply heartfelt song to help us cope and heal.

Ely Palomares is a first-generation Mexican-American living in Los Angeles and is fortunate to have and pursue two passions.

“I have a skincare studio where I get to heal people’s skin and I am completely committed to my craft. I have been an aesthetician for 10 years and I absolutely love having the opportunity to work with people on a very personal level. I do believe all aestheticians are healers and that is what I am. I heal through my facial treatments and I heal through my music.”  

Most artists are most challenged by the writing aspect but for Ely it’s innate, a gift passed down from her father.

“Writing has always come naturally to me. When I write I always think in songs, the melody is already in my head as I write the lyrics. This is a gift that I inherited from my father. He was a musician in Mexico before he came to the United States. I write when I am deeply moved by my own feelings, those of my family and friends, and of strangers. When I write, I come alive. There are no limits, no filters, my pen is my microphone, my pen is an extension of my soul. “

Speaking to Ely about her process inspired me tremendously and her message could not be more timely. Music therapy has proven benefits and a powerfully unifying effect.

“Writing songs, poetry is a form of therapy for me. It allows emotions to flow through me and onto my blank canvas. This therapy is especially good for moments when I am feeling sad or in despair. “MISERABLE” is a song that I wrote after reading an article that moved me tremendously. I don’t want to share the details of the article because I want people that relate to my song to interpret it any way they want to. This song belongs to them now. It’s a sad song of grief and loss which I think is something that all humans experience at some point in their lives. I wrote this so that people don’t feel alone in their pain. So that they know that I too (and many others) have felt that depth of sadness.”

Thank you for this and so many contributions to our community, Ely. Catch her video for “MISERABLE” below.

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Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media influencer who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, POPSUGAR, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for STYLECASTER. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras. She is now based in New York City.

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