One of the ways to recreate the life of 1958 Cuba as a writer is to listen to its music. Fortunately, YouTube is full of samples of the rich musical history of Cuba from that era. Sitting at a computer and pushing a few buttons that transport me in a virtual time machine back to the time of Batista’s Cuba. The first chapter of The Death of the White Rose occurs at the Havana Yacht Club, scene of many great musical evenings for the dancers who dined there. Also, the Nacional Hotel and Havana Riviera, other book locations were certainly home to many a big band.
Take a few minutes and listen and watch and you, too, can travel back 53 years. Here are a few clips. I hope you enjoy them: