Video Review: Sade “Never As Good As The First Time”

Clothes whip in the air as they hang on the clothesline in the town of El Rocio in Andalusia, Spain. Sade rides her horse in the desert. Two 10-year-old boys use sticks as they fight a bull. A fiftysomething woman hangs clothes on the line. Two fiftysomething men play cards. A person pops a wheelie as they ride a motorcycle on the road.

Three boys play cards on the pavement. A dog yawns as it sits by a tractor. A man carries a bouqet of flowers to the church. Sade and her horse stop at the Santuario Nuestra Señora del Rocío. She continues to ride her horse.

Rating: 4/5

Sade visits the Santuario Nuestra Señora del Rocío, her hands folded in prayer. She admires the altar and bows her head. Around her people take pictures. She keeps her camera in pocket. The experience couldn’t be captured on camera. She continues with the tour.

She looks at a painting hanging in the gallery. It reminded her of her first trip to Spain. She buys it and hangs it in her hotel room. Being in Spain again was bittersweet. The person she wanted to share it with was no longer around. She thinks of the person as she rides her horse.

Sade reads a magazine as she sits in the airport. The church had provided her some relief. However, she had to get back home. It had been too soon to travel. The memories were hanging onto her, dragging her down. Maybe in another year, she’ll try again.

Director: N/A Year: 1986

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.