Meanwhile, over in new music, we're featuring Shaila Dúrcal's wistful song, Vuélvete la luna. This opening line is setting up conditions to contrast what comes later in the song:
Aunque estas lágrimas me digan lo contrario...
Although these tears may tell me otherwise...
Caption 1, Shaila Dúrcal - Vuélvete la lunaPlay Caption
Aunque, a combination of the words aun and que, is a common conjuction meaning "although" or "even though." (Do you remember we discussed that "aun" means "even"?) After a couple lines that begin this way, she switches to another contrast:
A pesar de todo lo que estoy pasando a diario...
Despite everything I'm going through on a daily basis...
Caption 5, Shaila Dúrcal - Vuélvete la lunaPlay Caption
The phrase a pesar de means "despite" or "in spite of." Does that surprise you? Perhaps you're thrown because pesar can mean "to weigh." Well, note that pesar is not only a verb but also a noun that means "regret." But we can't get too mired in the word-by-word translation here because a pesar de is an idiomatic phrase that defies a literal, word-by-word translation. Kind of like "in spite of," come to think of it.
"Habemus" toma, a pesar de nuestro tour.
"Habemus" [We have] the shot, in spite of our tour.Play Caption
A pesar de ser tan trabajador, no logró el ascenso que quería.
In spite of being such a hardworking man, he couldn't get the promotion he wanted.
Entonces sí lo pasaban. -A pesar de ya estar familiarizado con la represión.
Then they did show it. -Despite being familiarized already with the repression.
Caption 86, Arturo Vega - Entrevista - Part 1Play Caption
No fue a la reunión a pesar de que le habían dicho que era muy importante.
He didn´t attend the meeting despite being told it was very important.
A pesar de todo, todavía te quiero.
In spite of all, I still love you.