Benjamin Aleman

Compass Grass

El Salvador and Mexico found peace amidst colonization to give Benjamín Alemán life and light, among the other newborn cowboys and cowgirls of the Wild West.
Leaving California’s promise of gold and fame behind, Benjamín’s family saddled up and voyaged north to the rugged, untamed lands of the Pacific Northwest. It was here that Benjamin was nurtured, learning as much as he could from the “native” peoples of Oregon. Here he would study music, founding a style known as “Bog Rock”, while plucking strings beneath the glowing rocks of the sky and hospitable leaves of weeping willows.  The drippy, temperate rain forests and lush meadows of the Willamette Valley would give Benjamín the strength to explore the electricity of the cities and the stories of western civilization it told.

Benjamín’s quest for discovery would lead him to the University of Oregon where he studied Biology, Mathematics, and Physics, and soon after to the serpentine red hills of the Siskiyous, where he would meet a princess that he would later wed.  Among the patterns of concrete jungles, zooming machines, pounding hailstones, rushing rivers, and melodies brought by the breeze, Benjamín came to love and appreciate the beauty and elegance of nature in all her forms.  He now studies nature in the Physics department at the University of California at Berkeley, finding shelter once again in the hustle and bustle of the gold rush.