letras

Why The Sun Can’t Live With The Moon

The sun and the moon have been hanging out together in Portland today. I guess they’re getting along. (Above you can see the crescent moon I’ve been admiring in today’s blue sky.) Sol y Luna El sol le dijo a la luna vivir contigo no puedo porque cuando digo blanco tú siempre me dices negro Sun […]

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To All Cat Lovers & All Cat Haters

Cat lovers and cat haters (dislikers?), come one, come all. It’s a coletilla por bulerías that we sang with Oscar last month, and it has to do with kitty cats: Me araña me araña el gatito échalo pá trás He scratches me The cat scratches me Get him away (By the way, I myself am a cat lover.) […]

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If Your Dad Tells Your Mom | Viernes con una Letra

We wrap up Ida y Vuelta month with one more guajiras. Oscar was here last week, so I asked him to share a favorite guajiras for today. That letra is below followed by a video of Concha Jareño dancing por guajiras. LOVE this dance. Enjoy… Guajiras Popular Contigo me caso Indiana si se entera tu papá y se lo […]

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Vidalita | Viernes con una Letra

Oscar is in the other room preparing for tonight’s workshop… I’m hearing soleá and lots of pies which is making me want to do a letra por soleá, But it’s ida y vuelta month, so obviously that won’t be happening. Speaking of Oscar and cantes de ida y vulelta, his favorite cante is guajiras. But […]

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Rumba | Viernes con una Letra

I am hearing Ada singing right now. And Ellie doing palmas. I am seeing Margot dancing. This is all happening in my mind. And I am smiling. They are my nieces. Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve the four of us found moments of time here and there to prepare for our show. I guess it has become […]

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The Cold Air of January | Viernes con una Letra

The second letra in this month’s Ida y Vuelta series. A guajiras. Guajiras Aquella noche, caía la lluvia muy lentamente, cantaba triste la fuente su dulce monotonía. Un almendro florecía al aire frío de enero, y en la quietud del sendero, sobre la arena amarilla me ofreciste la mejilla para mis besos primeros. That night, it […]

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A Rose in a Rose Bush | Viernes con una Letra

You absolutely positively have to listen to this (the first song in the video below). I’m serious. It’s one of those, and I’m pretty much positive that it will make your life better the moment you press play. You could even just listen to the first twenty seconds though that will likely be impossible because I imagine once you get […]

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Nobody to Wash My Dirty Shirt | Viernes con una Letra

Will 2015 be the year to go to Spain? More on that below, but first a letra: Bulerías (popular verse) Qué dolor de mi mare tengo la camisa sucia no tengo quien me la lave The sorrow of my mother I have a dirty shirt I have nobody to wash it for me You can listen to it here. Stay tuned next week […]

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I Don’t Know What They Told You | Viernes con una Letra

It’s week two of bulerías shared by Zorri. Bulerías No sé lo que te han contao que hasta vuelve la cabeza cuando pasa por mi lao Popular I don’t know what they told you that has you turn your head, when you pass by my side Popular

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A Fountain of Gold – Tangos | Viernes con una Letra

The MGA (Mystery Guest Artist) supplied me with today’s letra. Una letra por tangos and a coletilla. Tangos Arribita arribita hay una fuente de oro donde lavan las mozuelas los pañuelos de los mozos Que no, que yo no tengo dinero que no que no, Cariño es lo que yo quiero Popular Up there there is […]

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