Flamenco

Flamenco Andalusia AndaluciaAnd here I am once again to make up for my friends’ absence (not sure whether they’re even alive!). Today I’m going to continue the “around the world” journey Lourenço started (and which I later helped, even more than once) a couple of months ago . My destination will be Spain – more precisely, Andalusia, a Spanish region.

Andalusia is one of the most visited regions in the world, mainly for its water-warm beaches (Marbella, Torremolinos, Cádiz, Tarifa and many other), and to some extent for its ski  resort Sierra Nevada. But Andalusia is more than that! It’s a region of culture mixes – they were Iberian region with more Moorish influence (it was where they settled the longest) and most probably with the highest percentage of Romani people one – but at the same time a mirror of traditional Spanish culture (for example, with the bullfighting.

It was the Romani influence that was in the origin of the style that I’m going to talk about (yeah, after 19283 words I finally get to the point!) – the Flamenco. Well, actually I’m only referring Flamenco, as I know close to nothing about it. But the little I know is totally worth sharing, and hence my post 🙂

As a guitar player, I easily got to know Paco de Lucía, not only the best Flamenco guitar player, but also one of the best guitar players of the world! As so, I think everyone should listen to him at least once in a lifetime. If you do not know him, be prepared to be amazed – his technique is impressive and his style is quite unique. I’ll share with you today his most known (and my favourite) song, Entre dos Aguas, and part of his interpretation of Concierto de Aranjuez, a classical masterpiece. Enjoy! 😉

Here you have the studio version.

And to finalize things in a softer way, here you have the beautiful Adagio part of Paco de Lucía Concierto de Aranjuez.

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Bring all the Lovin’!

Bring a Little Lovin'Los Bravos. Do you recognize the name? Well, if you don’t, they were another (almost) one-hit band (at least outside Spain).
I dare to say that most people from the Western World (here is an example) know the song Black is Black – if you clicked the previous link you should already be expecting this song 😛 But I also dare to say that most people know only Black is Black.

Well, I somehow am not one of those persons: some years ago I decided to listen to some Los Bravos songs, and it was actually a good decision – I like some of their songs. One of them is Bring a Little Lovin’ (a cover, by the way), one of the few Los Bravos songs besides Black is Black that charted in the US (#51).

Well, but all this to tell you that I was sitting on my couch watching tv when suddenly Bring a Little Lovin’ started playing in the introduction of a movie – A Beginner’s Guide to Endings. It surprised me a lot, as I thought I was the only person knowing the song 😛 and it was of course enough to make me watch the whole movie – which, by the way, I do not recommend.

But I do recommend the song, especially if you are in a good mood or if you want to be in a good one 😉

PS – I dedicate the post to Alfonso, for singing “Los Chicos con Las Chicas” with me several times 😉