Music That Makes My Heart Hurt | Zacarias Ferreira

I love love love Bachata. It’s one of my most favorite genres of music. It’s beat is electric, I almost always can not sit still when it comes on. Some songs pull at me more than others.

“Siento Que Te Quiero” by Zacarias Ferreira is one of those.

To be honest, I don’t know spanish, so I’m not certain what it is that he’s saying. When the chorus hits however, the emotion he conveys goes right to my core. That paired with the beat he chooses for the moment makes magic for me.

Enjoy, and get movin!!

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Musica! “Hey Ho” by Lennon and Maisy Stella

I got hooked on the show Nashville last fall when it premiered. I was on a road trip with my mom, and that night in the hotel she insisted on watching. It’s a really good show, IMO. There are two sisters on the show, the daughter of one of the main characters. During last weeks episode the story line had the sisters singing and playing guitar for the first time. I was blown away. I love the song “Hey Ho” by The Lumineers, and I’m not typically a fan of covers, but these girls have some serious talent. Turns out that they’re sisters in real life who perform together, Lennon & Maisy.  I found a video of them performing one of their original songs on Ryan Seacrest’s website. I think these girls are making a name for themselves. Enjoy!

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Music That Makes My Heart Hurt | Mana

If I’m not mistaken this song is originally by Juan Gabriel. While I enjoy some of his music, this version of Hasta Que Te Conoci by Mana is so striking. I feel it to my core. I also love when musicians switch up the rhythm, so towards the end when it moves to Cha Cha it pulls me farther into it’s notes.

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Enjoy your greens today!!

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Musica! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (again)

I get to see them perform this summer in Milwaukee. Happy? No. Excited? No. Bursting out my skin with joy? Yep!

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Music That Makes My Heart Hurt | Trampled By Turtles

I heard this song on my Mumford & Son’s Pandora station, and OH! “And I love you, little darlin.” This part makes time stand still for a moment, and that’s why I have to share it with you as part of my “Music that makes my heart hurt.”

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Cuba Tugs at my Heartstrings

Today I watched a documentary on the Buena Vista Social Club. I’ve known their music for many many years, so when I was browsing for  movie to watch and it popped up, I was set! If you haven’t heard of them, you’re missing out, truly. By happenstance this group came together, comprised of some of Cuba’s forgotten legends, and ahhhhh. If you have Hulu, the documentary can be watched there.

Watching and listening got me thinking about my interest in Cuba. It started in college as I became familiar with Salsa, then a guy in one of my classes did his final project on the differences between America and Cuba.

His parents had been many times illegally, and took him with. He talked about the people, and how it hadn’t been Americanized with McDonalds and Burger Kings and Hiltons etc. This intrigued me.

I know there are deep emotions for some when it comes to Cuba, but my interest lies in learning the people, the culture. Hearing the music, feeling the rhythm of the land.

Some day I will make it to Cuba. I don’t know how, as I’m a bit of a chicken shit to try and do it illegally, but I fear if I wait until the United States has lifted it’s sanctions that Cuba as it is will start to disappear, be over run by us, as we tend to do.

It’s something that sits there though, in the background. Times like today it’s brought to the forefront, reminding me that it hasn’t left, and I need to make it happen.

I’ll leave you with this song, that from the first beat, clutches my heart, and won’t let go.

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Have you ever been to Cuba? Is there a place like this for you?

52 words.

I can’t bring myself to sit down and actually write a post. Except this. I could get myself to write this.

I entered an essay contest last month, and was a finalist. I didn’t win, there were many great entries. If you’re interested, you can read my essay here

Until next time….