I'll be honest. In the beginning, I wasn't a huge fan of flamenco singing.

It wasn't that I didn't like it.

It intrigued me that's for sure. But I didn't feel inclined to sit around and listen to it a whole bunch.

It didn't take long before that changed.

I guess it happened early on during my time in Sevilla, on that first flamenco trip.

And actually, while I was initially drawn to the baile, the cante played a huge roll in getting me hooked on flamenco ... and keeping me in it.

Just like the compás.

And now,

Well, you know how it is now.

Which brings me to the letra:


No puedo yo entender
que a tí no te gusta el vino
ni los cantes de Jerez

I can't understand
how you don't like the wine
or the singing of Jerez

I assume it's a popular verse, but I don't know for sure. I heard El Londro singing here.

(If you want to see one more, this is always one of my favorites, Mercedes dancing to El Londro's singing in ropa de calle.)

And speaking of Jerez,

I'd love for you to join me there in October. We'll have many opportunities to experience the cante. And the vino de Jerez, the sherry, too.

ropa de calle - street clothes/daywear

You and cante?

How did you get hooked on flamenco singing? Or perhaps you're not there yet? Or did you love it from the get go? Let me know in the comments.

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