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I Want to be Free | The Weekly Letra

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I Want to be Free | The Weekly Letra

I originally published this here within the letra, Moraito Como un Lirio by Antonio Sánchez Pecino.

Today I wanted to highlight this estribillo: 

Libre quiero ser 
Como el pájaro que canta,
Primita, al amanecer

I want to be free  
like the bird that sings,
at dawn

You can see it in the video that follows...

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Why I Started Dancing Flamenco ~ How Did You Get Into It?

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Why I Started Dancing Flamenco ~ How Did You Get Into It?

It's September, so let's do a little first day of school, getting-to-know-eachother activity. I'm actually not kidding about that. People have been inquiring about my 'flamenco journey' so below I tell you how it began for me. (Later, why not tell me how you became interested in flamenco?)

My Introduction to Flamenco

I was a junior in college. I was struggling through Spanish class.

The professor spoke only in español which basically left me feeling like a Charlie Brown character being mwoah mwoah mwoahed at for hours upon end.

Every day we would watch this educational novela, answer questions related to the day's episode, and then "discuss" it. I rarely knew what was going on.

As you may have gathered, I did not particularly enjoy the class. While I constantly felt confused, behind, and overwhelmed, I am full of gratitude for the experience,

Agradecimiento.

You see, had it not been for this class, I'm not sure I would be dancing flamenco today.

Here's what happened

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The Sky and the Land | Viernes con una Letra

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The Sky and the Land | Viernes con una Letra

Bulerías

A Letra from Otra Galaxia (Other Galaxy)
Antonio Humanes, José Monge Cruz (Camarón)

Yo me pregunto mil veces
mi paso por este mundo
y a quién le debo mis alegrías y mis penas
¿Será al cielo y a la tierra
o a los senderos ocultos de la esfera?

I ask myself a thousand times
my path in this world
and to whom do I owe my joys and my sorrows,
to the sky and the land
or to the hidden paths of the globe?

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Like water | Viernes con una Letra

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Like water | Viernes con una Letra

Last week we were remembering Paco de Lucía. Today let's remember Camarón with this video.

Chorus from Como el Agua by Pepe de Lucía

Como el agua clara
que baja del monte,
asi quiero verte 
de día y de noche

Like clear water
that flows from the hills,
I want to see you
day and night

You can listen to the original recording here.

And below is a live television performance. It's queued up to where the song begins, but if you speak Spanish you might enjoy the video that precedes it.

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Whoa | Viernes con una Letra

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Whoa | Viernes con una Letra

Below is the verse.

Followed by a video - possibly my favorite sevillanas ever - of Camarón singing it, with Tomatito and Joaquín Amador on guitar and Manuela Carrasco dancing.

Sevillanas 
Isidro Muñoz

Pa qué me llamas prima, 
si me crucifica que te mire,
si me crucifica tu mirada

Si cuando me tienes te retienes  
y eres como el vuelo de tu enagua

pa qué me llamas?

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Jasmine | Viernes con una Letra

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Jasmine | Viernes con una Letra

I am in Córdoba.  I like it here.

This evening we were taking a stroll, my nieces, my sister, and I.

Dando un paseo

That's something I like about Spain.  Families and friends taking walks around the town together.  It is normal.  It happens every day.  So many people out and about.  Together.

We walked by jasmine

Lots of jasmine hanging down the wall.

El olor.

The smell.

Ada, Margot, and I couldn't get enough of it.

And so, one of my favorite tangos, from Camarón along with a video ...

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