I first heard today’s letra sung by Camarón. I would go back on the recording and listen to this particular letra over and over and over again. Those words! And the way he sang the last two lines especially always got me, and still gets me. (Below you can see a video of him singing it live and another of Pepe de Lucia singing for Pepita Ibarz.)
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Today, a canastera, which we'll be studying with the Mystery Guest Artist in December, and a video of Camarón...
tú eres el aire
que a mí me lleva
Flamenquita, tú que haces
tus canastitas en los puentes
siendo tan guapa y graciosa
¿por qué vives malamente?
Canastera canastera canastera
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,
You can see it in the video that follows...
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,
You see, had it not been for this class, I'm not sure I would be dancing flamenco today.
Here's what happened
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?
Tell me I'm not alone
Dime que no estoy sola
When I have to stop what I'm doing and close my eyes. Cerrar mis ojos y pararme.
Close my eyes and stop
And then do it again.
Tell me you know what I mean
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
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.
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.
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?
Una rosa pa tu pelo te voy a regalar
y cuando tú te vayas de mi vera
me tienes que recordar.
A rose for your hair I will give you
and when you leave my side
you will have to remember me.