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Bonus Cuplé (Part 6) | The Weekly Letra

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Bonus Cuplé (Part 6) | The Weekly Letra

Today I wrap up the flamenco cuplé series with a bonus post, one more song, and a few more videos:

Un Compromiso
Alfredo García Segura y Gregorio García Segura 

Sin firmar un documento,
ni mediar un previo aviso, 
sin hablarnos, ni mirarnos
ha nacío un compromiso. 

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Be Careful | The Weekly Letra

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Be Careful | The Weekly Letra

Today's letra(s) comes from Cuatro Soneto de Amor by Rafael de León. This is the second part, which you can see Mayte Martín sing live (Ten Cuidao) in the video below.

Me avisaron a tiempo: ten cuidado,
mira que miente más que parpadea,
que no le va a tu modo su ralea,
que es de lo peorcito del mercado.

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Los ojos como las moras | The Weekly Letra

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Los ojos como las moras | The Weekly Letra

Yesterday I received an email from a reader, Max Herzog, a guitarist based in San Diego, who came across today's letra on my blog. (I originally posted it about four years ago. I struggled with the translation then, and I'm still struggling with it today.) Max had some great insights along with a smoother translation which I wanted to share with you. You'll find his translation below (with just a couple of small changes from me).

Fandangos
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Los ojos como las moras
y los dientes de marfil
y tu boca es una fuente
donde una noche bebí 
agua con ansias de muerte

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Quiero Platicar Contigo | The Weekly Letra

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Quiero Platicar Contigo | The Weekly Letra

"You cannot destroy the tradition without first learning about it." - Belén Maya

I have a guajiras verse to share with you today along with a video of Belén Maya and Mayte Martín, but first allow me to give you some background:

I'm in Seattle winding down after workshops Belén Maya this week. 

On Wednesday I went to a lecture she gave at Seattle Central College.

In that lecture Belén spoke about herself as an artist.

She talked about how she expresses herself as an individual through flamenco. She talked about how she had to dedicate to studying and understanding traditional flamenco in order to do her own thing. She talked about how she danced in tablaos (doing more traditional style flamenco) at night while studying on her own and dancing in her father's company (which was more modern) during the day.

Here is a letra from that clip, and you can hear Mayte Martín sing it at 4 minutes and 50 seconds in the video below.

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Vidalita | Viernes con una Letra

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Vidalita | Viernes con una Letra

Today a vidalita letra and a video of Mayte Martín teaching cante...

Oscar is in the other room preparing for tonight's workshop... I'm hearing soleá and lots of pies which is making me want to do a letra por soleá,

But it's ida y vuelta month, so obviously that won't be happening. Speaking of Oscar and cantes de ida y vulelta, his favorite cante is guajiras.

But back to today's letra

Below is part of the vidalita that Mayte Martin sings on her album Querencia. Apparently it's her adaptation of one by Juan Valderrama.

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I am tired of secrets and lies | Viernes con una Letra

S.O.S.Popular/Adapt. Mayte Martín

Ven a borrrame los fracasos de mi mente ven a llenarme de caricias diferentes ven a sacarme de este pozo de amargura donde me encuentro yo...

Y dame el agua de tu fuente cristalina y dame el beso que sin darse se adivina que estoy sediento de cariño sin medida cansada de dar amor.

De volar siempre buscando la fantasía de nido en nido como paloma perdída. estoy cansada de secretos y mentiras buscando un gran amor Que sea capáz de enamorarme cada día velar mi sueño mientras que yo estoy dormida mirarme siempre con la mirada encendída igual que miro yo...

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Viernes con una Letra | fandangos...again

Today, fandangos de Huelva and a video of Mayte Martín singing.

Here is the first copla Mayte Martín sings in Conquero. You might have seen the second one here last week, and the final one the week before. It's all a bit mixed up but, then, so am I. Hmm, though upon second thought, that's how flamenco is normally sung. The singer mixes and matches verses in the moment, so this makes perfect sense! 

Fandangos de Huelva
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Y los dientes de marfíl
los ojos como las moras
y tu boca es una fuente
donde una noche bebí 
agua con ansias de muerte

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Viernes con una Letra | Ten Cuidao

"Déjame saber tu letra favorita, Tell me your favorite letra," I begged Ricardo. He gave me this one, from Ten Cuidao, a bulerías by Mayte Martín.  Perhaps next week I'll post the first letra.

Anyway, here you'll see a video of Mayte Martín performing the whole thing live, and below that you'll find Ricardo's favorite part.

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Viernes con una Letra de Mayte Martín

Simplemente beautiful, an alegrías by Mayte Martín...

Navega Sola
Mayte Martín

Al primer rayo de la luz de la mañana
despierto siempre preguntando dónde estás. 
Con mi aliento empaño el cristal de mi ventana
y veo mi barquilla echarse a la mar.

Navega sola, 
navega sola
Navega sola mi barquilla velera 
sobre las olas.

Aunque te alejes de mí 
Te seguiré queriendo 
Porque tu amor fue la luz  
Que iluminó mi sendero
Yo me moriré de amor 
y tú serás mi cielo
Ay amor eres mi Cruz y mi herida
Llevar tu amor a cuestas  
Pa' los restos de la vida

Navega sola, 
navega sola
Navega sola mi barquilla velera 
sobre las olas.

Ay qué soledad más grande siento yo sin tí 
cuando al despuntar del día 
tú te separas de mí.
Ay que soledad más grande. 

Navega sola, 
navega sola
Navega sola mi barquilla velera 
sobre las olas.

With the first ray of morning light  
I wake always asking where you are
My breath fogs the glass of my window 
And I see my boat throw herself into the sea.

Alone I navigate, 
alone I navigate
Alone I navigate my sailboat 
Over the waves.

Even if you stray from me 
I'll continue loving you. 
Because your love was the light 
That illuminated my path. 
I will die of love 
And you will be my sky.  
Love, you are my Cross and my wound
I will carry your love on my back  
for the rest of my life.

Alone I navigate, 
alone I navigate
Alone I navigate my sailboat 
Over the waves.

What great loneliness I feel without you 
When at daybreak 
You leave me

What great loneliness.

Alone I navigate, 
alone I navigate
Alone I navigate my sailboat 
Over the waves.

Hear her sing it here.

As you know, translating well provides a good challenge for me…I’ll always try my best, but if you come up with a different interpretation, feel free to express your thoughts below.

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