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Por Apellido Rosa | The Weekly Letra

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Por Apellido Rosa | The Weekly Letra

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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My Heart Shook Inside My Soul | The Weekly Letra

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My Heart Shook Inside My Soul | The Weekly Letra

One more Canastera for you to watch, María Terremoto. I can't stop listening to it, especially this coletilla she frames everything with (From Paco de Lucia's Almonte ... I love this chorus so much that I've included two other video versions following hers for you to check out.)

En la marisma con la candela viene el romero
Cantan por Huelva y a la Pastora
los almonteños
y el corazón se me estremeció en el alma

cogí la manta la eche en el suelo

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Las Penas Que Tú Me Das | The Weekly Letra

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Las Penas Que Tú Me Das | The Weekly Letra

Today, this first day of February, a letra from Manuel Machado along with a video of Paco de Lucía, La Tana, Duquende, Montse Cortés, Niño Josele, Antonio Serrano, Alain Perez, and El Piraña. 

Malagueñas
Manuel Machado

Las penas que tú me das
son penas y no son penas;
que tienen cositas malas,
y tienen cositas buenas.

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How to Have a Party | The Weekly Letra

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How to Have a Party | The Weekly Letra

One year comes to an end, another begins. Which means ... It's time to party! Read Manuel Machado's words on how we might do this flamenco style, and watch a video of Montse Cortés and Chonchi Heredia singing it live with Paco de Lucia below.

Then check out the end of this post where I share four flamenco events I'm looking forward to in the coming year.

(Bulerías)
Manuel Machado

Una fiesta se hace
con tres personas: 
Uno baila, otro canta
y el otro toca. 
Ya me olvidaba
de los que dicen ¡Olé! 
y tocan palmas.

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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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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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Luzía | Viernes con una Letra

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Luzía | Viernes con una Letra

Today a song that Paco de Lucía composed for his mother from the album of the same name which he dedicated to her, Luzía.

Luzía
Paco de Lucía   

Las cuerdas de mi guitarra 
están llorando             
lloran por siguiriya      
ay por mi mare               
por mi Lucía

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Paco & Camarón por bulerías | viernes con una letra

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Paco & Camarón por bulerías | viernes con una letra

A letra por bulerías and a video of Paco de Lucía & Camarón de la Isla.

Bulerías

Tú le estás pidiendo a Dios 
que mi madre se muriera 
ya mi madre se murió
ya no hay quién te quiera 
que menos te voy a querer yo.

You are asking God 
that my mother should die 
now my mother has died 
and there is nobody left to love you
and I'll love you even less.

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