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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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Flamenco Verses by Palo | The Weekly Letra

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Flamenco Verses by Palo | The Weekly Letra

Sometimes you want to know a song to go along with the dance form you're studying in class. Other times you want to know the words to that particular flamenco song you like so much. And sometimes you long to know what those words mean.

I'd like to help you with that

Below you'll find a collection of letras (flamenco verses) organized by palo (flamenco form.) 

After over four years of translating and posting flamenco songs, and not quite as many years of writing them out and turning them into things like this, there are quite a number of flamenco verses (and often accompanying videos) to be found around here.

I've learned a lot about Spanish, a bit about Caló, and much about flamenco through the process of doing these translations, very often getting help along the way. Some of the translations are better than others, and the letras rarely convey the same feeling in English as they do in their original form. Still the translations give a general idea of what the verse is about.

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Todo es de Color | Viernes con una Letra

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Todo es de Color | Viernes con una Letra

I saw this video the other day on Facebook with Argentina (so beautifully) singing this coletilla,

Todo es de color...

Accompanied by Farruquito, sitting at a dining room table. (You can hear it at about 3 minutes.)

And so, today's letra

It's actually an entire song, and it's kind of long, and you definitely don't want to miss the video of Lole and Manuel performing it live which you'll find (along with the translation) as you scroll down in the post...

Todo es de Color 
J.M. Flores*

Todo es de color

Todo el mundo cuenta sus penas
pidiendo la comprensión, 
quien cuenta sus alegrías
no comprende al que sufrió

 

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To All Cat Lovers & All Cat Haters

Cat lovers and cat haters (dislikers?), come one, come all. It's a coletilla por bulerías that we sang with Oscar last month, and it has to do with kitty cats:

Me araña
me araña el gatito
échalo pá trás

He scratches me
The cat scratches me
Get him away

(By the way, I myself am a cat lover.)

A note about dancing bulerías and coletillas:

In class, Oscar talked about how when a singer runs out of coletilla while singing for you, he might start doing jaleo instead. (And Ani always says once you hear just jaleos, it is definitely time to get out!)

Feliz finde ~ Happy weekend!

Free Demo Class with Sol 'La Argentinita!'

Sol 'La Argentinita' is in town with the Portland Opera's production of Carmen. Lucky us! And the luckiest bit of all is that she's sticking around after the shows to give us workshops. They're happening February 18-22, and she'll be giving a free preview class next Wednesday, February 11 at 5:30pm. Come meet her and even dance and sing a bit too...

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I'll Die Loving You | Viernes con una Letra

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I'll Die Loving You | Viernes con una Letra

An estribillo,a letra and a video of Luis de La Pica.

I first heard this estribillo, his letras, and heard of Luis de la Pica, when listening to Marina Heredia.  That whole song on as she does it still gets me.

These melodies will always get me ...

And these words ...

Bulerías
Luis de la Pica

Te quiero y me moriré queriéndote
hasta la muerte

Recuerdo cuando me besabas
aquella noche de invierno, 
el frío en mis huesos se calaba

y tu querer era falso y embustero

I love you and I'll die loving you
until death

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