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I'm Going to Talk to the Moon | Viernes con una Letra

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I'm Going to Talk to the Moon | Viernes con una Letra

On the last Flamenco Tour to Jerez the ladies spent a good amount of time in the bar talking to José Luís and Maribel (our hosts). This is often the case as they are quite fun to chat with, and they make us feel at home. (Some people don't speak Spanish. I'm convinced this makes the conversations all the more fun.) So Luís loves flamenco letras and happily shares them with us.

One day Stefani and I were sitting at the bar, and she asked him if he was an aficionado. He told us that he wasn't but that he used to be. He said that when he was younger he would go to the peñas and keep up with what was going on in the flamenco world. He told us he is no longer as dedicated.

Anyway, when you walk into Luís and Maribel's bar you see a big wooden bureau to the left with a man's face carved into it. That man is El Torta.

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I Want to Get Drunk | Viernes con una Letra

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I Want to Get Drunk | Viernes con una Letra

It is Halloween, and I just returned home from the peña. I am in Jerez.

On the way I saw a family dressed up in zombie-style Halloween costumes. Their two dogs were dressed as jack-o-lanters.

At the peña

We saw Manuel Agujetas Hijo sing with Domingo Rubichi accompanying on guitar.

Below is a letra por fandangos that he sang.

(You can hear El Chocolate singing it here.)

Fandangos

No me quites la botella
que yo me quiero emborrachar 
no me quites la botella
voy a beber de verdad 
y a ver si no pienso en ella 
y yo la consigo olvidar

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Come Back | Viernes con una Letra

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Come Back | Viernes con una Letra

I told you that today I'd tell you about going to see Estrella Morente in Córdoba. So today I'll share a video of Estrella Morente and a song she sang at the show.

I want to tell you about the end of the show...

when she sang Volver as an encore.

A bit further down in the post you can see a video of her performing it and looking very beautiful.

She does it as a bulerías. I discovered that it was originally a tango, not the flamenco kind, the Argentinian kind, by Carlos Gardel and that the words were written by Alfredo Le Pera.

We'll get to the song in a moment,

But first, about the show in Córdoba.

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Málaga | Viernes con una Letra

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Málaga | Viernes con una Letra

One more tangos that David was using with us last week...

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Viva Málaga la bella, 
tierra de tanta alegría,
 
que si a prueba me pusiera,
 
por ella daría la vida

Long live Malaga the beautiful,
land of so much happiness,
 
that if she put me to the test, 
for her I would give my life

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Madroños | Viernes con una Letra

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Madroños | Viernes con una Letra

Those are some madroños from the Mercat Central here in Valencia.

I remember going there in 1998, the first time I came to Spain.  It was February, and there were no madroños.

Anyway, the fruit lady told us to eat them as-is.  No washing.  No doing anything to them.

We followed her instructions.

Yum.

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La que quiera madroños vaya a la sierra
olé Morena vaya a la sierra
porque se están secando sus madroñeras
olé morena sus madroñeras

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Stop thinking, and Dance

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Stop thinking, and Dance

Ricardo asked me how things were going here in Jerez.

I told him everything was great

Everyone was happy. We were hearing tons of flamenco. Doing tons of flamenco. Learning a lot. The weather was nice...

"Todo bien," I told him, except that I felt like my body looked weird when I danced.

"Andaaaaa. Tu cabeza si que es rara."

"Come on! Your head is what is messed up," he told me.

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Dancing por siguiriyas | viernes con una letra

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Dancing por siguiriyas | viernes con una letra

This morning in class

we were talking about tonight's show at the Villamarta, the Homenaje a la Chaty.  I can't wait to see it.

Mercedes will be performing, along with Santi and Perico and all kinds of other great artists.  Pastora Galván, Arcángel, Jesús Méndez...  Even my boyfriend will be there.

So anyway, somebody asked her what she would be dancing in the show.  They were hoping it would  be alegrías since that's what we're learning from her in the workshop.

"A ver si Laura puede adivinar lo que yo voy a bailar…"

"Let's see if Laura can guess what I'm going to dance."

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We made it to Jerez

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We made it to Jerez

I have a bulerías letra to share with you today.

We got to Jerez on a Friday.  But I forgot that it was Friday. We went from Paris to Madrid.  From Madrid to Sevilla.  And from Sevilla to Jerez.

And we were here.

I ran some errands.  We had tapas in the bar.  Then Maribel gave us all caldo.  Yum.

Now it's Saturday.  It's almost siesta time, and I can feel it.

Earlier I ran into my bulerías teacher walking down the street.  She was getting her groceries.  As was everyone else.

And soon we'll all be dancing bulerías...

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