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On a Jesús Carmona Flamenco High | The Weekly Letra

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On a Jesús Carmona Flamenco High | The Weekly Letra

We were all blown away by Jesús Carmona and Company's performance here in Portland this week, "I can't stop thinking about it," one student wrote me, "The best performance I attended in my entire life. Heart stopping," another said. You can see pictures from the evening and a video below.

Now, here's a letra from the show:

Siguiriyas
Popular

Yo me puse en camino
antes del alba
cuando llegue a tu casa
ya clareaba

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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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Three Things That Get Me Out of a Funk | Viernes con una Letra

I want to tell you about some things that help me to feel better when I'm in a funky place. I also want to show you a very cool video and share a flamenco verse with you. But first, some words I wrote last week

(my first week back home post Flamenco Tour)

Coming home I feel overwhelmed.

This is not new.

It is how I usually feel after a trip to Spain. Excited to be back but overwhelmed and sort of confused at the same time.

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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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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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I Wasn't Supposed to be Scared | Viernes con una Letra

It was 2008. And I was in Jerez.

Ten years had passed since that first trip to Spain.

Finally, I had made it back.

So there I was, at the festival, getting ready to study with my best friend for the very first time.

It was Ricardo who told me I needed to study with him.

Without question.

And without pause.

I needed to study with Manuel Liñan.

Naturally, I was scared out of my mind.  As was Lillie.

But we weren't supposed to be scared.

Not this time.

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