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Sorrow in My Soul | The Weekly Letra

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Sorrow in My Soul | The Weekly Letra

When we were in Jerez we spent a lot of time at Tabanco El Pasaje watching flamenco. You can see shows there just about every afternoon and night. Below you can see a video of Juan Loreto dancing soleá por bulerías.

Soleá por Bulerías
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Qué pena tengo en el alma
se murió la madre mía
cuando se anunciaba el alba

What sorrow I feel in my soul
my mother died
when dawn came

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I Don't Want You To Talk To Anybody | The Weekly Letra

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I Don't Want You To Talk To Anybody | The Weekly Letra

Last week we were blown away by Jesús Carmona here in Portland. He gave workshops and put on a last-minute show, Ensayo de Una Vida, which he created and debuted right here in town! I'll tell you more about that later. For now, here's a letra and a video of Jesús dancing at Corral de la Moreria. (Below the video you can see some pictures from our workshops last week.)

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No quiero que hables con nadie
Sólo con tu confesor
con tu padre
con tu madre

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A Peek At The Feria (Video) | The Weekly Letra

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A Peek At The Feria (Video) | The Weekly Letra

Traditional festivals (ferias) take place in towns big and small across southern Spain during the springtime. Locals dress up, dance, sing, eat, and have A LOT of fun. There are the bigger ferias (those of Sevilla, Jerez...) and there are the smaller ferias (those of Sanlúcar, El Puerto...). These exclusive springtime ferias are unique to Andalucía, and each one has its very own encanto (charm). One of the great things about the feria is that there you get to see both professionals and everyday people dancing flamenco; some may not dance very well technically, but they dance from the heart.

Below you'll see a video of Samara and Rocío Carrrasco at this year's Feria del Caballo in Jerez along with pictures from a variety of ferias in Andalucía.

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I Don't Tell Anyone | The Weekly Letra

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I Don't Tell Anyone | The Weekly Letra

Mercedes Ruíz, our teacher on the Flamenco Tour to Jerez, was awarded the 'Flamenco Hoy' prize for the Best Flamenco Dancer of 2015 (Mejor Bailaora). You can watch a new video of her below as well as read a flamenco letra on love.

Today marks two weeks since my return from Jerez.

Of course it feels good to be home, but I do miss the daily dance classes, shared meals and community, the immersion into the Spanish language, hearing and seeing flamenco everywhere, the southern Spanish sun, the pace of the day, and the escape, the simply being away.

Thankfully I got to come home to my absolutely amazing friends and loved ones, our incredible flamenco community here, and the beautiful state of Oregon. And thankfully I had flamenco already built into my schedule with our summer workshops and teaching at the Oregon Ballet Theatre

If only I could still have class with Mercedes every morning . . . 

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The Birds and I | The Weekly Letra

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The Birds and I | The Weekly Letra

A letra por soleá. 

See how Israel Galván interprets it in the video that follows.

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Los pajaritos y yo
nos levantamos a un tiempo,
ellos le cantan al alba,
y yo alegro mis sentimientos

The birds and I
we wake together
They sing to the dawn,
and I feel good

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Tú Tienes Que Venir a Buscarme | The Weekly Letra

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Tú Tienes Que Venir a Buscarme | The Weekly Letra

Today a letra por tangos (or soleá, or bulerías, or soleá por bulerías...) followed by but another must-watch video,

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Cuando me eches de menos
tú tienes que venir a buscarme
como un caballo sin freno

When you miss me
you'll have to come looking for me
like a horse with no brakes

Watch and listen to David Palomar sing it below along with Rafael Rodríguez on guitar. (I promise you'll be glad you did.)

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Now You Don't Even Know Me | The Weekly Letra

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Now You Don't Even Know Me | The Weekly Letra

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No te acuerdas cuando entonces
bajabas descalza a abrirme
y ahora tú no me conoces

You don't remember when
you would come down barefoot to let me in
and now you don't even know me

Spanish painter, Ignacio Tovar says this verse talks about passionate relationships that become cold with the passing of time. I came across . . .

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Cuanto más | The Weekly Letra

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Cuanto más | The Weekly Letra

Cuanto más hondo es un pozo
más fresquita sale el agua

cuanto más hablo contigo
más dulces son tus palabras

The deeper the well
the fresher the water

the more I talk to you
the sweeter your words

Most likely there is at least one person in your life you feel this way about. (I can think of many, my nieces, my sister, my sweetheart, just about all of my friends...) Why not share today's letra with one of your beloveds? 

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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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Soleá from Sol | Viernes con una Letra

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Soleá from Sol | Viernes con una Letra

I asked Sol 'La Argentinita,' our visiting artist, what palo she most preferred dancing to. She likes all flamenco palos as each makes her feel something different, depending upon what is going on at a given time.

She is very interested in soleá right now,

As it is said to be the backbone of flamenco.

La columna vertebral del flamenco. Me llega al alma. 

"It touches my soul," she says.

La soleá expresa todo. "Soleá expresses everything."

She shared a couple of her favorite letras with me.

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