Mas Espagnol

I’ve been listening to my Spanish CDs and have discovered I remember some basic vocabulary from 3 years of high school Spanish.

I can master “buenos dias”.

Although I’ll probably be hopeless actually putting together a sentence, I think I can understand some basic conversation.

Peppermint Patty has her Charlie and I have mine.

Now I must memorize some Latin music so I can have it ready for collaboration in an island setting.

I don’t do hip hop or rap so 3 traditional songs that come to mind are:

Guantanamera  (English translation here)

[Estribillo:]

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera
Guantanamera, guajira, guantanamera
 
Yo soy un hombre sincero, de donde crece la palma
Yo soy un hombre sincero, de donde crece la palma
Y antes de morir yo quiero cantar mis versos del alma
 
[Estribillo]
 
Cultivo una rosa blanca, en julio como en enero
Cultivo una rosa blanca, en julio como en enero
Para el amigo sincero, que me da su mano franca
 
[Estribillo] (2x)
 
Mi verso es de un verde claro, y de un carmín encendido
Mi verso es de un verde claro, y de un carmín encendido
Mi verso es un ciervo herido, que busca en el monte amparo
Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (English translation here)

Siempre que te pregunto

Que, cuándo, cómo y dónde
Tú siempre me respondes
Quizás, quizás, quizás
 
Y así pasan los días
Y yo, desesperando
Y tú, tú contestando
Quizás, quizás, quizás
 
Estás perdiendo el tiempo
Pensando, pensando
Por lo que más tú quieras
¿Hasta cuándo? ¿Hasta cuándo?
 
Y así pasan los días
Y yo, desesperando
Y tú, tú contestando
Quizás, quizás, quizás
Besame Mucho  (English translation here)
Besame,
Besame mucho
Como si fuera ésta noche
La última vez
Besame, besame mucho
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después
Quiero tenerte muy cerca
Mirarme en tus ojos
Verte junto a mi
Piensa que tal vez mañana
Yo ya estaré lejos,
Muy lejos de ti
Besame,
Besame mucho
Como si fuera ésta noche
La última vez
Besame, besame mucho
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después
This little project should keep me busy even though I tend to learn music and lyrics quickly. Charlie can probably play these three tunes by ear even though a Latin beat sometimes eludes him.  That’s why we’re going to study.
Any more song suggestions?
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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “Mas Espagnol”

  1. You picked three great ones. “Bésame mucho” is a beautiful song, and one of my favorites . I love Carlos Santana, so I have to mention “Oye como va”. “Ya no puedo más” by Camilo Sesto is my all-time favorite. Anything by Maná, but my favorite is “Mariposa traicionera”.

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