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07 August 2005

What Kind of Music...


eally, I mean really gets you hopping and makes your blood boil? You just can't sit still... first your toes start going, then you are tapping your feet... with in minutes you're sliding across the floor, twirling your partner in every direction. Today's musical selection does that to me. It's Malaguena... There are two types of Spanish music, first you have typical Spanish music and then you have Flamenco... and today I'll concentrate on Flamenco. This is the music and dance of the gypsy's of Spain. The gypsy's often named their music after the places they come from for example if they came from Granada, then they would call it Granadinas and if they came from Malagas or Malaga then it was called Malaguena.

This particular selection, Malaguena, is typical of the Flamenco music... starting off at a slow tempo, then gradually increasing until it is thunderous sometimes.

Flamenco is a genuine Spanish art, and to be more exact an genuine Southern Spanish art. It exists in three forms: Cante, the song, Baile, the dance, and Guitarra, guitar playing. Gypsies are very often named as its fathers, and at least it can be taken for certain that they played an important part in its creation. But also the popular songs and dances of Andalusia have influenced early Flamenco considerably.

It's funny... I've heard Malaguena countless times... and somewhere in my mind I know I have come across Ernesto Lecuona... but I never connected the two until this morning. Now I am a EL fan. Funny how things happen...

You have not listened to authentic Flamenco if not with a small group of friends, at midnight somewhere in the South of Spain, when there is nothing around but the voice, the guitar and the body of a dancer moving in the moonlight.

Observations and Questions
What type of music really gets you moving? Rap does not count, sorry. Neither does Hip Hop. I'm talking real music.

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1896, Ernesto Lecuona, born in Havana Cuba, composer of Malaguena. And in the death notices we have in 1957, Oliver Hardy comedian of Laurel & Hardy, dies at 65.

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