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Nothing Like a Cross-Cultural Jam Session

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Paz,  Joan

 

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An Answer for Renee regarding Andean flute music….

Renee wrote:

On one of your podcasts you played a bach piece that was done on an Andean flute. Can you tell me the name of the artist and where I can get this music?

Answer:  Well Renee we were in Cusco and this was a group that was playing and selling their CD’s at the restaurant we were dining in one evening.  You may have to make the trip to Cusco to get a hold of their CD!!! – but let me pass you what I know anyway.  The name of the group is WIRAQOCHYA.  They don’t have contact info on their CD but the graphic designer that did their CD cover does; perhaps he can connect you with them.  His name is López Angel and his email is angelcuscoperú@hotmail.com  there is a phone number for him as well that is listed as;  (0051)084-9756448  – ¡¡¡Buena suerte!!!!     –  Joan

WIRAQOCHA

WIRAQOCHA

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“Cuando los Sapos Bailen Flamenco”

I  just stepped out of my Advanced Spanish Class with Luis.  It was fabulous!  Like they all are!  We talk about history, politics, tradition, culture, we read great books in Spanish, we will soon be watching great movies in Spanish and today we listened to great music in Spanish.  The technique he uses, that dear husband and teacher of mine, is a combination of inspiration and challenge.  The inspiration attracts us and holds us the entire time he is artfully eeking out of us every resource available to move ourselves forward and deeper into the language and culture.  We leave the class exhausted, spent but like a hopeless addict wanting so much more of the same.

So today, I will satiate my need to keep indulging myself by sharing a piece of the class with all of you.  Our focus today was on fluency and culture.  He played the following song for us and asked us to listen carefully to identify first the mood of the song evidenced by the music, then for the lyrics, then for the meaning of the poetry.  After a couple of turns without the lyrics in hand, he passed out the lyrics so we could test our ear and dive even deeper into the intention of this song.  It was so interesting how the words standing alone and without the music felt and seemed to mean something different than they did with the music.  It was interesting how the room divided into males and females with their respective interpretations.  It was interesting how the room divided into Latinos and those of us from the US, so influenced and defined we are by our personal and broader cultural histories.

I invite you to listen to the song, then read the lyrics and share your perspective on what was happening inside the head of the singer.  I wonder if what happened to us in class, happens to you all  on a wider scale……

Cuando Los Sapos Bailen Flamenco – por Ella Baila Sola

Me alegra tanto oír tu
voz aunque dormido
Por fin viajabas como en tus sueños,
buscando un sitio para volver
Y sin poder olvidar lo que dejas,
lo que has aprendido
Van a cambiar las caras, los sueños,
los días,
Y yo lentamente te pierdo.

Como un regalo que al ensuciarse,
tiró quién limpiaba
Como un vaso después de beber
el trago más dulce
Con un adiós, con un te quiero,
y con mis labios en tus dedos
Para no pronunciar las palabras
que dan tanto miedo
Te vas y te pierdo.

Me alegra tanto escuchar tus
promesas mientras te alejas
Saber que piensas volver algún día,
cuando los sapos bailen flamenco
Y yo te espero ya ves aunque no
entiendo bien que los sapos
Puedan dejar de saltar y bailar
lejos de su charco
Porque mis ojos brillan con tu cara,
y ahora que no te veo se apagan
Porque prefiero que estés a mi
lado que no tengas nada
Te vas y te pierdo.

Como un regalo…
Te vas y te pierdo.
Te pierdo, te pierdo, te pierdo

Disfrutense,   – Joan

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