Archive | August, 2012

Really Pop En Español

30 Aug

Top 8

Disclaimer: I am a huge sexist when it comes to pop. Unless its done with a nice deep man voice, I cannot stand to hear men sing pop songs especially those like sound like they are crying and in a high voice (a la Reyli, Sin Bandera etc. ). So with that note, the artists below are all women except for Miguel Bose who has a real man voice.

1. Selena- Amor Prohibido (1994)

One of the best pop CD’s of all time. Selena’s flexible voice in various genres (including the early version of reggeaton) is great in this piece of art. It’s one of AB Quintanilla III’s best creations filled with radio hits that made its way to the charts a whole year before Selena’s death. “Amor Prohibido,” “No Me Queda Mas” “Fotos y Recuerdos” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Si Una Vez” were all on the billboard charts during this time. This is the CD that went on to make Selena a legend even before her death.


2. Shakira- Pies Descalzos (1996)

Best Shakira CD ever. Her then “new” singer-songwriting style probably influenced a whole lot more people than she will ever know.  So simple yet straight to the point yet her lyrics are so intense and full of passion. Shakira’s “Estoy Aqui” displayed a flowing almost rap like chorus.  Don’t forget everyone’s favorite “first love” song : “Antologia” which has made Shakira cry in live performances several times.  This CD has 4 radio friendly hits yet the whole CD is packed with so much talent. Shakira was only 18 when the CD was released.


3. Julieta Venegas- MTV Unplugged (2008)

When you have JV and Natalia Lafourcade mixed with a mini-orchestra, you know something huge is going to happen. Add guest vocalists by Juan Son and La Mala Rodriguez and you have the best, if not one of the best, MTV Unplugged performances of all time.


4. Julieta Venegas- Si (2003)

Yup. She achieved radio friendly pop perfection from one CD to the next. Three of those songs became massive hits and the list of awards started to roll in for her. “Lento” “Andar Conmigo” “Algo Esta Cambiando” and “Oleada” were all on the radio or had a music video.

5. Miguel Bose- Papito (2007)

His classics were brought back to life by Shakira, Julieta Venegas, Paulina Rubio, Ricky Martin, Laura Pausini and more.  “Si Tu No Vuelves,” “Nena,” “Bambu,” and “Te Amare” are all beautifully executed. The duet with Shakira is absolutely breath taking and exposes Shakira’s ability to use her voice as a weapon of passion.


6. Selena- Dreaming of You (1995)

The woman had an all-star cast of the English and Spanish language working on her CD. Too bad only a few songs were finalized before she died. In my opinion, she began the Latin crossover wave that hit big in 1999 with Ricky Martin. This CD again shows Selena’s versatility as a singer. “I Could Fall in Love” “Dreaming of You” and her version of “Tu Solo Tu” went on to become synonymous with Selena’s image.

7. Shakira- Donde Estan Los Ladrones? (1998)

The balance between being a rockstar and being a popstar? The title was held by Shakira with this CD at the beginning of her “selling out” to the Estefans. “Ciega Sordomuda,” “Inevitable,” “Tu” and the unforgettable “Ojos Asi” (weak lyrics, great music) round out this CD.

8. Paulina Rubio- Paulina (2000)

From sexy to femme fatale to romantic to dance club hits to pop rock, Paulina recorded a masterpiece CD that makes you want to get sexy. Her best complete CD before she caught that annoying Spanish-Chilanga accent. The sexy guitar in “Lo Hare Por Ti,” the ranchera/dance hybrid of “El Ultimo Adios,” the catchy “Y Yo Sigo Aqui” and female power anthem “Yo No Soy Esa Mujer” top this CD.


10 Things to Do When People Judge You

3 Aug

Who cares, right? But sometimes we need some re-assurance


  1. Take care of yourself. – Your relationship with yourself is the closest and most important relationship you will ever have.  If you don’t take good care of yourself, then you can’t take good care of others either; which is why taking care of yourself is the best selfish thing you can do.  Read The Mastery of Love.
  2. Do what you know is right, for YOU. – Don’t be scared to walk alone, and don’t be scared to like it.  Don’t let anyone’s ignorance, drama, or negativity stop you from being the best you can be.  Keep doing what you know in your heart is right, for you.  Because when you are totally at peace within yourself, nothing can shake you.
  3. Follow your own unique path. – Every new day is a chance to change your life.  Work on making life all that you want it to be.  Work hard forwhat you believe, and keep your dreams big and your worries small.  You never need to carry more than you can hold; just take it one day at a time.  And while you’re out there making decisions instead of excuses, learning new things, and getting closer and closer to your goals, know that there are others out there, like me, who admire your efforts and are striving for greatness too.
  4. Lock yourself away from the world and work on your goals. – Dream big dreams, but realize that short term, realistic goals are the key to success.  Success is directly connected with daily action.  The way we spend our time defines who we are.  Successful people keep moving, by doing small things every day that bring them a couple steps closer to their dream.  They make mistakes along the way, but they don’t quit – they learn and press on.  Read Getting Things Done.
  5. Adjust your goals and dreams as life changes. – A great deal of pain in life comes from having a specific dream that you’ve fallen in love with, and when it doesn’t work out exactly as planned, you become angry that you now have to pursue a different path.  If you want to tame your inner demons and make the most of life, you must not become rigidly attached to just one specific dream, and remain open to there being an even better, equally as happy path ahead.  Life is unpredictable, but it provides plenty of opportunities to make dreams come true.  Just don’t forget that sometimes taking a positive step forward requires you to slightly adjust your dreams, or plan new ones – it’s OK to change your mind or have more than one dream.
  6. Forgive those who have wronged you. – Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.  Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong and wise.  Forgiveness allows you to focus on the future without combating the past.  To understand the potential of everything going forward is to forgive everything already behind you.  Without forgiveness, wounds can never be healed, and moving on can never be accomplished.  What happened in the past is just one chapter.  Don’t close the book, just turn the page.
  7. Show everyone your love and kindness. – If you are reserving your love only for those who you have decided are worthy of it – all strangers excluded – it may come as a surprise to learn that this is not love at all, it is called judgment.  Judgment is selective, love is all embracing.  Just as the sunlight and the wind do not discriminate, true love does not make any such distinctions either.  Love and kindness is a way of living.  Where there is love, there is no judgment.  Where there is judgment, there is no love. Read The 5 Love Languages.
  8. Stand up for others, even if it’s the unpopular thing to do. – Sometimes you will say something really small and simple, but it will fit right into an empty space in someone’s heart.  Dare to reach into the darkness, to pull someone else into the light.  Remember, strong people stand up for themselves, but stronger people stand up for others too, and lend a hand when they’re able.
  9. Fight through your failures. – When you are feeling down or dealing with failure, don’t be ashamed.  There’s nothing to be ashamed of.  You are going through a difficult time, and you are still pushing forward.  That’s something to be proud of – that you are fighting through it and slowly rising above it.  Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
  10. Keep your head held high and keep on smiling. – Every day of your life is a page of your history.  The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them.  Don’t cry over the past, cry to get over the past.  Don’t smile to hide the pain, smile to heal the pain.  Don’t think of all the sadness in the world, think of all the beauty that still remains around you.