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Whitney Houston

28 May

Its Whitney that brings me back here. Reelz is doing a series of documentaries and the Whitney episode struck me the most mainly because she is the most vocally talented out of all the featured musicians.

I’ve written about Whitney before- when she passed away a few years ago. But I went back to listen to her Youtube videos and was filled with goosebumps and tears. She was just about perfect in her delivery, interpretation, and her songs- she had one heck of a team writing her songs.

Whitney’s performance at the 1994 Grammy’s singing “I Will Always Love You” is insanely ridiculous. Was she actually singing it live? You bet! Listen closely and she makes a few mistakes throughout the song. I can’t believe her amazing talent was lost to drugs. She’s just about perfect with her delivery. And then she looks and points at the audience like she’s yelling and projecting her emotions right at your soul. Fascinating . Just fascinating. I cried a little bit.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XDTvPL5BEg

Check out “Greatest Love of All Time”

I want to cry.

It starts of so mellow and beautifully crescendoes into a piece of art. And are you listening to the lyrics? Its dedicated to all the children and believing in yourself in your dark times. Listen to those lyrics: “So I learned to depend on me.” (((CRYING!!)))I love you Whitney!!  But wait; listen to 5:29 of the video. I’m crying again.

Now check this rendition of “And I’m Telling you I’m not going, I Have Nothing” at the 1994 American Music Awards.

Why does she strike my soul so much? Maybe because she also reminds me of mariachi singers who hit the falsettos like a hupango ala “Cucurrucucu Paloma.” But then it goes into the deep long vocal holds like Lola Beltran once did. She reaches into those high falsetto and then easily drops into the low range in seemingless effort. But Whitney is Black. So her music has the perfect combo of soul, gospel, and the hip hop of the era. Its not annoying or exaggerated like Mariah or Christina Aguilera. She is Queen. She is a pastor and we are her followers listening to her every word. Her songs hit your heart and soul like no other. I felt like dropping to my knees in utter respect of her performance.  This is the best of Whitney.  Rest in Peace Whitney.

Women’s March 2017

22 Jan

Buzzfeed summarizes the best of Latino signs at  Womens March 2017

 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/norbertobriceno/chingxs-all-day-every-day?utm_term=.aibK7a9Qz9#.dyXpozKaxK

Gloria Trevi- El Ingrato (con Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles) live

5 Jan

I just bought tickets to see Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman together live in concert. Both are amazing in concert, but y’all know how much I love La Trevi in concert. I saw her back in 2008 in Hollywood for her first concert there since being released from jail. Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles joined her to play a profanity filled, man hating song. Its Paquita la del Barrio in a more intense version. Here is the exact version I heard live back in 2008. Enjoy!

Mariachi Sol de México- Himno de Alegria and Mariachi Reyna- Los Peces del Rio

4 Jan

I don’t like Sol too much- atleast in the past I haven’t. I’m more of a Mariachi Cobre type of girl. Sol’s live performances are predictable- boring, too many mainstream songs that don’t show their true ability as a group, and just… boring. Itunes led me to their Christmas album from 2008 which is just beautiful. The standout is a mariachi version of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” with sweet, declarative voicing in the chorus section. The intro is like a march- similar to the early Mariachi Reyna songs that Maestro Hernandez wrote. And no doubt Maestro Hernandez is taking a page off the classical opera for this album. He opts for the opera style versus the mariachi style which is not a bad thing considering these are Christmas classics en español. Save for “Los Peces del Rio” interpreted by Laura (i think) in her silky unique vocals, this is a Mariachi Sol CD- not a Reyna CD. Oh but I love her voice. I can pick up her voice anywhere. Fabulous job Maestro!

 

I’m back

4 Jan

I’m sorry I neglected you. You were my voice in music and the arts. Got stuck putting my professional and health as a priority. But thank you “friendship” for reminding me that I need to write. That I’m an introverted musician with a strong opinions. Seeing your thoughts on paper reminded me. It reminded me. Of me.

 

With that being said:

“Screw Maná and reggeaton. The thought of Maná doing reggeaton (shuddering)”

“screw SuperEstrella 107.1”

“Viva La Ranchera 96.7”

and Viva Pepe Aguilar

Quetzal- Worksongs

16 Aug

“Working is a gift/ I accept this humble notion

Respect and fair wages… The need to feel alive”

What a simple way to summarize why I left my last job. Thank you Quetzal for summarizing a part of my life yet again.

 

The first time I heard this song back in 2003 was at a live performance at a Tower Records in Stanton/BuenaPark, I remember getting tons of chills since there were a few guest backup singers with Martha. It was a fascinating effect that I can still feel to this day.  Martha’s voice was at her prime- she admitted giving up drinking and smoking during that time. Ayyy Quetzal you give me the chills yet again.

 

Julieta Venegas – 2000

10 Aug

Julieta just how she was the first time I saw her in early 2001. Such a talented woman!! The 2000-2003 Julieta is my favorite because her “Bueninvento” CD is a work of art. While her first CD “Aqui” is incredibly classical that shows off her musical abilities (and lots of vocal holds), its quite frankly not very exciting to listen to. “Bueninvento” takes the talent, bottles it up to create a beautifully dark and genius world to create a CD for the ages with her short and rhythmic phrases.Then she throws away a lot of rules of popular music in regards to chords, song structure, and instrument choice to create my favorite CD of all time. Sigh!! Thank you Youtube for such a beautiful video that took me back into that awkward Julieta that a nerd like me can relate to.

My favorite happens at 22:14 when she sings and plays “Flor”