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”


8 Simple Yoga Poses that Help Flush Stress Hormones

5 Jun

13 Telenovela Theme Songs

5 Jun

Everything about this post is just awesome. I dare you to NOT sing along to one of these songs.

Go Gina Rodriguez!

1 Jun

Can’t believe I haven’t written about Jane the Virgin. Its going to be a super long post. In the meantime, enjoy this article that shows Gina Rodriguez giving away her dress to a Twitter fan.