3 Important Songs In My Life

I’m writing this as part of the Writing 101 course so I can improve my blog as much as possible, any feedback would be great! So, today’s challenge is HARD. I have to pick 3 songs, just 3, that are important to me  and my life and write about them without editing what I’m saying too much. But where to start? There are hundreds of important songs in my life, and I need a different ones for different moods I’m in. I wrote a post about this the other day actually, about different songs to combat different problems in my life, so for this one I’ll go from the heart and pick the songs that mean the most to me, regardless of how they are to dance to. Here goes…

 

Song #1: Bamboleo – The Gipsy Kings

I have loved Latin American music for as long as I can remember, before I even knew what it really was. As a child I can remember dancing to this song with toy castanettes in Majorca, I didn’t know what it was, who it was by, or even that it was in Spanish, I found all that out years later. But something about it, and indeed this whole genre of music that I called ‘holiday music’, because I only ever heard it abroad, made me want to dance. As I grew older it turned into my passion and look where I am now! Salsa addict! And I reckon it’s all down to this song, so thanks Gipsy Kings!

 

Song #2: Epoca – Gotan Project

The Gotan Project were introduced to me years ago by an older cousin who went travelling in Argentina and came back with their Revancha del Tango album, having taken an Argentine tango class. I have been in love with it ever since! It’s my go-to album for any situation, if I’m cooking, getting ready, working or having people round and want some music on in the background. It’s such a classy and sexy sound and I think anyone would find it hard not to be seduced by it. When teaching an Argentine tango class last year my partner had put on some of the old-style Argentine music, with accordians and such, and the class was slow and disinterested. A quick change to the pure sex that is the Gotan Project soon made the class sit up and pay attention, and indeed wanting more…

 

Song #3: Let’s Never Stop Falling In Love – Pink Martini

I wrote about Pink Martini in my last post about my favourite music, and I’m sure I’ll write about them again! Words cannot describe my love for this band and this is my favourite song of theirs, I have saved the best ’til last. If you haven’t heard of them I implore you to look them up! They were introduced to me in my teenage years by a dance teacher and they have provided the soundtrack to my life ever since! They are a cuban dancehall-style band full of latin rhythms but with flavours of jazz and other cultures thrown into the mix, all topped off by the beautiful vocals of China Forbes. Their music is sophisticated and sexy but also exciting and each song is vastly different to the last. Let’s never stop falling in love for me is the ultimate love song (I’d like it as my wedding song when the time comes!) and when I heard them perform it live last year in Liverpool it made me really emotional that they were there in front of me playing it live when it means so much to me. Just beautiful!

 

I can’t wait to hear all your interpretations of today’s challenge and maybe discover some new music!

Date a girl who dances salsa

For those who are going out with a Salsera. My other half doesn’t dance and I wish I could explain properly to him that that doesn’t matter to me, this pretty much nails it! Great post!

Rhapsodies of the Barefooted Gypsy

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Date a girl who dances salsa. She is feisty, driven, confident. She dances her way through life in a way that she can dodge a bullet in the most graceful fashion. She is strong–physically, mentally, emotionally. She has arms and legs made solid from hardcore dancing. She’s been stepped on countless times with a 4-inch stiletto, she has fallen face flat on the floor, but that doesn’t stop her from dancing. She knows that like dancing, life continues on with or without music.

A girl who dances salsa is not afraid to make mistakes because she takes every wrong turn as a learning curve. She is a girl with a curious soul and an open mind. She will try bachata or kizomba, hiphop, even rumba. She will say yes to a new form of dance even when she has zero knowledge about it because a girl who dances salsa is…

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Ready for Rio!

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If there’s one thing my other half and I disagree about, it’s football. He loves the English Premier League and all that when, let’s just say, I’m not a big fan. At all. I could go on about reasons why but I’m not going to, it’s boring enough as it is! He doesn’t however like the World Cup, whereas I do and I can’t wait for Brazil 2014!

You might ask why, when I dislike ‘normal’ football so much, is the World Cup so different? I don’t really have anything against the game itself; it’s only 90 minutes and is usually spent in the pub with friends, but thing that makes the World Cup different is that it brings people together. Instead of the pubs of Manchester being split into rival teams of supporters, the World Cup unites people with a common cause, instead of driving them apart. Which is always nice!

As a lover of all things Latin American though, I’m especially excited this time around because it’s in Brazil. I wish the England squad all the luck in the world and they have my support, but I have always been a fan of watching the Brazilian team. They don’t just play football, they dance football! Dribbles and tackles become samba and when they score, the fans samba with them! So colourful and full of life and music, I’d love to be there to party with them!

So I shall be following the World Cup avidly this year. Perhaps more for the Brazilian party atmosphere than anything else though ;)

Check out the Official World Cup song if you haven’t already, great to get you in the mood and will bring Samba beats to the masses!