April Writing Challenge, Day 6:
Put Your music player on shuffle and write about the first 3 songs that play…talk about those songs….
Song 1: Fue Un Placer Conocerte – Rocío Durcal
No brainer. Rocio Durcal is one the best singers of all time in my book. Since her passing a few years ago, I have yet to see a great female artist who worked it like Rocio. Born in Spain, she was like a Gidget type of artist, very poppy music and all that. It wasn’t until she recorded rancheras with el mariachi that she became internationally famous. I remember watching her on TV all of the time and I remember that she was Mama’s very favorite singer ever.
When I got into radio, Rocio’s music was one of the things that I could share with Mama. It’s funny, any one who knows me, knows that with all of the hook-ups that I had to concerts, etc., that my familia wasn’t really into that, so it was very rare to see my parents at any events where I was working. Except for Rocio: my mother was always ready to see Rocio in concert and I loved to be able to make this happen for her.
Somehow it always seemed to be me taking Mama to the casinos and you know how casinos are, in the middle of nowhere so it’s a guaranteed long drive. Some of my best memories were blasting Rocio Durcal in the car and watching Mama transform from tense and apurada to relaxed, happy, and she would sing LOUD too especially on the way to the casinos…on the way back, she would be lost in thought enjoying the music. Mama had her favorite Rocio songs and so did I, but this song was one that we both LOVED…and would sing it a todo volumen, she did the high part, I did the low part LOL. Here’s the super duo of Rocio Durcal and Juan Gabriel, “Fue Un Placer Conocerte”
Song 2: Que Culpa Tengo, Little Joe y La Familia
omg! This is one song that I regularly saaaaang in the Jeep at full blast! It is one of the very first Tejano songs I heard in my life and it’s such a classic that always sounds good. I must find a karaoke somewhere or have a few drinks and make my familia MTB back me up on this LOL.
I love the song because it’s kinda in your face, basically it’s “you knew how I was when you met me, NOW it’s a problem?” These are my favorite songs ever to sing because there is no way that you can halfass this type of song, you really have to feel it, to be one beat short of letting out a grito when you sing it. I’ve listened to enough Little Joe songs in my life to think that HE has to like these types of songs, because he sings so many of them, and has sung himself into legend-status.
As I was listening to this song, I was scrolling Facebook and see that my immensely-talented godson nephew MT3 was playing with his boss, Little Joe, in front of the Alamo for FiestaSanAntonio a few hours ago. It’s so cool to watch familia workin it with this Tejano legend. If I know MT3, he probably still gets a little starstruck and I looove that he’s out there repping our family name with the big boys.
The minute I heard Tejano music, I related INSTANTLY. Related to the fact that I just KNEW that these guys were from this side of the border, speaking English first, Spanglish second LOL, loving our roots and having mad respect for the motherland but doing things our own way. To hear Little Joe’s grito and shouting stuff in English like, “put it on!” like he does at the beginning of the song blew my mind out back in the day. Here is “Que Culpa Tengo” by Little Joe y La Familia…classic.
Song 3: Workin’ on a Groovy Thing, Patti Drew
First time I heard this song, it was when we were little and it was part of our Ita’s awesome record collection. She may be a quiet and reserved person, but this lady has always loved music and especially this type of music. My Grijalva cousins also loved this song so I heard it a lot as we hung out with them a lot back in the day.
The second time I remember hearing this song, sis Kiki was looking all over the place for a copy of this song, yes, this was before ‘You Tube’ and online radio.
A couple of years ago, I came upon this song on You Tube and really really got into it. It’s one of the ones that I TRY to sing in the Jeep. Sounds easy, but it’s a very hard song to sing and the one person who can really sing it and who has the air to hit all of the notes is, you guessed it, Kiki.
It’s also a great ‘driving’ song. I drive so much that I need good music to keep me going! Here’s Patti Drew, ‘Workin On A Groovy Thing’