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The idea for this article came to me when I was watching on TV the musical channel VH1. In one of its Top 100 lists the only Spanish song that I saw was one called 'Aserejé' by a band formed by three girls from Seville (a band that no longer exists or, at least, nobody talks about it). That song was presented in Eurovision contest, and I think that it has little success in the contest.

As I remembered that the only song that was famous outside Spain was 'Macarena' by 'Los del Río', that it is not the best song of the group, I thought about the image about Spanish music that will have in other countries. And I surprised about the fact that the vision will be a little incomplete. So, I will write some lines about spanish music.

First of all, I must tell something that perhaps will disappoint to the ones that think that Spain is an exotic country regarding music. Spain is completely 'globalised' and we (Spanish people) do not mind if a the lyrics of a song are in a language that we can not understand. By this, at the moment of writing this, in the lists of most successful songs in Spain we have, for instance, in the first place 'Timber' by Pitbull, the second one is 'The monster' by Eminem. The fourth is 'Wrecking ball' by Miley Cyrus, the sixth place is for 'Hey brother' by Avicii and the eighth for 'Royals' by Lorde. The first spanish singer is in ninth place. I think that all these artists that I have mentioned are very international, so the music that is widely heard in Spain is similar to the one that is successful in USA, UK, France, Germany...

Well, let's start. I wrote above that only 'Aserejé' and 'Macarena' were successful outside Spain. It was an unfair remark. Do you like Mike Oldfield's songs? Do you remember this nice theme: The Song of the Sun? www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFd_Fl… Did you know that is a traditional Galician song, interpreted by 'Luar na lubre' called 'O son do ar' (the sound/song of the air)?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO7bUh… . Mike Oldfield was a friend of 'Luar na lubre' musicians and he decided adapt 'O son do ar' and he created 'The song of the Sun'.

In fact, Galicia, in Northwest Spain, is considered one of 'celtic countries' (as Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and others). In 1990 decade, when celtic music was very successful, some celtic bands and musicians from Galicia became a little bit famous performing songs based in galician folklore. One of them, Carlos Nuñez, tried to write some pop music based in the celtic folklore and he composed 'El Pozo de Aran' (The well of Aran) www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSbueV… The singer is portuguese and she has a slight Portuguese accent. The song is about a mother whose son is blind. One night, she dreams about a magic well whose water could cure her son, but she does not know where
that well is. An old woman (probably a fortune-teller) says to her that this magic well is in the island of Aran, in Ireland. And mother and son travel to Aran. In this song, you can hear (and see in the video) the Galician pipes. As another spanish piper told in a concert, pipers use to play also a lot of different kinds of flutes. Carlos Nuñez, in this theme, plays several flutes and, of course, galician pipes.

If you like classical music, you will probably know what a polka is. I am talking about the style from Center Europe, very often performed in classical music concerts. There exists a slight polka tradition in Spain, mainly in Northern Spain. There is a pop band called 'Celtas cortos' (perhaps translatable as 'Short celts', but not transmitting exactly the idea of no tall celts...) that has a lot of polkas, for instance '¡Ya está bien!' (End of deal!): www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmDdXr… . The lyrics are a rant about government and too powerful people. These songs are very very funny for dancing as polkas.

It is possible that you have heard about 'paso doble' or 'pasodoble'. It is one of the musical styles that everybody identifies immediately as Spanish, and it is true. It is a musical style derived from military marches, written in 2/4 or 4/4 time signature. It is commonly related to bullfighting, and that is also correct, because during bullfights there are small orchestras that perform live music, and they play usually 'pasodobles'. However, there are some common beliefs about this kind of music and dancing style that are wrong.

Although a lot of choreographers add to 'pasodoble' flamenco steps and arm positioning, pure 'pasodoble' dance has little in common with flamenco. Classical 'pasodoble' dance style is danced in closed position, and flamenco is usually danced without taking the partner's hands. In some classical 'pasodoble' dance figures you have to release your partner, but only sometimes. Another mistake is considering 'pasodoble' as a 'sensual dance'. Bachata and Merengue can be sensual, but not 'pasodoble' where men must adopt a gallant pose and women a slightly vain and indifferent one. A similar problem exists with tango, in which both dancers must express passion that is not exactly the same that expressing sensuality.

And other common mistake is thinking that 'pasodoble' is only a 'popular' music, for parties in small villages. In fact, this musical style has been performed traditionally by high level orchestras and in the Spanish version of Opera (called 'zarzuela') 'pasodobles' are performed between waltzes, polkas and others. For an example, here is an orchestral version of 'Suspiros de España' (perhaps... 'sighs of/from Spain): www.youtube.com/watch?v=61S4V0… .

And finally, an old fashioned style that some singers are trying to revitalise and, like 'pasodoble', it is immediately related with Spain and it is a very correct relationship. I am talking about the 'copla'. Defining the 'copla' is not easy, because we are not talking about a single musical style. It is a way of singing and writing lyrics that can be performed with several musical styles. For instance, you can sing 'copla' with spanish rumba, bolero, pasodoble and others. Usually, 'copla' is never only instrumental and the singer must have a particular kind of voice. They must be capable of maintain a note during long time and they must have a very loud voice, because sometimes they have to sing in low voice and in other parts of the sing , very loudly. An American singer with a similar voice could be the wonderful artist Mary Fahl, excepting that her voice is not enough powerful due to its deepness.

As an example, here is a version of 'Ojos verdes' (Green eyes) performed by Pasion Vega in 2005-2008: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu659r… . This song was performed by Conchita Piquer in the first years of 1930 decade. I say that Mary Fahl  has the same type of voice due, for instance, to that song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu8Oub… (that is also spanish, but from 11th-13th centuries, and is sung in 'mozarabic' language).

I hope that you enjoyed this journal entry.

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