We often look at history and examine it's impact on current times. In the case of the Dominican Republic this darkness is revisited. This is not a blog in the normal sense, but a link provided for one catastrophic judicial event on Dominican soil. I cannot find voice in my mind to re-tell this story. Nor can I write my opinions as my mind races a million miles a minute with the possible consequences of upcoming actions and the impact on people's lives and the impact on the Dominican Republic.
This is a brief post in honor of an artist that recently (this week) passed away. If you are an 80′s kid, just like me, you will remember El Natural and his music.
The last time I heard this song must have being around 25 years ago, still, I could remember it. His music and his singing (sometimes compared to El Caballo Mayor, Johnnie Ventura) were very funky and happy.
Richie Ricardo, descanse en paz. You let your mark on the Latin Music world. You may go in peace and be satisfied. Just like this song says: Hay cosas maravillosas que en esta vida no se olvidan (there are wonderful thing that are unforgettable in your life) that is how El Natural music is.
Equilibrio perfecto de lo ayer y lo de hoy.
Este artista con quien a mi modo de ver, tenemos una deuda insaldable, junto con sus cómplices; en el buen sentido de la palabra, del Grupo Aventura, nos sorprende con una nueva canción: Propuesta indecente.
Una integración de Bachata, Bolero, Tango y “música moderna”
Romeo a dado otro salto mortal, un giro inesperado (siempre logra engañarnos) ha colocado la bachata frente al espejo pero, este parece devolverle la imagen del pasado y presente sin distorsión: maracas, bajo baby o su sonido, congas y tumbao` de bolero.
Viewing this video is like being visited by a gentle Ghost. A Ghost in la Calle 30 de Marzo of la Ciudad Corazon. The Hotel Mercedes Does not exists anymore in the heart of Santiago. Yet trough the magic of video that gorgeous Colonial Monster is still alive, the video of “Mesita de Noche” Bachata written and sang by Victor Victor.
I think Victor Victor never imagined that when he composed that song it was going to be capable of unleashing so much nostalgia for many Dominicans. The nostalgia of the tune itself and of the video, which depicts many places that are not there anymore. Is so sad how beautiful old things are abandoned and forgotten. I will not allow that to happen with this tune. Is such a paradox that the lyrics of the songs are exactly about not allowing someone to forget. He tells the object of his affection: “I will save your love in my night stand, it is like a pendant hanging from the middle of my heart”
Now, as you have seen by me previous posts I am all about the Dominican Music of the 80′s. Today I have a little jewel for you, a gem I save in my night stand: “Mi Mesita de Noche” by Dominican singer/songwriter Victor Victor.
About the author. Along with Juan Luis Guerra and El Terror, Mr. Luis Dias, Victor Victor was one of the Dominican musicians that started kind of “refining” Bachata back in the 80′s and 90′s. While is not Bachata pura, the three gentlemen mentioned before deserve a lot of credit for helping Bachata become part of the mainstream in Domican Republic and breaking the stigma that it was music for uneducated people. I think their contribution is important and is a reason of the acceptance of new Bachateros such as Aventura, Prince Royce and Romeo Santos.
Below the lyrics of “Mesita de Noche” translated into English for your enjoyment:
“Mesita de Noche” (“Nightstand”)
Do not ask me to leave
You will not get me to do that
The love in me, The love in me
Accompany me to the end.
No you do not want to look
If your eyes are my light
Two stars that illuminate me
At night. The reason the blue sea …
Because I keep your love
On my nightstand
Going on as a pendant
In the middle of the heart (Bis)
The portrait of my dreams
Take your face painted
You do not want me to delete
O my soul will die …
You hear people talking of the chicken buses through all of Latin America. I have yet to see a chicken on the guagua. So here, I don't think the title CHICKEN BUS applies! Though some of the guaguas do look beat up enough to be chicken coops. Passengers do bring an amazing assortment of goods on board. In a country where poverty is extreme, bringing home your purchases on a bus or motorcycle is common place.
Bachata: Waxing Poetic on my Childhood’s Soundtrack.
Bachata is blasting on speakers. First thing in the morning. My neighbors don’t discriminate and don’t care whether you slept, whether you are tired from an overnight job and are going to bed at 6 a.m. They just don’t care. I don’t care ether. Bachata has turned into a lullaby. That is what happens if you live in Washington Heights, aka Platanoland here in New York. You learn to love the blasting Bachata. It turns in to a lullaby either at 6:00 am or at 12:00pm. Bachata will be there when you go to bed to sleep and will be there and when you wake up. If you don’t enjoy Bachata, after a month living in the Heights, trust me my darling, you will learn to love it.
I remember that one of the first Bachatas I ever heard was “Por mi Madre que Yo No fui” by Marino Perez. Back then, I must have being 4 years old. Like any good Dominican kid from el campo I used to run naked on the muddy streets of Angostura (mi pueblo). I can recall the streets of the Campo I grew in in Puerto Plata had no asphalt. Back then I was free and natural. Barefoot. There was no malice. There was no scandal on kids running naked. I felt free. Back in the days of my childhood, there was Bachata blasting in the Dominican speakers as well.
I could have never foreseen what Bachata was going to turn into. I could have never foreseen that it was going to become this beloved monster that tons of people love and enjoy. I am still a naked country boy of Angustura. I am happy to see the world has united to love my childhood soundtrack. Somehow I feel part of something bigger. A community united on the love of music.
La mejor forma de launch este Blog es con música del gran cantautor Dominicano Juan Luis Guerra & 4:40, Letras en este caso.
Les dejo con esta canción tan hermosa, escogida estratégicamente para que le de buen mojo a esta pagina.
Disfruten y bienvenidos al blog de Pin Bencosme!