We were at the home of friends last night .  Rosa Icela is Mexican, born in Tijuana, and her husband is a Georgia boy who was stationed in San Diego where he met her.  She treated us and other guests, most of whom we knew, to a Mexican dinner.  It was sort of “Tex-Mex” with a decided improvement in flavors: tacos and pico de gallo. Dessert was something I had never had: cheese with candied quince.  After dinner we sat out on their deck on the top of one of the mountains here enjoying the night air, having another glass of wine and talking.  It turned out that Rosa is a singer with a beautiful voice and tremendous repertoire of Mariachi music; the old stuff.  Lynn volunteered that I play guitar, and the son’s guitar showed up in short order.  I had to spend a few minutes getting it back into standard tuning, and then I played a little bit of Malaguena salerosa.  She knew all of the words and parts of the music were unknown to me.  We promised to get together sometime and work out a few songs.

People then wanted me to play bossa nova, other songs with Spanish lyrics and other requests.  I wasn’t able to comply except to play a little of this, the only bossa nova tune I ever learned.  This isn’t exactly a standard.  Folks wanted “The Girl from Ipanema”.

This is the song I have to get down:

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Comment by Rodney Roe on May 21, 2019 at 11:41pm

My previous comment is nearly unintelligible due to “auto incorrect”. Sorry.

Comment by Ron Powell on May 23, 2019 at 2:51pm

Watch and listen to the drummer in this video of the hit recording:

Comment by Ron Powell on May 23, 2019 at 3:13pm

Released In 1963 in the US, the single peaked at number five on the BillboardHot 100, and went to number one for two weeks on the Easy Listening chart.[3]

The song won a Grammy in 1965...


Comment by Rodney Roe on May 24, 2019 at 5:42am

That hair! 

Comment by Rodney Roe on May 24, 2019 at 5:45am

I identified with the invisible young man.

Comment by alsoknownas on May 24, 2019 at 6:36am

Nylon strings Rodney. It will never sound correct to you otherwise. I have a thin bodied cypress and spruce acoustic/ electric nylon Cordoba string guitar and use a wound 2nd and 3rd string for brightness. It does not have any effect however on my sounding Portuguese.

Comment by Ron Powell on May 24, 2019 at 8:33am

Who's hair, Stan's or Astrud's?

Who didn't identify as the invisible guy?

We didn't acquire freedom of hairstyle until this musical phenomenon hit brodway...
Comment by Rodney Roe on May 24, 2019 at 9:55am

I have a Martin S000 with mahogany body made for steel strings. I may try nylon. Why wound 2nd and 3rd?

Comment by Rodney Roe on May 24, 2019 at 9:57am

I saw Hair in Las Vegas in the early ‘70s. It was trendy and powerful.


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