Nueva Cancion, 60s/70s Pop, and Movida Madrileña
Curated by Jared van Fleet
Total Runtime: 0:19:09
The Live Music Show curated by Jared van Fleet
this is a Network Awesome Original Production
1 joan manuel serrat - mediterraneo
2 victor jara - te recuerdo amanda
3 silvio rodriguez - y nada mas
4 marisol - corazon contento
5 adamo - la noche
6 jeanette - porque te vas
7 aviador dro - nuclear si
8 caetano veloso - cucurrucucu paloma
9 lhasa de sela - de cara a la pared
Like many people, I suppose, I can think of a lot of videos that I would want to include in a Live Music Show. But the show can only fit so much, and I want it to be at least somewhat cohesive. So in the end I decided, somewhat arbitrarily, to do a set comprised exclusively of popular songs in Spanish.
The first three songs are from writers and performers commonly associated with Nueva Canción, a latin folk music movement in the late 60s and 70s which pushed the boundaries of lyrics, usually through a strong commitment to social justice, while embracing traditional folk music forms. Not unlike what was happening with folk throughout the rest of the world at that time.
After that, there is some typical 60s and 70s pop. Marisol is actually an interesting figure in Spanish popular culture, a former child actress/singer with a strong and unique voice, she was a lot more than just another yeh-yeh girl. "La Noche" was a hit for Adamo in French as "La Nuit", and as they commonly did back then, he did versions in other languages, as well. Jeanette did the same for "Porque Te Vas", but the Spanish version is the only one really able to pull off the title's play-on-words. How about that studio audience? Finally, there's Aviador Dro, part of the Movida Madrileña, an explosion of culture and experimentation in the years following the death of Franco in Spain.
The last two songs are unrelated... I just didn't know how to exclude Caetano's flawless vocal performance, in a song many people might recognize from Almodovar's movie "Hable Con Ella". And I really felt I should share one of my favorite songs by Lhasa de Sela, who I think is still under-recognized, at least here in the US.
I'm no expert in any of these genres/movements/artists, by any means, but I've had an enthusiastic interest in them for awhile, especially after starting to learn the language and living for a time in Argentina and Spain. Anyway, my point is, this isn't supposed to be anything definitive, just some personal favorites. Also, I feel like I should give credit to my friend (and one of my favorite songwriters) Mark David Ashworth, who really inspired a lot of my interest in Nueva Canción.
I'm a musician and songwriter originally from Austin, TX, now living in Brooklyn, NY. Over the past several years I've recorded and toured as a guitarist and pianist with several bands, including Voxtrot and Beirut. I've also written and recorded a few songs under the name Sparrow House, and supposedly I'm currently at work on my debut record, although Network Awesome has become quite the distraction.