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Thread #151714 Message #3768697
Posted By: Joe Offer
28-Jan-16 - 03:42 AM
Thread Name: ADD: Songs from Natalie Cole: En Espanol
Subject: RE: ADD: Songs from Natalie Cole: En Espanol
OK, so now it would be appropriate to ask why I'd bother to post these lyrics in a folk music forum. I guess all these songs fall into the category of "easy listening" music. There were earlier times in my life when I derided "easy listening." It was my dad's music, and he listened to it constantly and he often sang along.
Was this "authentic" Hispanic music? I don't think so. This was music performed by Latin American "big bands" in nightclubs all over the Americas, and I think the primary audience was (North) Americans and wealthy Latin Americans. And lots of North American singers like Nat "King" Cole sang these songs, often with horrible pronunciation.
So, I dunno. There are all sorts of reasons why I should condemn and ignore this music. But I grew up with this music, and I like it.
Same goes for the Italian songs that were so popular in the 1950s and 1960s. How could a person not like "Volare"?