Happy Music

Happy Music

Fanny Lu - singer and song writer
                                          Fanny Lu – Singer

Here is a song that I enjoy listening to. It’s by Fanny Lu, a tall, blond  singer/ song writer (and industrial engineer), and, like Shakira, she’s from Columbia.

In the song, her love has left. She doesn’t know where he’s gone, and she’s  lost track of the days. He doesn’t have to bring her flowers or chocolates. He doesn’t have to  explain. She just wants him back – to feel his heat, his caress, and to hear him say he loves her – and that “she’s the woman he most admires” [curious].  She feels sorry for him night after night with her. She knows she’s not perfect, but her love already has its owner and its price.

There is something about the song – particularly in the chorus that is playful, bubbly, and full of life, and the song is hopeful. She personalizes the song with “A-haa!” and “Ay Diosito” (like “baby God”), “Ay ya yay”, laughing, and “Viene! Viene!” (Come, Come!).  Even the accordion is right. My body moves to the rhythm and wants to get up and move or dance. I just can’t feel other than happy listening to it. I play it as a treat when I go walking.

Here’s the song. Hope you like it.

I Don’t Ask You for Flower (No Te Pido Flores) – Fanny Lu

 

Accordions and Mexican Music

Includes Accordion and don't forget the Tuba (talk about a heavy metal band!)
Includes Accordion and don’t forget the Tuba

Speaking of curious, have you ever listened to Mexican Music and thought that sounds like a polka and wondered “how did that get there”?
And why is the accordion so popular an instrument (kinda like Alabama’s song  – “…if you’re going to play in Monterrey, you’ve got to have an accordion in the band…”)?

250px-Emperador_Maximiliano_I_de_Mexico
Maximilian – Emperor for 3 years

Seems there were a lot of Austrian, German and Polish immigrants to Mexico in the later 1800’s (including aspiring Austrian invader Emperor Maximilian) who naturally brought their music with them. Many of these settlers located in Northern Mexico bringing instruments from home including the accordion.  One stream of this influence evolved into Norteño music which has become popular as far south as Columbia and Chile. So, if you’re listening to Mexican or Latin American music and it sounds like a polka, it is – Mexican style!

 

 

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