What’s Your Soundtrack?
Living in New England, I sometimes feel disconnected from the vibrant Latino community I grew up around. However, with today marking the official start of Hispanic Heritage Month I know it will be easy to find celebrations of our beautiful culture – on TV, around town at local businesses and festivals, on the radio. It’s a whole month where I know I might find a bit of home around any given corner.
Even though we only “officially” get one month to celebrate our culture, I make it a point to celebrate my heritage as often as possible. Music is my favorite way to feel the island blood flowing through my veins and a little closer to home. Most days any salsa or merengue CD will put a smile on my face and a bit of diva in my hips. But there are days that require a bit more than just any old tune. Over the years I’ve created my own little soundtrack that puts me en mi propia isla. A soundtrack of favorites from years spent celebrating at quinces, weddings and just because; a soundtrack lleno de sabor.
Here is a glimpse at my island soundtrack. I’d love to learn what songs connect you to your roots. Virtual dance party anyone?
- Si Voy A Perderte by Gloria Estefan
- Nuestro Dia Viene Llegando by Willie Chirino We did a dance number to this song when I was in dance school. Being from a large Cuban community, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house and I remember being able to feel the weight of everyone’s emotion. It gets me everytime.
- Ese Honbre by La India In high school, this was the ultimate female bonding song, think the Latina version of “I Will Survive”.
- Esa Nina by Jerry Rivera
- Tiempo de Vals by Chayanne The official quince anthem the year my friends and I celebrated our passage into womanhood.
- Bachata Rosa by Juan Luis Guerra
- Quimbara by Celia Cruz I’m a fierce party of one if you play this one!
- El Africano by Wilfrido Vargas The version I’ve linked to here is not the one I grew up with; the one I remember I believe was sung by a woman so if you can shed any light on the matter let me know in the comments.
- Vivir Lo Nuestro by Marc Anthony and La India
- Lluvia by Eddie Santiago
- Lo Que Esta Pa’ Ti by Willy Chirino
Now it’s your turn; let’s get this party started!