Thursday, 9 February 2012

WORLD MUSIC CORNER - Ely Guerra - 'Dime Cuando Comenzo el Dolor' / Calexico - 'Minas de Cobre'

Have music will travel...anybody have any songs which upon hearing will evoke a memory of travelling somewhere?

There's nothing I like better than gazing out the window, headphones on, lost in your thoughts. Whether it's on a plane (see SH's post), train or automobile, I find it's the perfect time to listen to music.

Of course anywhere I go I inevitably have to make a playlist, preferably with songs with some sort of relevance to my destination. Knowing full well that on my return to reality, I can listen to these songs again and use them as musical transport, conjuring up memories which take me back to these places.

Ely Guerra - Dime Cuando Comenzo el Dolor (2000)

It was taken from the soundtrack to the 2000 film, 'Amores Perros', supposedly Mexico's answer to Pulp Fiction, which I was also listening to at the time.

I remember listening to this song on a bus (not like Coach Trip) from Ronda (not like the Welsh valley) to Seville, looking out on the amazing Spanish countryside, it was stinking hot. The heat was most welcome as the weather had conspired against us throughout our trip, being like Rhondda (like the Welsh valley), wet and miserable. Ely Guerra's sultry tones evokes happy memories of that fantastic trip, eating olives the size of apples, sipping ice cold Fino sherry and washed down with a Cruzcampo chaser, good times. Especially when we stumbled into a Spanish bar where the locals were putting on an incredible impromptu flamenco session, needless to say it was amazing. Mucho pasion!!!

Muy Guapa...ooh calor!
Ely Guerra - 'Dime Cuando Comenzo el Dolor'

Calexico - Minas de Cobre (for better metal) (1998)

Back in 2005, Mexico was the destination for my sister's wedding, very nice indeed. It was a small family affair and we were all tasked to pick 4 songs each with a Mexican theme, with the idea to create a playlist that'll keep everyone happy. Amongst the four, I had picked this Mayan gem and it was probably the most appropriate of songs. We were on the way back to the coast from a hot and exhausting day visiting the incredible Mayan temple of Chichen-Itza (where I made a sacrifice of sharing my crisps at lunch). Again, I found myself gazing out at the Mexican landscape. The sun was going down, a little drowsy from the refreshing beer we had before we left, passing all these little villages, many with the ubiquitous church square....perfect.

Calexico - Minas de Cobre

Next week on 'Great Bus Journey's of the World', we'll take the no.81 from Hounslow to Slough. Music aside that ride was a complete circus, guaranteed a story every trip! Anyway click here for more World Music Corner....

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WORLD MUSIC CORNER - Ely Guerra - 'Dime Cuando Comenzo el Dolor' / Calexico - 'Minas de Cobre'
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9 February 2012 at 10:45

Two fabulous choices! I too think of that bus journey back from Chitchen-Itza and was listening to Calexico. The locals drinking cervezas with their chickens pecking away at their heels springs to mind. This song always makes me want to cry, I love it so much. Excellent live too, they always put on a show.

9 February 2012 at 13:45

That song was amazing live in Bristol, jaw dropping, goosepimple inducing stuff!!

9 February 2012 at 19:55

Great songs and memories. Funnily enough the train journey from Seville to Granada makes me think of a mixtape Kate and I were listening to that Kate's sister put together. Today by the Smashing Pumpkins and Full Moon Empty Heart by Belly still makes me think of that journey. And Little Fluffy Clouds by The Orb reminds me of driving across the Mojave desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas just as the sun was going down. Sadly I was with my boss that time and not Kate.

10 February 2012 at 10:03

Really nice tunes Jon, I forgot about Belly. I used to/still like a song called 'Low Red Moon', I'll have to dig that out. 'Little Fluffy Clouds' would have been perfect. I remember camping out in the Mojave, we had a mixtape but one song stood out was 'Our Friends Electric'.

10 February 2012 at 17:14

I too was on that bus journey I ....remember it so well I was listening to Van Morrison's the 'Magic Time'. ...Both great songs by the way.

11 February 2012 at 14:58

Good story. I like the Ely Guerra track, sexy & spicy enough to make me want to pull out the tobasco sauce....oh and the Calexico track makes me want to ride a stallion through mexico, firing a fictional gun in the air - red dead redemption style! I need a tequilla!