Many of us can’t go a day without our ipod, car radios, Pandora mix, or YouTube music videos streaming in the background or on maximum volume over our headphones. And for many Latinos, some of that listening must include Spanish language music.
Most of us have our favorite genres – salsa, merengue, ranchera, bachata to name a few – and many of us enjoy a little bit of everything. Without these lyrics, beats, and melodies filling our homes and our heads, something essential would be missing. We can’t survive without our music because it provides a satisfying backdrop to our days and the perfect punctuation to the ups and down of our lives.
Para bailar: Perhaps the most obvious reason to listen to this music is to dance. More specifically, to dance your ass off. When you want to move, no hay nada como la música Latina. Translation: There is nothing like our music to get the party started. Whether you’re twirling across the floor with your partner or dancing body to body with that sexy someone, this music will rarely disappoint.
For love…and heartache: Spanish language music is typically about love and passion. The topic of even most dance music is about loving that one unforgettable woman (e.g., No Hay Nadie Como Ella, La Querio a Morir) and often about that same woman breaking your heart (e.g., Me Voy, Hasta Ayer). Whether you’re celebrating the rapture of a hot blooded love affair or wallowing in the misery of a wretched heartbreak, our music – equal parts elation and tragedy –will match your mood and eventually set you right.
To connect with your family: An old ballad (from el año uno as my mom would say) has a special ability to reconnect you with your loved ones, especially those you’ve left behind in your native country. Sometimes, the elegance and power of certain instruments – the haunting melody of an Andean flute or the pulsing rhythm of an Afro-Latin drum circle – can transport you to un tiempo pasado, a time when your ancestors walked and danced on this earth. Their music can connect you to a world far bigger than your own.
For everyday life: Of course, no one needs an excuse to listen to Spanish language music. Many Latinos and gringos alike enjoy it without purpose or premise. Whether you’re cooking or cleaning, walking or running, singing or dancing, our music is always a great complement to your daily activities and nighttime shenanigans.
Take a listen…you won’t regret it: