Category Archives: Songs

“y siempre en el sepulcro estaré ardiendo”

This is a mestizo post because it starts with some famous jarana criolla with my old professor Pepe Durand! After that, it offers an article by Charles Hale on the future of Latin American Studies. Then, it just keeps on mixing. ¡Adentro!

My Vallejo problem is and always has been a research problem and not a writing problem. I can expand on this if asked but I will not write the reasoning out because I understand it perfectly. I have had this problem with other projects as well, always under pressure, and my entire series of “What Is A Scholar?” posts, together with all of my ranting and raving against academic advice, are in essence a long defense of research.

If I had a student of the right kind I would suggest a dissertation topic: Quevedo and Vallejo. I have found this book on Quevedo that I would like to read. We know Vallejo studied Quevedo’s use of language very closely but I wonder to what extent his themes are also Quevedian themes. This would, or could at least, mean that still more of his work than we realize is literary and not autobiographical (although it is also that).

Anger, chaos, mirrors, tombs, dust, shadows, distortions, faith, non faith …

I am reminded here, once again, of this piece on Robert Johnson where it is revealed that he got much of his material not from direct experience but from books.

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Blind Willie McTell

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The Great American Songbooks

I just bought two books I should not have, but I really want this as well.

(My kingdom for a library — or for a university press bookstore one could stand and read in for hours.)

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Pour les cours

I am thinking of having a flamenco unit in one of my spring courses, and this is an interesting collection of lyrics. What do you recommend?

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“Ese trabajo gris que haces en tu casa, a solas”

That is practicing the guitar, according to Paco de Lucía, a great guitarist with a great phrase on the work that goes into producing beauty.

In fascinating news of Flamenco artists there is this, too, on Camarón de la Isla:

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That Socialist Songbook

It seems that many of the freedom songs we studied so assiduously in early elementary school were actually from the Socialist Songbook. The plot thickens, and I am not complaining.

There is this: “Ain’t going to let electric prodders / turn me ’round / I’m a marching to freedom land.” That is from the 1950s, in the United States.

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We’re going to let it shine

“I’m so glad I’m fighting for my rights, singing glory Hallelujah, I’m so glad.”

#OccupyHE

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