What a week for Syria. We’ve gone from “ready to bomb” to a “congressional pause” to a “plan ruso” that no one understands.
It has also been a good two weeks to remember Barbarito Diez, the legendary Cuban singer who recorded so many of those “danzones” that our parents loved.
I bet that your parents fell in love dancing “danzon”. I can say that mine did!
They spent a lot of Saturday nights dancing “danzon” at Parque Marti in Ciego de Avila. (I mean “Ciego” when it was a town rather than a province)
In fact, it is very likely that my creation was inspired by one of those danzones in Ciego de Avila, Sagua la Grande or somewhere in between. Very good chance of that!
Yes, I’ve been spending a little time listening to “La Mora”, the song about that “mora” in Syria who stole one guy’s heart.
Want to think of Syria without thinking about bombs, cruise missiles or President Obama?
Put Barbarito on the turntable or your CD player and enjoy “La mora”:
“Allá en la Siria hay una mora que tiene los ojos más lindos
que un lucero encantador¡
Ay Mora! Acábame de querer
no me martirices másque mi corazón está que se devora
por quererte tanto mora por quererte tanto mora
¿Cuándo volverá? la noche buena
¿cuándo volverá? el lechoncito
¿cuándo volverá? bien asadito
¿cuándo volverá? los rabanitos
¿cuándo volverá? las lechuguitas
¿cuándo volverá? ay los traguitos……”