I was a rock enthusiast in my younger days. My music ranges from Rolling Stone, Grand Funk, The Who, BTO etc. to compositions by Bob Dylan, CSNY, JT and even songs sang by Joe Cocker. I still appreciate this music but as I grow older, my taste mellowed down and varies depending on my frame of mind.
When I’m in deep contemplation, I like classical as my background music. Mellow jazz puts me in a relaxing mood and in the road I play something that keeps me alert while driving. One of my favorite “road music” is the Gypsy Kings.
Gypsy Kings are not new. They’ve been around for sometimes but in my observation here, very few of our kabayans appreciate them. I guess maybe because they sang in Spanish. I have to admit I don’t understand their lyrics either, except for some smattering of words I learned from Spanish 101. But their melody has that “masa” appeal and the guitar play would be popular among “barkada” gatherings. In fact, I often heard them as background music in TV programs and their rendition of Frank Sinatra’s famous song, My Way, was featured on Pixar’s animation movie, Happy Feet.
Here’s their version of that song:
Although my CD version has a faster tempo, the “live” version is just as great.