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Relax. Breathe. Enjoy.

Malagueña Salerosa — also known as La Malagueña — is a well-known Son Huasteco or Huapango song from Mexico, which has been covered more than 200 times[1] by recording artists.

The song is that of a man telling a woman (from Málaga, Spain) how beautiful she is, and how he would love to be her man, but that he understands her rejecting him for being too poor.

Bonus – What is up with those strings?  The answer below the fold dear readers.

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System of Down with their anti-capitalist bent, fills the bill when us dirty socialists need to rock out.

It’s quite rare for me to listen to death metal vocals and I listen to cutesy j-pop songs even less. I find it difficult to rock out to unintelligible growling and overly cute things just annoy me. But what magic could be uncovered if these two extremes were somehow combined? It could be a delicious juxtaposition, just the kind of oddity that could tantalize my delight in the irregular. But, really, who, if anyone, could pull off such an unlikely merger? Who could possibly tap into that seemingly unreachable potential, achieve balance to the force, and produce something truly amazing?

Ladybeard, that’s who.

Ladybeard is an Australian. An actor. A pro wrestler. A martial artist. A metal singer. A cosplayer extraordinaire. And now, an international pop sensation. I am most pleased to present to you Ladybaby, a group comprised of Ladybeard, Rei, and Rie, and their 2014 single, “Nippon Manju” – which translates loosely to Japanese Sweet Rice Bun – a song about all the fun and awesome things to be found in Japan.

The delight I feel watching this is difficult for me to express. There are just so many levels of expectations and norms being absolutely destroyed in the name of spreading joy, fun, and happiness. I can think of no nobler pursuit. The global celebration of Ladybaby can only make the world a better place.

If you’d like to see more fantastic images of Ladybeard, here’s a link. Here are my personal favourites:


Chair dancing, head bopping, and of course the”air-brass” solo. :)  Late in the Evening is a Paul Simon tune I grew up rocking out too.  So now you can too.


On Sunday mornings, I get up shortly after Arb leaves for work, and move from the cozy, snuggly bed to the equally snuggly sofa.  I make a cup of coffee and listen to Sunday Breakfast on CKUA, and half-doze under at least one cat (depending on Fiona and V’s current level of detente).  This Sunday, as I faded in and out of consciousness, I heard something familiar and yet not.  “This sounds like Piazzolla,” I thought, “but I don’t recognize it.”  Turns out I was right, it was Piazzolla, and the reason I didn’t recognize it was that I’d never heard this composition arranged for violin and harp.  Here, have a listen:

Astor Piazzolla is one of my favourite composers (though if I’m going to actually dance tango I prefer Gardel and Pugliese’s older styles).  Piazzolla grew up playing and composing tango music, but was also deeply interested in jazz and classical music and studied classical composition with Alberto Ginastera and Nadia Boulanger.  At first he tried to keep his classical and tango work separate, but his true genius lay in bringing his classical and jazz sensibilities to his tango compositions.



Inside your pretending
Crimes have been swept aside
Somewhere where they can forget

Divine upper reaches
Still holding on
This ocean will not be grasped
All for nothing

Did you really want
Did you really want
Did you really want
Did you really want


Refuse to surrender
Strung out until ripped apart
Who dares, dares to condemn
All for nothing

Did you really want
Did you really want
Did you really want
Did you really want

I think melancholy might sound something like this.

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