Happy Monday and Happy Birthday to La Chamana, Chavela Vargas!
This first song is one we heard on La Mujer del Vendaval, sung a capella on a bus. Do I even need to say Chavela’s version is better? This is Mía no Más:
Latieron dos corazones juntando su desvarío, uno habrá de ser tuyo el otro debía ser mío….
And this one, Soledad…this is what every sad breakup song wants to be when it grows up:
Soledad, los arrollos están secos, en las calles hay mil ecos que te gritan sin cesar….
Obviously with a life and a body of work like Chavela Vargas, this is not even the tiniest scratch of the surface. If you’re looking for more information, you can check out these articles from NPR, the New Yorker, and El Pais. There’s also a documentary that’s currently making the rounds at film festivals. She wrote an autobiography in 2002, Y si quieres saber de mi pasado, and co-authored a biography with Maria Cortina in 2009, Las Verdades de Chavela.
Have a great week!