My 60th Concert

"Las Maņanitas"

An Old Mexican Birthday Song


HAIKU, Maui, Nov 29, 2011 - On Friday night, I sat down and started to play a tune that came to me out of the blue. I had no idea what it was.  It sounded Mexican.  And it was a waltz.  I called Elizabeth to hear it.  She said it was Las Maņanitas, the Mornings in English.  I doodled with it for a bit longer and then forgot all about it.

I woke up on Sunday morning with the same tune in my head. This time, it was clearer.  I heard the orchestra, too, not just the basic melody.  So I went to the piano and started to work the tune and the harmony.  It was a happy, uplifting song.  Elizabeth would sing along and dance as she passed by the piano.  She did not know all the words and asked me if I would look them up.  I did.  I was surprised to see that the song starts out with a reference to King David.  Hm... must be a very old song, I thought. Elizabeth said she knew a different opening verse.  She said the song is usually sung on Mother's Day and on birthdays.

Finally, this afternoon I woke up after a nap with a dream in which I was playing this tune as Elizabeth and I were dancing to it on a cruise ship.  Now, I have never been on a cruise ship and probably would not be caught dead being seen on one.  But we do have them in port here at the Kahului Harbor every Sunday and Monday.  So my vision of the ship in my dream was very real, like that of "Pride of America" in the Kahului Harbor.

When we got up, I knew I had to do something with this music. My guides were being quite persisten.  So I first recored the piano, then the drums, then the flute.  I then mixed them all together in an audio track.  After that, I asked Elizabeth to dance with me to that tune.  We did.  This short video is a fusion of all four art forms. Enjoy!

Las Maņanitas (Morning) - Old Mexican Birthday Song (Nov 29) 

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