Alma Viejo= Old soul

I always talk about this old soul thing I got goin on. Its weird, but i really do feel some inexplicable connection to old music. I think its in the lyrics, arrangements and soul that some of the old singers sang with. It feels more authentic and just real. I can honestly say that I am in love with Bolero; an old slow-tempo type of latin music. I recently delved deeper into bolero and found the song Dos Gardenias a few days ago, the words and lyrics are so beautiful, [lucky for me, my spanish is good enough i caught everything]. I think one of the most beautiful things about this music is that even if you dont know what the words mean, the message and soul of the song still hit you. I’ve listened to Ibrahim Ferrer’s version of Dos Gardenias over and over for the past few days and it never gets old. Speaking of, Ibrahim Ferrer, I have to acknowledge the fact that he was one of the best voices ever[you thought i was gonna say in Bolero lol]. He sings the Bolero like no one else. I saw the whole Buena Vista Social club documentary this summer and was shaken to the core by all the talent and heart.I think its something real special when you find something that moves you that much. But anyway, Here are the lyrics and translation to Dos Gardenias. Plus i’ll put a bonus song of Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo. The two of them are pretty amazing… but thats for another post lol

Dos Gardenias para tí
Con ellas quiero decir:
Te quiero, te adoro, mi vida
Ponle toda tu atención
Porque son tu corazón y el mío.

Dos gardenias para tí
Que tendrán todo el calor de un beso
De esos besos que te dí
Y que jamás encontrarás
En el calor de otro querer.
A tu lado vivirán y se hablarán

Como cuando estás conmigo
Y hasta creerás que te dirán:
Te quiero.
Pero si un atardecer
Las gardenias de mi amor se mueren
Es porque han adivinado
Que tu amor me ha traicionado
Porque existe otro querer.

English Translation
Two Gardenias for you
With these I mean to say:
I love you, I adore you, my life
Look after them because
They are your heart and mine.

Two Gardenias for you
With all the warmth of a kiss
Like those I gave to you
Kisses that you will never know
In the embrace of another.
They will live beside you
And talk to you as I do
And you will even believe that you hear them say:
I love you.
But if one late evening
The Gardenias should die
It´s because they know
That you have betrayed me

And that you love another.


About julian watkins
I'm a young doctor living in the Miami area. I try to live life to the fullest every day. I love music, movies, art, running, politics, books, traveling, pretty girls and cool looking stuff. I started this blog in Medical School and I'll try to keep it up throughout my residency. I'll take everything one day, one photo, one song at a time.

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