It’s a ton of fun to discover a video capturing a very authentic moment from a talented performer. You can find recordings and videos of this song performed with all of Los Lobos, but I really like this duet. This performance feels very personal.
It’s always difficult for me to define the genre I write in. Some of my music sounds classical or baroque. Some sounds Latin. In the end, I think I just write music for guitar. I also think it tempting to classify Los Lobos’ music as Latin or some descendent of that tradition. In the end, I just like what I hear, and I appreciate their attention to detail. I hope that their style has crept into my writing vocabulary, and maybe someday I will craft a song as amazing as this one.
I don’t think you can listen to this song without noticing the rhythms. There’s a lot going on here. Not just the obvious stuff, but the subtle stuff too. It’s enough to consider what it would take to learn and play this song on guitar, but to sing at the same time has to be the proverbial rubbing of the belly and patting of the head. Amazing.