“Entre dos Aguas” – Paco de Lucia
The obvious song choice for this week was Bob Dylan’s, The Hurricane. However, I just, just, just couldn’t go another week without presenting this hot lick from Pack de Lucia. It’s been on my on-deck list since the inception of one song today, and I simply could not put it off any longer. So, sorry Bob Dylan. Next time.
So, according to the great compendium of knowledge, Wikipedia, “Paco de Lucía, born Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gómez in Algeciras, Cádiz on December 21, 1947, is a Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer. He is regarded as one of the finest guitarists in the world and the greatest living guitarist of the flamenco genre. He is noted in particular for his dexterity, technique and strength in his right hand, capable of executing extremely fast and fluent picados.
He is a leading proponent of the Modern Flamenco style, and is one of the first flamenco guitarists who has also successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as classical and jazz. He is the winner of the 2004 Prince of Asturias Awards in Arts and in 2010 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Berklee College of Music in Boston.”
According to his website, if he were to visit you in your home he would prefer to eat soup and drink red wine. Do not. I repeat, DO NOT, ask him about guitar or nightmares. At 64 years old he’s still touring, so maybe you’ll have the chance to host.
All I can really say about this song, “Entre dos Aguas”, which comes off his 1975 compilation LP of the same name, is that it his one of his most popular and widely recognizable, and it certainly does justice to his reputation as the most powerful picado- rocking, cross-genre playing flamenco guitarist of all time.