Sunday morning and I am in need of a little kick. Maybe a little flamenco music? There something in the energy and precision of the music and the dance that makes it invigorating while still feeling calm. And that seems right this morning. Just want I want and need.
Flamenco always reminds me of El Jaleo, the huge ( it’s about 8′ by 11′ in size) masterpiece shown above from John Singer Sargent. that hangs in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The very large painting at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum in Washington, shown here on the right, is actually a study for the dancer in El Jaleo although I think most people who see it think it works very well as its own painting.
If we’re going to have some flamenco this morning I think we should hear from the late great Paco de Lucia, king of flamenco guitar and one of the great guitarists of all time. Here he is a year or two before his death in 2012 with his Buleria por Solea, the buleria referring to the 12 beat rhythm of flamenco. Enjoy and have a great Sunday as your Thanksgiving holiday winds down.