This Week On Alt.Latino: Happy Chocolate Manufacturer's Day

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I'm one of those who thinks Valentine's Day was invented by chocolate manufacturers to boost sales.

The "holiday" has become like New Year's Eve parties: forced merriment and way too much expectation to have a good time. In this case, you're in very bad shape if you don't do something special for the one you love.

Which fits with the collection of songs on this, our Valentine's Day show.

Turns out that when we looked at the list of songs that we each brought this week, there was just one 'happy, falling in love' song.

Are the rest sad?

Not really. They merely take a realistic look at love with all its challenges.

Not to get all Dr. Phil on you, but it's easy to fall in love. What happens after — that's what these songs are about.

What fascinated me this week how each of the songwriters choose to interpret their lyrics musically. Some are indeed dirge-like, but others are counterintuitively peppy. Love in all styles and rhythms.

Wherever you are romantically, give us a listen and let us know what you think. We'll put together a list of your songs for Feb. 14.

Wait, February 14… that reminds me... I better buy some chocolates for my wife!


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Esta Semana En Alt.Latino: Feliz Día De Los Enamorados

Yo soy de esas personas que piensan que el día de los enamorados fue inventado por los vendedores de chocolates para ayudar con las ventas.

Es una fecha que se ha convertido en algo parecido a las fiestas de año nuevo: alegría forzada y demasiadas expectativas. Y si en el día de los enamorados no haces algo super romántico por la persona a quien amas, estas en serios problemas.

Este es el sentimiento detrás de nuestro show para el día de los enamorados: No incluimos muchas canciones de amor y felicidad.

Pero tampoco son canciones tristes.

Simplemente esta semana elegimos canciones realistas acerca del amor y sus desafíos.

No pretendo ser un psicólogo, pero pienso que es fácil enamorarse. Lo difícil es lo que le sigue a ese periodo inicial de euforia y romance. Y de eso se tratan las canciones que elegimos para compartir con ustedes esta semana.

Lo que a mi me fascinó esta semana es la música que cada uno de los cantautores eligió para interpretar sus letras. Algunos crearon melodías casi fúnebres, pero otras son sorprendentemente alegres. El amor en todos los estilos y ritmos.

Lo cual me recuerda… ¡ya casi es el día de los enamorados! ¡Y aun no le he comprado chocolates a mi esposa!



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