From Spanish Taberna, 'Yo Soy Espanol'

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Esteban Navarro loves Spain, so much that he welcomes travelers to Madrid's Casa Alberto with "Yo Soy Espanol."


And now let's take a divot, a dip, a twist from the imperialism of packaging to the inescapable poll of The Best Song in the World Today. Web editor Laura Conaway is here with her pick. Laura.

LAURA CONAWAY: I'm flying to Spain today, Mike.

PESCA: Really?

CONAWAY: Yeah, my whole family is going to Espana.

PESCA: That's pretty cool. How old's the little tyke?

CONAWAY: The little tyke is six.

PESCA: So does he fly well?

CONAWAY: He flies pretty well, yeah. The problem is, you know, it tends to be next day. It takes a really long time to get there, and my in-laws moved to Espana. They live in Sevilla now, and it's a trip that we end up making kind of a lot.

PESCA: Mm-hm.

CONAWAY: So even though sometimes it sounds kind of exotic to say, you're - well, it's exotic to go anywhere really, but I'm going to Spain, it's so great. Sometimes it's like, OK, pack the stuff, you know, find the passports. Here we go again.

PESCA: Yeah. Yeah, the Spain drill, take 14.

CONAWAY: Yeah. Exactly.

PESCA: So where would you rather go?

CONAWAY: You know, I don't know that I'd rather go anywhere. And this morning I woke up, and I really felt pretty excited biking in to work. I was like, this is going to be great. The last time we got there was right after a snow storm. It took just an excruciatingly long time. We ended up landing the first night in Madrid at this place called the Casa Alberto, and we got these sardines and olives and red wine, and it turns out that Cervantes lived upstairs in - from the same tavern, while he was writing "Don Quixote."

PESCA: That's pretty amazing. Does Nathanial eat sardines?

CONAWAY: Yeah, he was kind of like - he does not eat sardines, but you can at least get some bread for him, and when you get to the Casa Alberto, you cannot possibly be any more in the belly button of Spain than that. And this guy walked in with a guitar. His name's Esteban Navarro (ph), and however I feel about Spain, Esteban loves it. And I want you to know, Esteban, I'm going to be looking for you first thing tomorrow night. I want to say thanks for easing our welcome. Thanks for the music. Thanks for The Best Song in the World Today, "I am Spanish," Or as Esteban Navarro would say, "Yo Soy Espanol."

(Soundbite of song "Yo Soy Espanol")

Mr. ESTEBAN NAVARRO: (Singing in Spanish) El coro de nuestra bandera tiene sangre y sol. Por que cantar en otra manera? Yo soy espanol.

Espana, que tenga (unintelligible) en alma Espana.

Quienes han nacido en Espana lo mismo querido En mi corazon, no me engana. No hay nada mejor.

Espana, te quiero!

(Soundbite of crowd cheering)

PESCA: And that was Laura Conaway with The Best Song in the World Today, Esteban Navarro's "Yo Soy Espanol." Thank you, Laura.

CONAWAY: Thank you.

PESCA: Next on the show, Google may be making you stupid. So we give you excellent Spanish music, and then depress you with the news that your very-most-favorite web browser is killing you slowly. Google maybe making you stupid. We'll - we will explore how that maybe true on the Bryant Park Project from NPR News. Take it away, Esteban.

(Soundbite of song "Yo Soy Espanol")

Mr. NAVARRO: (Singing in Spanish)

Espana, que todos ser (unintelligible) en Espana.

Pa' no llegar na' en nuestra tierra, si el tiene el calor. El calor queda solera del pueblo espanol.

Espana, te quiero!

(Soundbite of crowd cheering)

Espana, te quiero, te quiero, te quiero. Te quiero, te quiero, te quiero. Soy espanol. Soy espanol!

(Soundbite of crowd cheering)

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