This week I came across an article talking about the biography of Keith Richards. Although I am – unlike many others – not a biography lover, something really caught my eye. It was a part about his youth and how he got involved in music. Keith’s Grandpa Gus, who played guitar and played in bands, sparked his interest when Keith was about nine or ten. Gus taught him some licks and chords, but the song Keith really learned well was Malagueña.
Malagueña Salerosa — being the full name — is a well-known Huapango song from Mexico(!), which has been covered more than 200 times by recording artists. One of the many versions, we chose a background music for the El Guarda Clip. It is by Chingón who recorded it for the 2004 soundtrack of Kill Bill: Volume 2. The song is that of a man telling a woman from Málaga, how beautiful she is, and how he would love to be her man, but that he understands her rejecting him for being too poor.
I don’t know Keith’s version, some may like the play back show by Antonio Banderas (probably not for the music) or a more classical mariachi one I like to stick to ‘our’ own. And the best part? Besar tus labios quisiera. Malaguena salerosa. Y decirte nina hermosa. Que eres lin……..da y hechicera. Como el candor de una rosa!
Anyway, according to Keith “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.
When watching the El Guarda clip and the music on it, I couldn’t agree more.