It's one of my favorite Spanish tunes. I guess that it's up there with "El Relicario" and "Virgen de la Macarena". I love the traditional Spanish melodies.
In many ways, I've had a special place in my heart for Spain.
I was born in Cuba and raised in the US.
I am a very proud Cuban American and admire the great contributions that we have made to the US. We are one of the greatest success stories in US immigration history. Our parents lost everything in Cuba, started with nothing and achieved wonderful levels in the US.
Yes, I love my Cuban American heritage and the sacrifice that our parents made standing up for freedom and starting a new life in the US.
At the same time, I am the grandson of a man from Asturias who moved to Cuba in the 1920's. My mother and father are the descendants of all of those wonderful Spanish immigrants who seeded Cuba.
Spain has changed a lot since my grandfather (Abuelo Pedro) and other ancestors moved to Cuba many years ago. However, their influence is all over those of us who carry their names. They taught us about honesty, hard work, devotion to family and to reject the "something for nothing" philosophy of socialist demagogues.
As I said, I've been whistling Spanish music all day. I feel good about Spain today.
Here is our Sunday night chat: