Saturday, October 01, 2016

We remember Agustin Lara



Like so many of you, I grew up listening to Agustin Lara's songs on our family's turntable.

My favorite Lara songs were recorded by Los Panchos, Pedro Vargas and other Latin American vocalists.

I can still recall my grandmother rocking on her favorite chair and humming one of Lara's songs. (She once told me that Lara was from Veracruz and then showed me the location on the map!)

What day was Agustin Lara born?   I can't confirm whether he was born in 1897 or 1900.....or October 1st or 30th!  I have seen both dates in my research!

Lara was, and continues to be, my favorite Mexican composer.   I'm not an expert on Mexican music.   Yet, I can't think of any other Mexican who comes close to writing words & music like Lara.

We remember Lara with two of my favorite compositions: "Solamente una vez" and "Farolito":






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