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Diana canta la venganza: Nada más que ver

by Diane Ransdell

These original, upbeat mariachi tunes gently poke fun at men.
Genre: Latin: Mariachi
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1. El son del antojo
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2. Mi novio José
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2:04 album only
3. Cuando te mueves
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2:55 album only
4. ¿Cómo crees?
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2:39 album only
5. Nada más que ver
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3:49 album only
6. Tantas cosas
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2:37 album only
7. Mi lindo diván
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3:27 album only
8. Vete a dormir
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3:02 album only
9. Te despides con un beso
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10. No te soporto más
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11. El rey del rock
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Album Notes
Album: Diana's spunky mariachi songs are a counterpart to traditional mariachi lyrics which point the finger at women as the culprits of men's woes. Most of the tunes are bright and humorous such as "El son del antojo," in which the singer silently flirts with a passer-by, and "Mi novio Jose," in which the singer has to invent a boyfriend on the spot to get rid of a boring would-be partner. Diana dips into a serious note with the title track, a huapango about a definitive break-up. The lyrics are included in a booklet, making the material accessible to listeners who are not fluent in Spanish. The instrumentation is traditional: voices, trumpets, violins, guitar, vihuela, and guitarron.

Bio: Originally trained in classical music, Diana ("La Platanita") Ransdell has performed with Mariachi America since moving from Mexico to Arizona in 1987. She enjoys mariachi music because of the unique dialogue between the trumpet and violin and the snappy numbers that breathe vitality into any environment. She also enjoys mariachi music because it allows her to work at parties and other social events. When she played in the symphony, she remembers dragging reluctant friends to concerts and feeling distance from the audience. In contrast, she finds this popular Mexican art form immediate and rewarding; however, she has felt the need for modern lyrics that reflect the feminine point of view!

Cuando vivía en Durango, Durango, México, tocaba con la Sinfónica. Mi compañero de atril empezó a tocar con el mariachi de sus hermanos. Me juró que la música de mariachi era fácil. Qué mentiroso. Sin embargo, a llegar a Tucson en 1987, extrañaba tanto a México que estuve muy agradecida de integrarme al Mariachi América. Me dieron chanza aunque soy gringa, y trabajé duro para aprender a tocar lírico.

Qué gusto y honor tocar con un mariachi. Mientras alegramos a la gente, nos divertimos. Pero por cierto, a veces me enfado del repertorio. (Ya he tocado "El rey" más de mil veces. El chiste es que aparte de algunas famosas cantantes como Beatríz Adriana ("Esta situación)," Lola Beltrán ("Una pura y dos con sal"), Paquita la del barrio ("El hombre y el gato"), y Vikki Carr ("Mi tiempo perdido"), la mayoría de la música del mariachi está cantada por hombres. Algunos celebran su masculinidad o describen su cariño para sus queridas, pero muchos más describen como han sufrido por culpa de las mujeres. (Pobrecitos. Fíjense que no somos tan horribles hasta ser provocadas. Con este CD, ofrezco a mis oyentes una forma inocente, y espero, agradable, de resistencia.


Although songs do not translate easily, a brief run-down is the following:

1) El son del antojo--The "son" of anticipation
I'll talk to you later; right now I'm with my boyfriend. (A "son" is a specific rhythm typical of mariachi music.)
2) Mi novio José--My Boyfriend Joe
You're so persistent that I have to invent a boyfriend to escape you.
3) Cuando te mueves--When You Move
Your dance movements are such a turn-on that you=re driving me crazy.
4) Cómo crees? What Makes You Think So?
I=ve got no reason to be interested in you.
5) Nada más que ver--Forget about It
It's over, buddy; you had your chance.
6) Tantas cosas--So Many Things
There are so many things I could be doing instead of wasting time thinking of you.
7) Mi lindo diván--My Beautiful Couch
In my dreams you're an angel, but just the same, I think I'll sleep on the couch.
8) Véte a dormir--Go to Bed
You're so tired that you might as well go to bed while I go out and have a good time.
9) Te despides con un beso--You Say Goodbye with a Kiss
I live for the brief moments in which I get to see you.
10) No te soporto más--I Can't Stand You Anymore
You think you're hot stuff--as if!
11) El rey del "rock"--The King of Rock (and Roll)
You sing so out of tune that I=d rather look at you than listen to you.

For a recent interview in the Arizona Daily Wildcat, please check: http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/papers/96/100/04_6.html


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Alex Buonafortuna

A Novel Crossover
Recently, I found out about D.R.'s novel, Amirosian Nights, which is about a mariachi player who goes to Greece and plays with a bouzouki band. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that she's also done a CD of her own music! Luckily, you don't have to understand Spanish to enjoy these songs. (She provides a quick summary at the end of the booklet.) Most of the songs are bright and happy, which is quite enough to put you in a good mood at the end of the day.

JP Roscoe

Mariachi Goes Girl
This interesting and pleasant CD is sort of like the flip side of the traditional macho guy stuff. The songs are tongue in cheek... pointing out little nuances in everyday life. There are a couple of slower songs too, which contrast to the cheerful ones.

Sally Nidester

Diana makes me feel like dancing!
These are wonderful, happy songs! The music is bouncy-it makes you want to dance around the room. I especially get a kick out of the subject matter, however, because so many of songs talk about men. (And the verdict is not all positive.) The funniest song is "No te soporto mas," which means "I can't stand you anymore." The woman singer complains that the guy snores like a bear, and he's a lousy kisser! Another song complains about a singer who thinks he's hot stuff, but he leaves a lot to be desired. This CD is light-hearted, though. I never get the feeling that Diana is really against men, only that she likes to joke about them.