This song originated as a guitar duet I composed and recorded, called La Falsa Felicidad.
I got the concept for the words from Tom Lehrer's Elements song, in which he listed every element on the periodic table as lyrics.
Since it was a Mexican-style polka or corrida, I decided to use a list of Mexican place names as the lyrics.
I used a map of Mexico, and made sure to include names of Aztec, Mixtec, and Mayan origin, was well as Spanish, and small obscure villages as well as famous places.
It took 6 months for Mexican singer and multi-instrumentalist Jorge "Koky" Medina and I to finally get the several hundred syllables to fit the melody and rhythm.
Koky helped put the middle section into idiomatic Spanish.
I sang lead and played guitar.
Koky sang harmony and played acoustic bass, as well as recording and mixing the song.
I made the painting and designed the cover art.
The song is my homage to the Mexican people, and I hope it makes them proud and happy to hear it.