Dos Borreguitas Blog

La Sonora Dinamita Tells the Best Novelas February 08 2012

My husband calls the Colombian salsa band La Sonora Dinamita the soundtrack to his families parties in the '80's. It's what he blasts on the iPhone/Bose speaker in our living room when we want the toddler K to dance, and I mean really bailar, because nothing gets a Latina moving the arms and caderas like a good cumbia. And La Sonora Dinamita's cumbias are really first-class, especially if you can...

Spanglish Holiday Mix-Tape November 28 2011

Our holidays have always been a mix of culture and traditions, but they're blended so well that it's sometimes hard to separate where one ends and the other begins. We eat tamales (de venado), with ketchup. Yep, ketchup (it's a habit leftover from childhood). We drink Abuelita hot chocolate. We make lots of fudge. We wait and wait and wait until we hear Last Christmas by Wham! play in some...

Completely Smitten by Juanes September 17 2011

So I'm kind of going to back into this story by starting with this picture my husband took of me and my new BF Juanes earlier this week. It was after a performance, and when I went up to him I said something like that it was such a pleasure to hear him or something very I-carried-a-watermelon-ish. As I'm saying it he's giving me this look. Juanes, Colombian roquero superstar,...

Songs that Remind Us of Our Fathers June 18 2011

I heard a piece on NPR's All Things Considered yesterday afternoon that made me pause and a get a little choked up and lost in my own thoughts as I dug deep into the memories I have about my own childhood and my father, who passed away a few years ago. The story was about the music our father's listened to when they were our age. I was around four years...

Bailando to Moona Luna May 12 2011

I have a wide range of music on my iphone, and I can't really say I loooove one genre of music more than another. The last song that I downloaded that the toddler really likes and sings to is Black Eyed Peas' Imma Be. That song could probably get my grandma going, but let's not imagine such things. Anyway, today I was playing Nicki Minaj's Moment 4 Life and yeah, not...

The Zumba Baby! February 09 2011

As we were flipping the channels a few weekends ago we came across a Zumba infomercial and the toddler was totally mesmerized for a second, and then like a good Latinita, she started bailando to the musica. Pretty good for an 18-month old, and she definitely puts her papa's skills to shame. Zumba, for the uninitiated, is "an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people...

Matisyahu: Do You Believe in Miracles? December 16 2010

I've had this fantastic, soul-filling song playing in my head for the past week. It's my new favorite holiday song, and I say holiday because it's not a Christmas song -- it's a pop song about Hanukkah. It's by Matisyahu, a Hassidic reggae artist from Brooklyn. He wrote this really great essay on NPR -- and is interviewed in the accompanying radio piece on All Songs Considered -- about the...

Con Mi Burrito Sabanero Voy Camino de Belen December 01 2010

El Burrito de Belen is officially the toddler K's favorite Christmas song, and in particular she likes the Juanes version that's on the Superestrellas En Navidad album. She really shakes her hips to it. Si me ven, si me ven, voy camino de Belen Tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui/ tuqui tuqui tuqui ta/ Apurate mi burrito/ que ya vamos a llegar! Okay, I like it too. I'm not so into the Christmas songs that...

Baby, It's Cold Outside! November 27 2010

No black Friday shopping for me yesterday. Instead, I took the toddler to play with a friend and have lunch, then we came home and put up the tree. With the husband recovering from surgery on his collar bone, I didn't even attempt to be all supermom and go out and buy a real tree, throw it up on top on the minivan and tie it down on my own....

It's a Boy! Javier Doll Joins the Singing Baby Abuelita Family October 27 2010

We really like the Baby Abuelita doll series in our house -- and I've written about them here. The toddler has Baby Andrea and Abuelito Pancho. The traditional Spanish songs they sing are terrific, because lawd knows I can't carry a tune. The Baby Abuelita company has just added a little boy to their series of singing plush dolls, which up to now included abuelo, abuela and three different baby...

British Woman Sees Mariachis, Exclaims: A Flamenco Band! October 25 2010

Downtown Madrid is bustling with tourists from across the globe and folks hustling to make a euro. The Plaza Mayor was full of Disney characters, Bob Esponjas, and this strange-looking cabra-peacock thing that is the stuff pesadillas are made out of. There are also lots of musicians -- including these mariachis we encountered at Puerta del Sol in the heart of Madrid. The toddler K started bouncing as soon as...

The Latina Madonna Unveiled (No, Not Guadalupe, Silly. Lourdes!) September 24 2010

I love watching junk TV and reading smutty chisme sites online -- me encanta. Over the past few days I've seen a lot of promo-ing for Madonna's clothing line Material Girl, available at Macy's, por si acaso. It's also been an unveiling of sorts for little Lourdes (Leon, remember? of the personal trainer/actor-ish father Carlos Leon). Lola is now all of 13 years old, going on 14 next month, and is...

Young Shakira Should Give Us Hope September 08 2010

I adore Shakira. She's talented, my baby loooooves her songs, she's hot (see Loba video) and she seems like she'd be a nice person, right? So when I saw this on Guanabee -- a video of an 11-year-old Shakira performing on Colombian television I nearly choked on my coffee. OMG, this is soooo stank -- the dress, hair, the eyeliner and those moves -- that it makes me like Shakira...

Introducing, the New Gustavo Dudamel! Let's Figure Out the Marimba First September 06 2010

We bought this little marimba in Nicaragua last year. But okay, this picture of baby K "playing" the marimba was super hard to take because at this point, she doesn't really know how to handle the mallets. She gets that when you touch a piano key, it resonates with sound. But a marimba is just silent wood unless you bang on it with something hard. We'll keep at it. In...

Latin-American Folk Songs Book--Not What You Expect to Find at Airport Gum Shop September 01 2010

I was really, really tired and bleary-eyed when I trudged into DFW yesterday night on my way back to DC, but amazingly there was zero line at the American counter and just one person ahead of me at security. I felt like I was going through Tallahassee, or Laredo, or Baton Rouge's airports -- which have short lines, but not a single Starbucks, gasp! Thank the coffee gods, there are...

Cri-cri el Grillito Cantor August 12 2010

I can only take about ten minutes of Pandora's Toddler Music Radio before I want to light my hair on fire and throw myself out the second floor window. The high-pitched voices and folk music combination is just too much for me. Cri Cri, on the other hand, is a perfect compromise between my music and baby K's. It has that nice pre-50's orchestra feel, really Disneyish actually. Cri Cri...

Shakira Hiding Baby Tracks Within Songs August 07 2010

The first song baby K ever loved, I mean really shook her body down to the ground to was Shakira's Loba. I'm convinced Shakira is planting hidden baby tracks within her songs to get parents to play them nonstop to keep their kids happy. During the World Cup, Univision ran the Waka Waka musiquita over and over and over and over for a WHOLE MONTH and every time baby K would...
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