Seeing Shakira at the inaugural celebration the other day (on TV, that is) reminded me that it’s been awhile since I featured her on the blog. Having picked a ballad last time, I’ve decided to go with a more fast-paced tune today.
‘Ojos Asi’ is the closing track on Shakira’s excellent Donde Estan los Ladrones? album. It mixes Latin beats with Indian and Arabic influences into a heady, sultry dance track. The titles means “Eyes Like Yours” in Spanish, and having not looked into the translation, I’m assuming this is another love song.
My musical collection has been solidly grounded in the United States and Great Britain, almost exclusively. But the exotic texture of this song, as well as the wonderful music in Slumdog Millionaire and on M.I.A.’s Kala, has me wondering if I should start to expand my horizons.
I’m often teased about my love of (some) foreign films, to which I usually reply that simple rules of probability suggest that great movies are being made in places other than the United States. It’s just a question of knowing where to look. And the same argument is certainly true for music, though the language barrier is harder to overcome without the aid of subtitles.
Perhaps I should make a point this year to break through that barrier more often.