In the background I'm working on my musicality series, and in that process I'm deciding which tunes are going to become examples, as we explore different aspects of the music.
In addition to the "Salsa Never Ends" tune referenced in the previous article, we'll be exploring the Marc Anthony tune called "Valió la Pena". You'll probably recognize the tune and you can hear a low fidelity preview here and/or find places to download the tune.
I highly recommend you purchase a copy and start listening to the tune over and over. The rhythm section has tremendous energy, the horns are powerful and he sings with great emotion. This is a great example of quality music. View the YouTube of the tune below.
Listening via YouTube is a good start, assuming you have quality speakers on your computer, but you should also purchase a copy and put it on your mp3 player or a CD, listening over and over in your car, working out or simply when your best friend wants a serious discussion with you. If they won't shut up, simply use your earbuds and you can lip-read their comments. That will be highly entertaining for you even if they don't have a sense of humor.
Most of you have already heard it in the clubs. Especially take note as the tune gets very quiet toward the end of the tune. The time is still running, and if you count out loud you'll know exactly when he will shout "one, two, three, four" to restart the complete band and burn down the house at the end. (More details on that section during the musicality series.)
Marc Anthony: Valio La Pena
Without counting, the time is very clear if you really listen to the piano and percussionists playing (very minimalist) in the background. That section can be extremely difficult to hear in the clubs, so be sure to listen on a decent sound system. Musicians often refer to this concept as a "false ending," where they imply the tune has ended, but it's simply an artistic statement and the tune continues, surprising most people.
Again, we'll discuss the details later. Check it out and listen closely now to prepare for that series. Let me know what you think of the tune.
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