Friday, March 26, 2010

Love This Salsa Tune: Yo No Se Mañana

I'm still editing my latest article, but I've been listening to this tune over and over and I love it. I originally heard it in a club and went to the DJ to find the name and artist so I could download my own copy and enjoy it.

In the first two weeks I've had the tune, I've heard it over 84 times so far, not including hearing it in the clubs and listening to the YouTube versions. Yo No Se Mañana (by Luis Enrique) is one of those I can easily hear a few hundred times.

I love the intro being so laid back and chill, and the song building until the end. There are also 'pop' and 'bachata' versions available too. A GREAT song works across many styles.

Here's a link to the 'Pop' version which is also excellent. I predict a crossover hit for these guys. It's on YouTube via this link: Yo No Se Mañana (Pop Version)

Almost 3 years ago I wrote an article recommending listening to great songs at least 100 times. (You'll see it in the "Related Articles" section below.) Check it out if you haven't read it in a while or missed it the first time. Soon I'm finish my update to that article as I've learned quite a bit in the last few years.

Note in the beginning of Yo No Se Mañana, (AKA the "introduction"), the pulse is implied. It's subtle but the time is running and constant from the first note. I've also put a reference to the "Implied Pulse" series in the "Related Articles" section below in case you missed those concepts.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think of this tune!

Listening to Music: 100 Times or More
Mastering Music: Not On The Dance Floor
Musical Pulse: Explicit and Implicit (Part 1)
Musical Pulse: Explicit and Implicit (Part 2)
I identify more with women than with men. I guess I have a strong feminine side.
-- Lenny Kravitz


  1. Don,

    Thanks for the pointer, I heard the song before but did not know was the artist

    I love the song, just for listening, and also for dancing
    ( i Love songs where a mix of close dancing and more elaborate moves fits to the music: very nice if i am with my SO or other ladies i know well)

    If you like this one you'll probably also like Creo en el amor by Rey Ruiz:
    (pulse more explicit, but the same laid back atmosphere, build up and a very good voice with good band)

  2. Hi Tom!

    Ah... that is a very nice tune. The link you provided didn't work for me, but I'll post the tune with the link I found that is working.

    You're right! A killer tune, and obviously a great feel from chill to intense. The more contrast a tune has, the more I enjoy it. (Love the breaks/hits in this one.)

    Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Don,

    the videolink you provided does not work for me (from the netherlands, @#$% regional restrictions) but i obviously already know the song :-)

    Indeed the breaks/hits in "creo en el amor" are nice. I like the salsa's with a "bigband" as a backing (played trumpet for years).

    about breaks and hits: maybe another subject for a "musicality" article? I note a difference between a lot of (on two/mambo) songs which have lots of "little" breaks, and other songs (mostly on1 songs) which have fewer, but "larger" breaks. At least I tend to go for the larger breaks and ignore the smaller accents.

    Thanks again for your articles.

    Tom van Geffen (also on facebook)

  4. Tom: I changed the video and hopefully this one works for you and everybody else in your region. I also adjusted/fixed the sizing issues with the videos so they fit properly in the layout.

    I played big band music when I was younger... and drummers are always paying attention to the trumpet lines. Sometimes they wouldn't have a drum chart, so I'd read the trumpet part as they almost always have the major breaks/hits.

    Let me know if this version works for you!

  5. Hi, Don,

    I have problem hearing rhythm in this song. Maybe you could explain how to hear it correctly.
    My problem is that I hear singer voice more clearly than instruments. In burden singer starts phrase on 5, so intuitive I would start dancing on 5, especially after “introduction” :/
    Now when I heard this song dozens times I now how to start correctly, but it does not feel right, it’s not dancing, it’s working.
    I do not even feel implied rhythm/clave in introduction.

    What instrument I should emphasize to clear rhythm without attemption.


  6. Hi Tom:

    Explaining it isn't easy, because we have to listen and point out the sounds. Far easier to point out while listening.

    That said, the keyboard in the introduction is NOT starting on one (as you noted), but instead has "pick-up" notes, which confuse many people.

    One of the things to do is listen to the tune around 1:34 where the keyboard is playing the same as the introduction, but the percussion are also still playing. (I call this "reverse engineering the time")

    When you hear the time in the section that starts there (1:34 or so), then it's the same timing as the introduction.

    So easy to show someone in person, much tougher to write out... This should be the video lesson I've promised for a couple years.

  7. Hi Don and Tom,

    I have created a timing video for this song. This video outlines the rhythm and also outlines the musical changes that you hear throughout the song, and was designed to help people with hering and understanding the rhythm.

    I hope you enjoy it:


  8. Uri: Cool. Looks great to me, and will help some people...

    I'll probably post another article with that tool and see what people think.

  9. I swear that piano intro sounds so familiar. I reckon it's sampled from an 80s pop song. But I just can't put my finger on the name of that song. Have you got any ideas?

  10. Song is cool but in my opinion very over rated. People like it because its catchy and very pop sounding. This song is what salsa music collecters would consider average. There are hundreds of songs similar to it. Here in San Diego it is very played out. Wish dj's would increase their knowledge and dig a little deeper for the really good salsa music thats out there.

  11. Anonymous: One size never fits all. It's cool you like other styles/songs. I think some collectors would consider it average and many would think it's great. Just because it's popular or fits into a more modern feel doesn't make it average. It's extremely well done, has a strong emotional content and moves from simple to more exciting.

    All that said, any song you or I like will have some people who don't care for it. I appreciate your feedback and respect your point of view. Let me know what song(s) you feel are under-rated and maybe I can expose them to a few others too.

  12. I have to agree with anonymous above -- it is very pop sounding and a little too bells and whistles for me personally in regards to salsa. Where it crosses the line to cheesey for me is in the lyrics.

    He's basically smarmy and saying -- hey babe --- I don't know what is tomorrow --- let's just have sex baby and not think about the future. I don't know... yo no se -- know what I'm sayin'?! I like you right now... life is short sweetheart... let's enjoy this sex thing - live in the moment - una vida a vivir --- BUT just letting you know -- being upfront and all --- when the sun rises --- all bets are off.

    The whole sum of this song is a cliché with some weeeeee -- that somehow makes some people feel happy inside... shake your groove thing... ya ya!

  13. Anonymous: LOL... yea, the most popular subject for music (with lyrics) is love and relationships now, yesterday and tomorrow.

    There are variations, but it's amazing how they break down along those lines.

    No surprise there, that is the norm and the story told across time and styles.

    That said, I respect that a set of people won't like any song. Go on YouTube and find your favorites and you'll find some people tag it as "thumbs down" (or dislike).

    Sometimes I wonder what is wrong with some people, but there is a wide variety of tastes and that's cool.

    This song is popular for a reason, even though that doesn't mean everybody will love it.

    Some songs speak to you now, some never, some may in the future. Sometimes the music grabs me, sometimes the story is what I like. In a few cases it's both.

    As for pop sounding, that is a non-starter for me (meaning I'm fine with that). It's well produced, excellent musicians, high production value.

    Music evolves, and all styles borrow from other styles. Most new songs will have an element of something popular, musicians want to be liked enough to continue being musicians.

    There are a set of people who like music/dance that is rawer, less production value or more traditional.

    They don't like Marc Anthony's remakes of Hector Lavoe singing El Cantante. They have different flavors and everybody has their preferences.

    Personally I love them both...

    I have a huge set of music that I don't play for most of my friends (jazz stuff). No singing, little pop influence, complex, etc. Others wonder why I like it... it's noise to them. I'm fine with that... my spectrum is very wide, but few will like all I do.

    I appreciate your point of view!! If you also have songs that should be showcased (under-rated in your mind), please send them to me so I can share them too...

    One size rarely fits all!!

  14. Hello DB_US

    I can only agree with your return response. Music is something that is felt from the inside --- there are a few embarrassing pop tunes I secretly enjoy.

    Now although I agree that music has carried the vibe of love throughout time -- this song is not about love, it is more like -- a snow job to get sex. Perhaps you have not been hit on by dozens of Latino men at the salsa club. This song, to me, summarizes the take it easy baby --- live in the moment --- have sex with me. Tranquila! But from the beginning he has no intention of anything more than this sex this night -- so it is a round about falsely romantic one-liner of a song. Shallow & smarmy with good beats!

    There are many great songs I rarely hear in clubs. Here are two I was just listening to and thought HEY -- I shall respond.

    Abreme La Puerta --- Calle Real

    Havana City --- Los Van Van (and the lyrics are sweet)

    the lastest Anon

  15. Anonymous: LOL... Since when have men NOT used a snow job to get sex! ;) But I see your point even though I love the feel of the song. (My Spanish is strong enough to understand most of the song, but not the details.)

    And you're right, the guys at the clubs don't hit on me (Latino or otherwise). Somehow they notice they're not my type.

    I posted a new article with one of your songs (Abreme La Puerta) and one of my favorite Los Van Van tunes. I'll probably use your other song another day (that is also a great tune.)

    Thanks for sharing!! I appreciate your feedback!

  16. How can you go wrong with Van Van!

    All said and done - I own the song and if I were to DJ I might even play it -- upon request =} for a price!

    I am not sure how it is where you dance but one place I go some people get upset when the DJ plays bachata or even merengue - which are not my favorites however they are highly dance-able for people who are not "salseros"but want to dance and have a good time. Yo no se manaña is catchy & comfortable enough in its beats for most people even if they are not going to 'salsa' and this is another reason it is popular?! {I think}. I think it is important for a DJ to try to mix to keep all -- shaking it!


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Don Baarns - Unlikely Salsero