Monday, April 12, 2010

2 Clarinetes y una Tambora

Clarinets and drum from Linares (anon.)
9" x 10"
oil on wood, 2010

The list for the Top 100 is established through a ranking system based on top 10s of music that crosses my path. With every top 10 points are awarded to the songs: 10 for #1, 9 for #2, and so on. At the end of a year (which runs from –the date I started in 1983– February 23 through February 22 the next year) all the points are added up and the one with the most points will be #1 in the Top 100. When a song gathered more than ten points it is pretty much guaranteed a spot in the list of a hundred. The tune El Gallito Giro by Clarinetes de Linares is the third this year to gather more than ten points and is thus for sure part of the Top 100. Unlike the first two (see entries below) the identities of the musicians from Linares are unfamiliar, another time, another place, another language. The 'Clarinetes de Linares' have no presence on the world wide web. What I did learn on the web is that the combo of two clarinets and a drum is a most common one in the Mexican province of Nuevo Leon, and more specifically the region of Linares. For you who read Spanish I will quote the part of the liner notes that deal with the group in question. I can kind of grab the content but shouldn't paraphrase: "Entre los conjuntos más distinguidos están: ‘Los Clarinetes de Linares’ y ‘Los Tamborileros de Linares’ Adrian, Don José y Don Pedrito Hinojosa cariñosamente nombrados ‘Los Conejitos’." Let me know if there's anything in there I should know about. Oh yeah, the text was written by Jaime Guerrero Hernández, Por la Danza is the name of the LP.

1 comment:

  1. Berry- I'm loving the blog! The updates are great, and reading about these songs and artists every few days (instead of 100 at the end of the year) is really nice. My Spanish isn't as sharp as it used to be, but I believe the paragraph you posted more or less says this: "Among the more distinguished groups are "The Linares Clarinets" and "The Linares Drummers" Adrian, Don Jose and Don Pedrito Hinojosa, affectionately named "The Bunnies". The Bunnies! That's great... And, I'm guessing here, but I think the song title roughly translates as "The Little Rooster Turn" ('turn as in 'spin' or something - like dance maybe). Anyhow - great all around. I look forward to future updates! -Ed