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Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island

Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island

Spring 2016 Music
Ages: All Ages
CD Price: $12.00

Sonia de Los Santos is an immigrant to the United States who chronicles her move from Nuevo León, Mexico, on the Texas border, to New York and points in between. Through lullabies, ballads, and mariachi music she offers personal stories with universal appeal, inviting her listeners to join her on the journey as she learns a new culture and in the process, feels even closer to her own heritage.

The title track is De Los Santos' translation of the Woody Guthrie classic, "This Land is Your Land." Many will also recognize the tune to El Martillo (The Hammer), her rendition of the Pete Seger classic, "If I Had a Hammer." Fans of Dan Zanes may recognize his electric guitar on a couple of tracks; he is a close friend of Los Santos. "Ojalá Que Llueva Café (Hopefully It Rains Coffee), a lively violin dance tune, has been covered with great popularity by Cafe Tecuba. Subsequent songs will be less familiar to listeners, but span different countries, cultures and languages, including a Basque ballad from northern Spain and a love song from Argentina.

The beautifully designed booklet of liner notes offers a personal anecdote from the singer for each track in English, the song lyrics are presented only in Spanish. Translations into English can be found online: will be helpful for non-Spanish-speaking families and give the CD a wider appeal. Mi Viaje is professionally and exquisitely produced with family-friendly cover art, fun fonts, and happy graphics all beckoning to be played.

Sam Hillers   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Sam Hillers is a former investment analyst turned teacher of English and history. In addition to his academic pursuits, he loves blues and soul music, racehorses, hot sauce, Asian markets, craft beer, YA fiction, and well-made toys. Whenever possible, he shares these passions with his three boys: Bo, Redding, and Mason.

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