We had a long weekend. It was pretty evenly divided into three separate events, so I’m going to write three separate posts. The first event was a concert in Colindres on Friday night by Shaila Dúrcal.
Shaila is famous because of her famous parents, particularly her mother, Rocío Dúrcal, a famous singer and actress in Spain. The nearest equivalent that an American would understand would be someone like Julian Lennon or Jakob Dylan (except that their parents were more famous and they have more talent than Shaila). She’s a year younger than me, not bad looking, and can sing pretty well.
Here’s a couple seconds of her concert:
Shaila Dúrcal sings sings well, but I don’t know if it was that the sound wasn’t set up quite right, or if it was because I wasn’t in a very good mood that day, or what, but I really didn’t like the concert very much. Good thing it was free.
She definitely lacks the stage charisma and vocal je ne sais quoi of a truly successful artist. The way the crowd cheered every time she mentioned her mother, who died last year, betrayed the real reason that we were all there.
Shaila made name for herself singing in Mexico, and is only now returning to attempt success in Spain. I didn’t know this when I went to the concert, so when she said, “And you can’t have a Mexican fiesta without mariachis, can you?” I was way confused. I thought it was some sort of figure of speech that I was unfamiliar with. But sure enough, out walked a mariachi band!
After the concert we went straight to bed, because we had five hours of driving and a birthday party planned for Saturday.