Sunday, January 4, 2009
When I was growing up, one of my all-time favorite stars was Rocío Dúrcal. I'd be running around the house like a little maniac (playing with my dolls or with my sister Anna) and I just had to see her for a second on the television and I’d freeze in my steps, drop what I was doing and start watching whatever of hers was on. Most of the time I only understood about half of the plot on her films, but her singing and dancing sucked me in every time.
This is her singing ‘Si yo tuviera rosas’ (If I had roses) for the film ‘Más bonita que ninguna’ (Prettier than none) 1965. The lyrics and her singing are romantic and full of melodrama. In it she professes her love and all that she would give to that person if she only could. Which is where the title comes in, ‘If I had roses, I would give them to you’. Isn’t her pink dress great?
Here she sings ‘La Niña Buena’ (The Good Girl) from the film ‘Canción de juventud’ (Song of youth) 1962. In this scene a group of boarding school girls are singing to distract a new student (who is just arriving) long enough to have a bowl of water fall on her head when she walks in. I remember my sister and I trying to do that too, but we could never get the bowl to balance correctly on the door and we'd always end up with water all over the place. My poor mom, I don't know how she put up with us? The song isn’t about the whole water thing, it’s just them singing about what 'good girls' they are.
Frames from various films (such a pretty face):
Much of this was from an old MySpace blog post, sorry for repeating myself to my old friends, but I love her so that I had to do it!