Cinco de Mayo is an awesome holiday.
People in the US tend to believe it’s a time to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day. Wait, who am I kidding. People in the US mostly believe it’s a time to celebrate drinking margaritas. It is actually is a celebration of an unlikely victory of the Mexicans over the French, way back in 1862.
I like it mostly because it brings at least some Mexican culture and tradition to a set of people who might normally not notice such things.
Oh yeah, and it is fun to drink margaritas!
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought it would be fun to look at some top artists within the Latin culture.
If you like Latin music, you may want to consider singing these artists’ hits when we open because we’ll have some selections from them. We’ll also offer songs in Spanish. Yep, test out your native language or your 10th-grade foreign language skills.
Shakira – You know when you hear that name you think of “Hips Don’t Lie” and you know you want to start singing and shaking those hips, don’t lie! At Songbird, it’s all yours! Sing that song and shake those hips!
Enrique Iglesias or even better his dad, Julio Iglesias – Okay, first Enrique. Can you believe he is 42? I think the best karaoke song of his is “Hero.” Oh yeah, let’s hear you belt it out! And his dad has been singing since at least 1970. We’ve got a few of his selections too. Maybe you want to try “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before.” We see you playa’.
Selena (the original, not Gomez…although we’ll have her too!) – Everyone knows the tragic story of Selena, if not check it here. Maybe it’s time to test your Spanish. Why not give “No Me Queda Más” a try. Too much, okay go with the fun (actually made up words) “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” You know we have them both!
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony – Okay loving these pictures, lol. They could be married, they could not be married. Unfortunately, they are no longer together (or fortunately, who really knows). Now there are so many Jennifer songs but my go-to has to be “Jenny from the Block.” Right? You could also go with “Waiting for Tonight.” I mean you can’t go wrong with that! I’m not as big a fan of Marc but my sources say “Hasta Que Te Conocí” or “You Sang To Me.” What do you think, on point?
Ricky Martin – First and possibly foremost, you can NOT find a bad picture of this guy! Now, you’re going to want to do “Livin’ la Vida Loca” but if you do, at some point in the night, you’ve got to follow it up with “She Bangs.” No, you must!
Gloria Estefan – One word, classic. One song, “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You.” The 1980s will NEVER die!
Here’s to the Latin community…
Its great singers, its underdog victories, and most of all its margaritas!