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Michelle
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posted 09 April 2005 06:56 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Was anyone listening to CBC Radio this morning? I'm not sure if it's a cross-country program or just for my region (Toronto), but about half an hour to an hour ago, there was a Spanish singer, a woman with an absolutely GORGEOUS voice. I didn't catch her name, and I'm trying to find it on the CBC web site and not coming up with much luck.

Anyhow, she was apparently from Argentina (I think?) and she sang a song that was either based on a legend or perhaps a true story about a woman who committed suicide by walking into the sea. I know, sounds terrible when you put it like that, but her voice was angelic and the song was beautiful too.

Did anyone hear it and catch her name? If it helps, her song was followed by K.D. Lang singing "Hallelujah" or whatever the song is called (she sings Hallelujah over and over in the chorus).


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N.Beltov
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posted 09 April 2005 07:58 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Try listening to CBC in a later time zone.

Here is the link:

listen to CBC across the time zones


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mamitalinda
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posted 09 April 2005 06:04 PM      Profile for mamitalinda   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle,
Alfonsina y el mar is a song by Ariel Ramirez about argentinian poet Alfonsina Storni, who was dying of cancer and committed suicide by walking into the sea. The song is based on the poem/suicide note Storni left, which was published the day after her death.
The most famous version of that song is Mercedes Sosa's, but I think the woman you heard singing was someone else, as I recently heard a different version on the CBC as well. For the record, I like Mercedes' version better- it has more soul.
See, there IS a reason to major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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posted 09 April 2005 06:07 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Is it just me, or does a lot of CBC radio programing involve someone dying of cancer, suicide or similarly downlifting subject matter? Not that I have to have happy happy joy joy all the time, but geesh.
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posted 09 April 2005 08:25 PM      Profile for Amy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've found out many songs (and as a result, purchased several albums) by checking the CBC website for the particular timeslot information. I think you click on what area you're in, then what time slot it was, and then what exact day... I don't know about in Ontario, but for BC programming they usually have the whole show line-up, including music, listed.
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posted 09 April 2005 08:38 PM      Profile for mamitalinda   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Found it! The artist you heard is Eliana Cuevas (took me a few times going up and down the list). Did discover that GO plays a disproportionate amount of Latin American music (I, of course, approve whole heartedly of such musical affirmative action).
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chester the prairie shark
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posted 12 April 2005 02:09 PM      Profile for chester the prairie shark     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Is it just me, or does a lot of CBC radio programing involve someone dying of cancer, suicide or similarly downlifting subject matter?

Its just you.


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lagatta
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posted 12 April 2005 02:12 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No, it isn't. I love that song and don't think art should flee gloomy - or happy - subject matter, but a lot of CBC programming is of the "disease of the week" sort, and is depressing and scary.

That song was about a woman choosing how she would die; I don't think it is depressing.


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Michelle
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posted 12 April 2005 02:15 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by mamitalinda:
Found it! The artist you heard is Eliana Cuevas (took me a few times going up and down the list). Did discover that GO plays a disproportionate amount of Latin American music (I, of course, approve whole heartedly of such musical affirmative action).

Oh, fantastic! I'm sorry, I didn't see this until now, or I would have thanked you earlier. It was so beautiful.


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lagatta
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posted 12 April 2005 02:18 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm listening to Musiques du monde on Espace-Musique, Radio-Canada 2. Obviously they play a huge amount of Latin American music, as do many of the other "chanson" oriented programmes on Radio-Canada 1 and 2; of course it is culturally closer - technically we are Latin American, of course.
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Michelle
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posted 12 April 2005 09:16 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just found the Mercedes Sosa version (couldn't find the Eliana Cuevas one). It's beautiful! This is exactly it.

Song jag! (You've heard of food jags? I go on song jags. )


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Sharon
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posted 12 April 2005 09:28 PM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Song jag! (You've heard of food jags? I go on song jags. )

I've heard of crying jags.


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posted 12 April 2005 09:32 PM      Profile for mamitalinda   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just found out Eliana Cuevas is a fellow Latin American & Caribbean Studies graduate (except they call it Ibero-American studies in poncy Toronto- more accurate though I suppose).

Anyway, to assuage my guilt about dismissing her version of Alfonsina I will link to her website
http://www.elianacuevas.com
so that people can see how great she is.

Although really- who covers something Mercedes Sosa has already covered? Damn!


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Michelle
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posted 12 April 2005 09:32 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Sharon:
I've heard of crying jags.

I don't do that much, luckily.


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Michelle
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posted 12 April 2005 09:38 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't know, mamitalinda - I really liked Cuevas' version. Sosa's is excellent too, but maybe it's because I heard Cuevas sing it first. I really loved it.

[ 12 April 2005: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Michelle
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posted 03 August 2005 08:07 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, I dug up this thread because I just heard Eliana Cuevas played on CBC radio this morning again. The reason was because apparently today at lunch hour, from 12:30 to 1:30, she is going to be giving a free concert in Dundas Square (Dundas and Yonge) here in Toronto. She's a really fantastic singer, and the song they played today on the radio was really great - I forget the name of it. I wish I worked close to Dundas Square.

I might hop the subway on my lunch hour anyhow, just for a couple of songs at least, even if I can't stay for the whole thing. She's worth seeing if anyone's in the area.


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posted 17 October 2005 06:19 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I heard a song at lunch, and I know I've heard it somewhere before. It's an up-tempo but melancholy Latin-flavoured pop song by a female singer, who seems to be singing about a character named "Jackie". The first line of the chorus goes something like "La la la la, life is just a bitter joke with sad refrain". Tried searching for variants of that on Google with no luck. Anyone recognize what I'm talking about?
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