What moves me.
I’m disappointed that mariachis have moved away from the typical folk music of corridos, songs about working in the fields, and love and gravitated toward increasingly complex song structures. As a member of Mariachi Veritas de Harvard, I feel we should set the example and instill other mariachis to stay in touch with the roots of the music they play.
That’s what moves me the most every time I hear a mariachi.
These next clips represent what mariachis should be playing:
This is what mariachis should not do:
What bugs me about this is the conga in the background. Who the hell adds congas to a mariachi song? This is not some salsa/merengue song; what they did is near sacrilege (to someone who takes it as serious as me). I’m fine with musical innovation, songs that showcase musical prowess, or pay homage to another culture, but there are times when people go too far; Mariachi Divas does exactly that in that song and most other songs with congas and any other percussion instruments.
It’s time to return to the roots.