Tick Tock Tuesday (9 June 2020) – Gloria Estefan

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways… including getting to know the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

It will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry to complete this so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week.

In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator, so if you want to skip ahead each week it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.

It’s funny, actually, because the artist I am presenting today, I don’t really listen to any more. But I don’t want to ignore that I have pretty much every one of her albums from that mid-Eighties to mid-Nineties period. So, I feel she deserves some recognition today.

I followed Gloria Estefan from her Miani Sound Machine days right through her solo career. She raised my awareness, too, just why she ended up in Miami in the first place, why she left Cuba.

I loved the liveliness of Latin music, especially as she popified it. Most of all, however, I loved her native Spanish tracks. They came along later – I guess that by then, she was so successful, she could record anything she fancied.

And it was maybe a premonition, because I ended up just upstate in Tampa just a few years later. For a European, I found America to be very new, but I liked Tampa and the old Spanish district of Ybor City. I wasn’t in Tampa for long – the place I was working was undergoing rapid change and what was here one minute was gone the next. But Ybor sticks in my mind and Gloria’s music today reminds me of that.


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