12 Latin Songs That Enrich Our FIRE Journey with Happiness
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Hello, Enchumbao readers! On this post we’ll be doing something different, because not everything in our daily lives is about saving and investing for financial independence. We like to enjoy the journey with lots of laughter and dancing as well. In commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which culminates today, I thought it would be a great idea to let you in on some of the music that inspires our journey and makes us get up and dance at any party. Latin music is a big deal in our household and we are huge fans of it. We both enjoy a great song, no matter what Latin genre it’s in.
My life has been shaped by the beat of a tambora (drum) since I was born. No matter where you go in the Dominican Republic, you’ll encounter the rhythm of the island. There’s even a saying for someone like me: Soy dominicano hasta la tambora. (I’m Dominican, all the way). Well, maybe not all the way, but I’m probably as Dominican-American as you can get in the FI world! I come from the island of the Merengue and the Bachata. 🙂 More importantly, I’m a Latino and being Latino is a way of life for me.
My culture is reflected through the way I express myself, the food that we eat and the music that we listen to almost every day! Let’s bring some Latin flavor into the blogosphere and hopefully some Latin rhythm into your life!
A little background history on Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month culminates this week. Congress first passed a resolution to celebrate Hispanic heritage at the national level on September 17, 1968 as a week-long celebration. It’s now a month-long celebration that runs from September 15 through October 15.
During this period, we recognize the contributions made by Hispanics in the United States. September 15 coincided with the independence celebration of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, which is why the festivities begin then.
Latin music influence in my life
Since I was the youngest and raised with seven sisters, I grew up listening to (what I thought was some sort punishment at that time) Spanish ballads and that heavily influenced my music taste. My sisters would play Spanish balladeers all day long while they cleaned the house. Cartoon watching? Not a chance unless I did my house chores. And there were times I had to beg for them to lower the music, that they would repeatedly listened to, so that I could hear the TV.
This kind of struggle with my siblings probably went on until I became a teenager and started to fall in love with the same music I was accustomed to hearing with them. Overall, I had a great upbringing and music was there for me all along. The Latin songs that I heard over and over while growing up are now part of my music collection. I’m very glad that I was exposed to such great music and, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’d like to share some of those songs in our collection.
Many of these songs remind us of how happy people can live their lives in minimalistic ways. They talk about the simple life with freedom from worries. Some are about spending quality time with loved ones. Others shows how important it is to be in the moment and to not forget to live. These are all things that we’re aiming for as we enjoy a life drenched in true happiness.
12 Latin songs that inspire our journey
1. Lo Poco Que Tengo (The little that I have) by Ricardo Arjona
Genre: Latin Pop
Origins: Arjona was born in Guatemala.
This song, by this renowned Latin singer and songwriter, is all about the simple life and brings the minimalistic perspective to a whole new level.
2. La Bicicleta (The bicycle) by Carlos Vives and Shakira
Origins: Both singers were born in Colombia.
3. Ojala Que Llueva Cafe (I hope it rains coffee) by Juan Luis Guerra
Origins: Juan Luis was born in the Dominican Republic.
This song is like a request to the heavens for coffee. Oh, please let it rain coffee! The lyrics are beautiful and it reminds me of the crops and fields that we frequent when we’re in the DR.
4. Vivir Mi Vida (Live my life) by Marc Anthony
Origins: Marc was born in New York City and is of Puerto Rican descent.
Wow, what a great, vibrant song this is. We were hooked from the moment we first heard it. It’s a song you want to dance to no matter where you are. The video also has a cool English intro.
5. Vuela Alto (Fly high) by Julio Iglesias
Genre: Latin Pop
Origins: Julio was born in Spain.
This song reminds me of my father. We always listen to it over a glass of wine when I visit him in the DR.
6. Isla Bella (Beautiful island) by Ricky Martin
Genre: Latin Pop
Origins: Ricky was born in Puerto Rico.
I feel that the sentiment of this song can transcend all language barriers. It’s a soothing reminder of your native land and a medicine for the soul.
7. Propuesta Indecente (Indecent proposal) by Romeo Santos
Origins: Romeo was born in NYC and is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent.
We love dancing to the sounds of Bachata! This a very romantic and sensual song by Bachata superstar Romeo Santos. Who knew you could mix Bachata and Tango! Interesting fact about Romeo: he is also the first Latin artist to sell out the new Yankee Stadium. The tickets sold out within 48 hours.
8. La Gozadera (The party) by Gente de Zona, featuring Marc Anthony
Origins: Gente de Zona members are from Cuba.
Gente de Zona really knows how to party! This is another fun dance song that unites all the Latin American countries with the music. In the video, Gente de Zona and Marc cause a fun traffic jam. La Gozadera was filmed in the Dominican Republic and Cuba, according to Billboard.
9. Mi Primer Millón (My first million) by Bacilos
Genre: Latin Pop
Origins: The band is a trio consists of Colombian singer and guitarist Jorge Villamizar, Brazilian bassist André Lopes and Puerto Rican percussionist José Javier Freire .
Fill in the blank: I just want to make my first million so that I can _____________! This song is a fun way to think of why you want to reach FI or maybe just have that first million in investments!
10. La Mordidita (The bite) by Ricky Martin, featuring Yotuel Romero
Origins: Yotuel was born in Havana, Cuba.
La Mordidita is another fun song where people start dancing after a contagious bite! The video was filmed in Cartagena, Colombia.
11. Bailando (Dancing) by Enrique Iglesias, featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona
Genre: Latin Pop
Origins: Enrique was born in Spain. Descemer was born in Cuba.
Fun song to dance to and an awesome video to watch due to its well-done choreography. Enrique shot the video in the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
12. Adrenalina (Adrenaline) by Wisin, J.Lo and Ricky Martin
Origins: All three artists are of Puerto Rican descent.
This Puerto Rican trio proves to be a powerful combination on the dance floor. Adrenalina will keep you on your feet and asking for more…