If you follow me on Instagram (@juliexplores) then you’re fully aware that I spent most of last week proclaiming my love for Alejandro Fernandez, so buckle up because I’ve prepared an entire blog post on the subject.
When I was younger, I avoided Latin music like the plague. Juan Gabriel? “Mom stop”. Los Angeles Azules? “This trip to Ensenada feels like it’s taking an eternity”. Marco Antonio Solis? “Mom! It’s Saturday, I don’t want to clean”. Pimpinela? “Please turn it off, I get it my uncle hurt my Tia again”. My disdain for Latin music was evident and it wasn’t until I got older that I discovered the absolutely beauty that is within Latin music.
So now here we are with a heart full of gratitude for my parents who kept playing Latin music in the house and a playlist jam-packed with the spanish music that I have fallen in love with. I could sit here and share with you every single Latin artist I listen to, but admittedly that would make this blog post incredibly too long so for now I share with you the one I’ve been listening to today (and every day last week).
Specifically, I’d like to discuss his album Rompiendo Fronteras (Breaking Boundaries), which personally I feel like is a perfectly titled album. The songs are eclectic in their sound, the lyrics feel heartfelt while his vocals bring a genuine touch to the storytelling. My favorite thing about Alejandro may be how easily he can reinvent his sound, though lately he’s found his sweet spot with the pop ballads; his Mexican roots are present and clear in this particular album.
Feel like dancing? “Se Que Te Duele” is right there to get your feet moving. Falling in love? “Inocente” will provide the perfect amount of butterflies in your stomach. Did someone hurt you? You can memorize “Agridulce” and sing it to them. Dare I say, this album may just be perfect. I have enjoyed Alejandro’s music for a few years now but it still amazes me how he keeps getting better and better with each album release even though he’s been making music since 1992.
So yes, I am aware that this album was released in 2017 and I know that it seems like I’m a little late on the train but I can guarantee you that I have consistently listened to Rompiendo Fronteras since it’s release. 11 perfectly-crafted songs that have been in constant replay since last year. His voice is what truly blows me away, it’s firm in its direction yet tender with its words. Alejandro can perfectly adapt his voice for any and all occasions and this wide-ranging collection of songs is proof of that.
My point being, young Julie was idiotic in many ways but I’m glad that she eventually found her way to Latin music. Spanish lyrics have a way to connect with the soul in a magical kind of way and Alejandro’s music is no exception. The fact that I have never witnessed this man live is a reality I refuse to accept and yet, he’ll be in Los Angeles in September and Julie continues to be without tickets (because all the front row tickets have been taken, she says as she hopes some magical being out there gifts her the opportunity to attend). So do yourself a favor and whether you’re a spanish speaker or not (let Alejandro break the the language boundary), kick off your week with his sultry voice.