Sunday, July 1, 2007

In Today’s News: Summertime, Solsticio and Luz

A las 20.06: verano (At 8:06pm: summer): ADN2 had a photo of Stonhenge at sunrise on it’s cover, in honor of the summer solstice. I think of photo of a sunrise over the sea would have been more appropriate for Barcelona. At the end of my last class this evening, my student pointed out that we began the lesson in springtime and ended in summer. Hmmm.

Summer solstice celebrations in Barcelona: Barcelona has it’s own unique way to observe the change of season — Sain John’s Night. (La Noche de San Juan in Spanish and La Nit de Sant Joan in Catalan.) And what a night it is - fireworks, night swims, bonfires on the beach, and of course MUSIC! I’ll write more about this special event in another post later.

Luz - a survivor! Spanish singer Luz Casal has officially thanked her fans for their well wishes and support during her treatment for breast cancer. The disease, which was detected in January of this year, forced her to cancel a world tour. Luz’ voice was one of the early ones that lured me to Spanish music. “Piensa en Mi” and “Un Año de Amor” are classics! Here’s a link to the English version of her web site:

Copied from original posting by Carloz on 21 June, 2007

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