AQ’s Winter Playlist: Flying High, But Solidly Grounded

By Sebastián Zubieta

Our music critic highlights songwriters refashioning high-flown poetic themes—and the low rhythms of the double bass.

This article is adapted from AQ's special report on Latin America's election super-cycle Las golondrinasby Eduardo Falú This AQ Playlist installment starts with a celebration of the centennial of legendary Argentine guitarist and composer Eduardo Falú. Over a five-decade career, Falú has offered an elegant take on his country’s folk music, with stylish singing and discreetly virtuosic guitar playing. His 1963 song “Las golondrinas,” with lyrics by Jaime Dávalos, turns the observation of a flock of swallows’ migration from a barn roof into a nostalgic meditation on the...

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