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Songs of My Faves I’m Most Grateful For

Happy Thanksgiving, Guitar Train passengers! I hope you are enjoying one of my favorite holidays with food, family, football, and of course, music. To go along with the gratitude theme of Thanksgiving, here are the songs of my favorite musicians which I am most grateful for.


The Beatles

It is too hard to pick just one Beatles song I am most grateful for since I’m grateful that the group even existed and made such amazing, genius music. So I won’t pick a song for this group.

No Jacket Required

Phil Collins – “We Said Hello Goodbye”

This is my favorite song of any musician, of all time, ever. So of course it makes my list of songs I am most grateful for.

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Genesis – “That’s All”

This song reassures me that I am not the only one feeling what I am feeling. It is my go to song when things aren’t going right.

Primitive Love

Gloria Estefan – “Conga”

This is the first Gloria Estefan (actually Miami Sound Machine) song that I ever heard. Oddly, I first heard it playing in a scene on a slow moving TV soap opera. I am most grateful for it because it led me to seek out more songs by Gloria Estefan which, in turn, led me to being a huge fan of hers.

Jon Secada CD cover

Jon Secada – “Always Something”

I first heard this song at a 1991 Gloria Estefan concert when Jon Secada took over the microphone for this one song. I was amazed from the first note he sang. Hearing this song led me to buy every CD he released since then in both English and Spanish.

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Huey Lewis and the News – “Couple of Days Off”

I chose this lesser known Huey Lewis and the News song for several reasons. First of all, it is much more of a hard rocker than the band’s other songs. Secondly, I frequently relate to the desire for wanting “a couple days off”. Also, this song was played over a montage of my beloved New York Giants football team getting ready for training camp in 1991 so I now associate this song with the team.


Guitar Train passengers, which songs of your favorite musicians are you most grateful for and why?


Favorites Month: Gloria Estefan

All this month, Quirky T will be conducting the Guitar Train to stop at each of her all time favorite musicians. This week’s destination is Gloria Estefan. She is the first non-British musician of my favorites and also the only female.



Primitive Love
First Stop (The First Time I Heard Her Music)
The first Gloria Estefan song I ever heard was her song with the Miami Sound Machine called “Conga”.  I first heard it as the background song in a scene on the slow moving TV soap opera, “The Young and the Restless” in 1985. To this day, it is probably one of her most well known songs. My first thought upon hearing the song was, “What is that?” I had never heard such a fast tempo, fun song. It’s a good representation of her music with its Latin influence.


Second Stop (What I Did Next)
After hearing “Conga”, I made sure I bought all of Gloria Estefan’s past and future CDs from the CD mail order club I belonged to. I bought all her CDs in both English and Spanish. She’s so talented that she was able to make two versions of the same song, one in English and one in Spanish. Because of Gloria Estefan, I studied Spanish in high school as my second foreign language. (French is my first foreign language). I can sing Spanish phonetically because of Gloria Estefan’s songs. I might not always know what I am singing but I don’t believe she would conduct me down the wrong track.



Repeated Destinations (Favorite Song and Album)
My favorite Gloria Estefan CD is 1997’s “gloria!”. It is a non-stop dance party. On some tracks, it’s literally non-stop as one song goes right into the next one without stopping.
My favorite Gloria Estefan song is “I Just Wanna Be Happy”  from the same CD. I want everything she sings about in the song.

My favorite Spanish only Gloria Estefan song is “No Me Dejes De Querer” (“Flores” Del Caribe Mix)  from the 2000 CD “Alma Caribena”. It is a very fast, loud song with a great beat.




Gloria Estefan's Destiny

Gloria Estefan’s Destiny

Now Departing (What Non-Fans Say about Her)
I have heard more criticism of Gloria Estefan because of her political views as a Cuban refugee than for her music.
I think the biggest misconception about her music is that it is all dance music. She has made many ballads and serious songs as well. Her 1996 CD “Destiny” is full of slow songs and only contains two fast, dance songs.


Conducting This Train (Why She Will Always be My Favorite)
Life is a mixture of fun, upbeat times and sad times. Music should reflect that. Gloria Estefan’s music does. My iPod playlist titled “Party Songs” is mostly filled with her music and I can’t be sad while listening to it. On the another track, if I want to wallow in heartbreak or feel I am not alone in a confusing romantic situation, I have several go to Gloria Estefan songs to listen to.



Cuts Both Ways
All Aboard (Why I Wish Others Would Listen to Her and Where to Start)
Everyone needs some fun and dancing in their lives. They also need exposure to a different culture. Gloria Estefan’s music gives me this and more. I recommend newcomers to Gloria Estefan listen to another of my favorite CDs of hers, 1989’s “Cuts Both Ways” because it contains a nice mix of fast songs, slow songs, and two songs translated into Spanish.
For a Spanish CD, I recommend 1995’s “Abriendo Puertas” which was only released in Spanish. It is also a nice mix of slow and fast songs.
Official Track
For more information, check out her website at Her official music videos on You Tube are from GloriaEstefanMusic and GloriaEstefanVEVO.


Guitar Train passengers, why do you wish other people would listen to your favorite musicians?

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