Life has a habit of taking us by surprise.
When I recently committed to posting something each month about art in Spain, but I never expected to end up posting about that same subject twice in one week.
A sad adios to Spain's greatest guitarist
But, today at the age of just 66, Spain’s greatest guitarist, Paco de Lucia, departed for the great Flamenco ‘Peña’ (club) in the sky, so of course I had to pay him homage.
Taking Flamenco to the world
Born in 1947 as Francisco Sánchez Gómez in Algeciras in the province of Cádiz, he was known as Paco (a common nickname for Francisco) de (of) Lucía - his mother’s name.
Paco de Lucía is acknowledged as having elevated Flamenco music to the national and international popularity it enjoys today.
He also initiated a trend for Flamenco fusion that continues to evolve despite its purist detractors.
De Lucía and Saura
De Lucía was responsable for music in a number of films including those of one of my favourite Spanish directors Carlos Saura, as well as collaborating with another Spanish Flamenco great, Camerón de la Isla, and numerous international musicians.
There is no music like Flamenco to bring a tear to the eye but since the departure of Paco from the world has already brought too many today, I offer you an upbeat piece from a very young de Lucía.
Watch the lightness with which his fingers move across the strings and frets - at times appearing to be barely moving, yet bringing forth perfect notes at the most amazing speed.
R.I.P. Paco. I’m sure you’re still out there somewhere making heavenly music!