GITARISTA happens during the 1970s, a time when classical and pop music were more than just trends, they were a lifestyle. There are tons of music references in the novel. Here are the most important ones in the order in which they appeared in the story:
The Water is Wide
An english folk song Alejandro Sebastian heard at the Pirates Marina, where he first fell in love with the guitar’s soothing tone. Featured below is James Taylor’s version.
Walk This Way by Aerosmith, 1975
Alejandro Sebastian’s morning commute going to school becomes a race between a Japanese coupe, a Spanish horse carriage and an American jeepney.
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach
Alejandro’s first piece with his maestro. Also heard in the background during his breakdown.
Lady Linda by The Beach Boys
Nasaan Ka Irog (Where Art Thou, My Love)
Favorite song of Maestro Rocca’s wife.
Acercate Mas (Come Closer To Me)
From the highly controversial scandal of the 70s as exposed on the sex tapes by an American starlet and the most powerful man in the republic.
Alejandro’s competition piece is said to have “inspired numerous dramatic stories, ranging from biblical thunderstorms to devastating earthquakes”. Originally a piano composition by Isaac Albéniz.
The piece of Alejandro’s rival Eugene Vasquez composed by Agustin Barrios. Piece performed by Ana Vidovic. Yes, she’s hot.
Manila by Hotdog, 1972
Forerunner of the Manila Sound, original Filipino music.
Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera, 1935
Instrumental duet of Alejandro and violinist Dani, accompanying the newlyweds at Intramuros.
Here is the version with vocals:
We’ve Only Just Begun
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours (1970) and You Are The Sunshine of My Life (1973) by Stevie Wonder
Played by a piano player at a posh Italian restaurant in downtown Cubao.
Sa Ugoy ng Duyan (Sway of The Cradle)
Alejandro’s lullaby song.
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