In September 2015 we put out the first, titled "Esperanzas" ("Hopes"), of two Venezuelan waltzes. Your Venezuelan waltz from October 2015 features the wonderful Venezuela-born, New Orleans-living vocalist, Yulene Velásquez, and her husband, accordionist Michael Ward-Bergman, in a lovely, nostalgic rhapsody called "Recordando a Venezuela" ("Remembering Venezuela").

Lyricist Gerardo Petit wrote the poem in the early 1970s upon encountering a statue of "El Libertador," Simón Bolívar, in Central Park, New York City. The words tell of his longing for his homeland and his pride in being Venezuelan. The
lyrics were set to music by award winning Venezuelan composer Manuel Delgado and we present here our version
arranged by Ms. Velásquez and Panorama clarinetist Ben Schenck.


Nostalgia, me lleno de nostalgia
Al sentirme ausente de mi patria querida
Recordando su gente , sus pueblos, sus praderas
Y mientras más recuerdo, más te quiero Venezuela

Me dicen que ahora estás más bella,
Que los que te visitan se quedan encantados
Se emociona mi alma y emprendo una oración
Dando gracias al cielo y a nuestro Libertador.

Orgullosa me siento al decir "Venezuela"
Pues tienes para todos un poco de amistad
Aquí lo he comprobado desde un pais lejano
Todo el que te visita quiere volver allá.

English Translation:

Nostalgia, I am filled with nostalgia
When I feel far away from my beloved country
Remembering its people, its villages, its meadows...
And the more memories I have, I love you more Venezuela.

They tell me that now you are more beautiful,
That everyone who visits you is enchanted.
It thrills my soul and I undertake a prayer thanking
Heaven and our Deliverer.

I feel proud to say "Venezuela"
Because you have for everyone a bit of friendship.
Even from this far away country, I have the proof
Everyone who visits you wants to return.


from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, released May 1, 2015
Recorded June 16, 2015 at Listen Up! Studios, New Orleans, LA
Yulene Velásquez - Vocal
Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Tomas Majcherski - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Michael Ward-Bergeman - Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Banjo
Matt Perrine - Tuba
Paul Thibodeaux - Drums
Doug Garrison - Maracas

Produced by Ben Schenck
Music arranged by Yulene Velásquez and Ben Schenck
Lyrics by Gerardo Petit, Music by Manuel Delgado
Published by Orbemusa (ASCAP)
Recorded, edited and mixed by Michael Seaman at Listen Up! Studios, New Orleans, LA
Mastered by Lu Rojas at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Graphic design by Ben Schenck
Cover photo by Greg Miles
Photo of Ms Velásquez by Michael Ward-Bergeman


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