Mario Barrantes Espinoza
El cantar del playo or… a song is a rose is a thorn
You appeared in my mind on the dance floor last night. You were smiling back at me. Mom sings in the living room. The radio is on. “How can I not admire you… if all the time I carry you in my mind, in my dreams and in my heart”. Love, my head is spinning.
The romantic music of various Spanish-speaking artists as far back as the 1960s is popular again… now these songs fuel the nightlife of Costa Rica in the early 2010’s. Plancha, as the genre was later called, revived the nostalgic music that our mothers and grandmothers listened to while doing housework (música de plancha literally translates into ‘music for ironing clothes’). The songs are full of theatricality, often celebrating the fantasy and suffering of romantic love, closely linked to telenovela culture and to the