It wasn’t long after I started my YouTube reaction channel in the fall of 2019 that someone requested a video reaction to Juan Gabriel.
I’m so glad they did!
Over the past year and a half, I have learned so much more about this iconic Mexican singer and songwriter. Not only by reacting to multiple live performances of some of his best songs, but also by watching the television series about his life titled “Hasta Que Te Concoci” which is available on Amazon Video.
I’ve taken a journey with an artist I wasn’t familiar with and for which I now have the highest level of respect as one of my favorite musician’s of all time.
I started with “Amor Eterno” as I’d seen an article about the song in regards to the mass shooting in El Paso. It educated me about the importance of this song in the Hispanic community. It’s such a beautiful melody with wonderful lyrics. And Juan’s voice is just perfection, as he shares the emotions of love and loss.
Just a week or so later, I would take more advice from the comments section and learn of his long-term musical partnership with the wonderful Spanish singer, Rocio Durcal. This duet was just mesmerizing to watch. I learned more about her a month or so later as I reviewed her version of “Amor Eterno”.
Next, less than a month after that first video, I learned of his masterpiece, “Hasta Que Te Concoci”, another song performed at that iconic concert at Palacio de Bellas Artes in 1990. A song and performance that won’t leave your mind. The marachi, the crowd, the lyrics, his voice…it’s all a combination for an instant classic. It’s the first and only video on the Master of Voice channel to have over 2 Million views!
It wasn’t much later in the month of November 2019, that I discovered this great performance of his song “Asi Fue” and I accidentally read the lyrics for the Isabel Pantoja version using the word “her” instead of “him”. The comments were fun on that mistake! Haha!
In early December that year, I learned more about the Festival de Viña in Chile – where all the top acts in Latin Music converge once every spring – by reviewing his performance of “Abrázame Muy Fuerte” there in 2002.
During the Christmas holiday season of 2019, it was fun to see his performance of an upbeat holiday tune like his song “Tú serás mi Navidad”. He was having such a fun time and it did my heart good to see it again this past holiday season.
Then, on January 7th, Juan Gabiel’s birthday, I discovered this gem of a performance from that same 2002 show in Chile of one of his most famous songs, “Querida”.
On Valentine’s Day of 2020, it was back to that great concert in Mexico City in 1990 with his performance of “Inocente Pobre Amigo”.
In March of 2020, our worlds were changing and I was honored to keep learning more about Juan and Rocio with this performance of “El Destino”. Another beautiful duet between these two wonderful singers!
In the Summer of 2020, it was time for more Juanga and I went with one the most-requested songs of his, “La Farsante”. He was performing on a 1980s television show hosted by legendary Mexican performer Lola Beltrán.
It was later in 2020 that I learned about this wonderful song and performance of “Ya Lo Sé Que Tú Te Vas”. It’s a song that stayed in my head for weeks. So excellent!
I was honored this past weekend to fulfill a long-requested reaction to his salsa duet with Marc Anthony and, I must tell you, it’s brilliant! The camaraderie these two have in this fun take on Juan’s beautiful original version of the song is magical. Check it out!
I hope you enjoyed this stroll through my journey of learning about Juan Gabriel, The Diva of Juarez! He’s so impressive to me and I enjoy keeping his musical legacy alive by honoring so many of his great performances. More to come soon!
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