Introducing the Malaga Playlist

Next up in our My Malaga at Home series, we bring the sounds of this wonderful city. Only 1 of the 11 tracks that make up our Malaga Playlist actually feature local artists, but all of them make us feel good. They also all make us think of good times, sunshine, sea and being out and about in Malaga. Just what we all need right now while we wait for this to be over.

Take a look, watch the videos, sing along and forget about everything but Malaga for 44 minutes or so. And remember, stay safe, stay at home and this will pass – see you very soon in Malaga!

Track 1 – Coldplay and Viva la Vida

Something of a feel-good anthem, this one and we think a good choice to start with.

Why we chose it

Definitely because at the moment it’s Viva la Vida for all of us and it reminds us of an amazing performance we saw of this on Calle Granada by 2 street musicians.

Watch and listen here

Track 2 – Chambao and Ahí estás tú

The only Spanish song by local group Chambao, now disbanded, but whose flamenco fusion music expresses the heart and soul of Malaga and Andalusia.

Why we chose it

The lyrics say “Déjate lleva por las sensaciones” (let yourself be carried away by what you feel) and “Ahí estás tú” (there you are). It was also a very successful campaign by the regional tourist board back in 2004 and reminds you of the sun and summer. While the video quality isn’t the best, it does take you round this wonderful region of Andalusia and pops into several lovely places in Malaga.

Watch and listen here

Track 3 – Gypsy Kings and Volare

Party time on the Malaga playlist! Get those feet tapping, fingers clicking and sing your heart out on the chorus.

Why we chose it

A nod to the Italians who has sung this so much over the last few weeks. And because it’s just such a good tune!

Watch and listen here

Track 4 – Jack Johnson and Better Together

When all this is over, the world will probably be very different. And hopefully we’ll all realise that anything and everything is always better when we’re together.

Why we chose it

The lyrics say “it’s not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving. I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together”.

Here’s to all being together again. Very soon.

Watch and listen here

Track 5 – UnoMas & Alon and Paradise

Soon I’ll be stopping by. Take you to paradise

Why we chose it

Spanish poet Vicente Aleixandre called Malaga the city in paradise. Listen up, tap your feet and imagine yourself in your favourite spot in Malaga. Ours is walking underneath the pergola watching the sun dance on the waves.

Watch and listen here

Track 6 – Jason Matz and Living in the Moment

Something the last few weeks has taught us all is that there’s no planning ahead at the moment. Living in the moment, the here and now is all that matters.

Why we chose it

Listen up:
“So I just let go of what I know I don’t know
And I know I only do this by
Living in the moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home
Living in the moment”

Watch and listen here

Track 7 – ELO and My Blue Sky

Blue skies and solid sunshine are our regular diet in Malaga. After weeks of early spring, we’ve recently had a lot of rainy days… Whatever the weather where you are, enjoy a bit of blue sky.

Why we chose it

We all need some sunshine and plenty of it right now. (And also because I have the original double vinyl and the song and video take me right back to the late 70s… Check out the hair in the video – with no way of getting to the hairdressers, this could be all of us soon!)

Watch and listen here

Track 8 – Edwin Harkins Singers and Happy Day

The video shows the original from the late 60s, .

Why we chose it

Obvious reasons and it reminds of a free gospel concert at the Noche en Blanco in front of a flood-lit Alcazaba last year. Sing your heart out and here’s to many,many happy days!

Watch and listen here

Track 9 – farfetch’d and California Dreaming

First recorded by Barry Maguire, but the best-known version belongs to Mamas and Papas in 1965. However, we’ve gone for a much more modern take on this classic in the Malaga Playlist. Tap your feet and imagine you’re in Malaga.

Why we chose it

Just switch California for Malaga and that’s all of us. And one of our My Malaga At Home hashtags is #MalagaDreaming.

Watch and listen here

Track 10 – Jamie Cullum and These are the days

We’ve dropped the tempo a bit but kept the upbeat chill vibe. Listen up and imagine you’re on a rooftop terrace in Malaga enjoying a little something…

Why we chose it

Because it makes us feel relaxed and at home. And because of the lyrics. “Troubles of life, floating away like a bird in flight”. Cheers to that.

Watch and listen here

Track 11 – Stevie Wonder and You are the sunshine of my life

This version is of Stevie Wonder performing his classic at the White House. Amazing how they’re all sitting there po-faced while Michelle Obama is the only one getting into the groove…

Why we chose it

The last on our Malaga Playlist is another feel-good song and one for all the sunshines in your life. Here’s to being with them very soon. (And because my husband Jose María who compiled the playlist is a big Stevie Wonder fan!)

Watch and listen here

To listen to the My Malaga At Home playlist on Spotify click here.

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