Love Is Te Quiero
A happy ukulele strum (courtesy of James Coffey) greets listeners on the title track, setting the tone for this bilingual CD from Cuban-American Alina Celeste, a singer-songwriter with a notably clear, sweet soprano. Arranged with a deft mix of folk, Caribbean, and Latin rhythms, the album’s bouncy original and traditional songs, sung in Spanish and English, extend an irresistible invitation to dance and clap along. “Stardust” (not the Hoagy Carmichael classic), with cricket and frog sounds and glockenspiel chime, is an unexpectedly soulful, quirky treat: “Oh, we’re all just a little piece of stardust/we’re all just a little piece of sky/and if we ever should be parted, I’ll look up to see a piece of you and I.”
Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.