The idea of recording the live performance and subsequently releasing the album didn’t come until La Marisoul was in rehearsals and thought, “This feels really special.”
“I wanted to save this moment for me and my dad. And also capture this awesome moment as I’m starting to venture out into my own career as a soloist and try something different,” she says, adding, “I love my band and we’re still together, actually finishing an album right now, but it feels nice to experience of getting that I put together on my own.”
Below, La Marisoul breaks down five essential tracks on The Love Notes Orchestra, exclusively for Billboard.
It’s a song by La Sonora Santanera that I would listen with my dad. He loved that band and he always liked to get dressed up in his suits and his stylish hats whenever he’d listen to them. “Urge” is a song that he loved so that’s why I chose to include it.
This song is a bolero that I heard and learned to sing years ago when I was singing on Olvera Street with trios in L.A. The local musicians would sing it to my aunt when she’d visit Olvera Street. You know who these musicians can be so flirty, so they’d sing it to her. My aunt was one of my dad’s best friend and I wanted to sing “Bonita” in her memory because she isn’t here anymore. I like to think that maybe they’re together now and that they’re listening to these songs together.
It’s a song I heard by Monna Bell and I guess this was a hit in the 50s. It sounds very fun with its big band sound. This was one of the first songs that I knew instantly I’d want to sing with a live orchestra. It was a lot of fun and we made a music video. It’s a very DIY music video.
“Amar Y Vivir”
I love the lyrics and sang this song that La Santa Cecilia recorded in out other album under the same name. I just feel like that there are songs that teach you lessons and this is one of those songs. We have to live our life and let’s live life with a lot of love. It definitely had to be part of the set list.
It’s a song that I also heard thanks to my dad. He would often play Toña la Negra, she was a singer from Veracruz and I remember watching the movie Angelitos Negros, a black and white movie with Pedro Infante. It’s about a woman who denies her Afro-Mexican roots and this is a movie from the 1940s. I just thought that I wanted to include this song to address that we’re still fighting against racism and that racism is very much alive not only in the U.S. but also in Latin America. I always feel the need to add at least a song on topics that need to be talked about.