Como Abeja Al Panel (Like a Bee to the Honeycomb) is the third song to feature from Juan Luis Guerra in this Music Library Project. What entails the ‘Music Library Project’?
All three songs so far are from Guerra’s hugely popular 1990 Bachata Rosa. Juan Luis is one of my favourite Latin artists. I imagine that more songs will appear from him here than any other Latin artist in my collection.
Como Abeja Al Panel follows very much the genre of ‘Bachata’ music which originated from Domincan Republic where Juan Luis is from. The album Bachata Rosa which sold over 5 million copies catapulted the genre onto the international stage. For more information about the genre ‘Bachata’ I refer you to my post about the Bachata Rosa.
Como Abeja al Panal was the first single released from the album. It peaked at 31 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs. Interestingly it reached No 55 on the Netherlands single chart. It’s a very romantic song and wonderfully written by Juan Luis. Not only was he blessed with a stellar voice, he is also a naturally gifted songwriter of the old school.
When I come to your door(loose English translation)
The bee reaches the honeycomb
The bee comes to the honeycomb,
Hey! Love me like I love you…
Look for me like a bee to the honeycomb
Drink the honey of my life
Hey! Love me
Just once, look and find me
So that my wound heals.
Prior to the release of Bachata Rosa, Bachata was generally regarded as lower-class music in the Dominican Republic and did not receive media attention. After Guerra released the album, bachata became socially accepted by the middle- and upper-classes. In 2015, Billboard listed Bachata Rosa as one of the Essential Latin Albums of Past 50 Years stating that “Guerra created an uplifting, love-themed experience from start to finish and stretched Bachata’s limits by playing with merengue, salsa and Afro-Caribbean rhythms”
1. Bachata Rosa -wikipedia