La Venia Bendita (1997) – Marco Antonio Solis

I was awestruck by ‘this song ‘La Venia Bendita‘ the first time I heard it and it continues to captivate me. Marco Antonio Solís sings this with such vigour, but the delicateness and passion are manifest. It also makes me both happy and sad. The juxtaposition between the Mariachis wailing and Solis’ aching delivery really sets this song apart.

This is the second song to be presented in recent days heralding from Mexico in the ‘Ranchera‘ genre. The title ‘La Venia Bendita‘ (the Reverential Blessing) can be interpreted when a couple is going to get married in the Catholic church and the father (priest) blesses that union with the ceremony; this means that the couple already has the reverential blessing of God to live together.

A loose English translation of the initial verses follows:

Sing it with feeling, as you know, Marco

He lacks hours a day, to continue loving us
it was barely noon
And today we are dawning
Only our souls know what is happening

We lack blood in our veins, to endure what we feel
And more holes in the ground
For the time to die
Where to bury so much death from this that we live so much today?

Kiss me like this, slowly and let’s lengthen the destiny
Well, this beautiful love
What happened to us along the way?
It has the reverential blessing of the powerful divine

Marco Antonio Solís Sosa (born 29 December 1959) is a Mexican musician, singer, composer, and record producer. Solís has been awarded five Latin Grammy Awards, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and has been inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame. Solís also became known in the industry for outside writing and producing for popular singers such as Rocío Dúrcal who has featured here.

1. Marco Antonio Solís – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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