So, it seems that I might be 100% Mexican after all. For some weird reason I’ve been listening to old Mexican music. A mixture of ballads and country in Spanish called Rancheras (Ranch music). Music from such artist as Pedro Infante, Pedro Negrete, and Vicente Fernandez, perhaps the American equivalents to Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin.
Now, there seems to be something soothing about this music, times were different out in the ranch… The term "macho" was used without the bat of an eye. These artists embodied a lot of the Mexican stereotypes that seem to still linger in today’s society. They were gun slinging drunkards always looking to make a conquest. However, regardless of the debauchery; family, friendship, and true love were their primary purpose in life.
A couple of songs that stand out in particular and a quick short translation:
Jorge Negrete y Pedro Infante