La nena tiene tumbao.

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I woke up this morning (ok, this afternoon) wanting to listen to Celia Cruz’s song “La Vida es un Carnaval.” (“Life is a Carnival.”)

It just has so many good lines… like “La pena se va cantando” (“The sadness goes away by singing”), which somehow sounds better than something like “Sing your blues away.”

Anyway, I didn’t feel like looking for the song on iTunes and we don’t own any Celia CDs (I know, travesty for a Cuban), so I pulled up the video on YouTube:

Mariel was sitting on my lap and when she saw Celia in all her outrageousness, mineando with her ample hips and bobbing up and down with her shellacked helmet of peroxided hair, she just started laughing. I’m talking full body giggles.

So after “La Vida es un Carnaval” we listened to “La Negra Tiene Tumbao”:

and the giggles continued, along with full body lurches toward the screen.

Here’s to tumbao- hope these songs make you as happy as they make Mariel.

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