One Track Mind: Tish Hinojosa, “Me Captivo Con Su Mirar [A Certain Softness]” (2013)

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There are number of delicate treasures to be found on Tish Hinojosa’s 15th solo album After the Fair, her first since 2008’s Our Little Planet. Start with this Paul McCartney cover.

Hinojosa, a San Antonio native and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, transforms this deep cut from Chaos and Creation in the Backyard into a lilting Spanish-language lament, complete with complex and intriguing rhythms, a regal trumpet signature and this swirling organ — all surrounding her oaken, insistently romantic vocals.

Elsewhere, After the Fair makes a series of references to her recent time in Hamburg, including familiar elements of German culture like the traditional Dom fair, the Reeperbahn and the Schlaggermove parade. Elsewhere, she transforms “Deportee,” the Woody Guthrie track, through a similar Spanish translation.

McCartney’s “Me Captivo Con Su Mirar,” a song that’s as tender as it is mysterious in this new iteration, might be the best entry point for the uninitiated. Hinojosa has taken something familiar and rendered in its an entirely new way.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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