Cultural connections: Four songs to explore using Google Earth
I recently got permission to download Google Earth and it is addictive. For class, we’ve used it to look at the cropland around the towns in California where Francisco Jimenez grew up as a migrant child. We’ve used it to explore as much as possible the trip up the Orinoco by Alex and the crew from International Geographic. Recently it’s occurred to me that it could be fun to use it as a cultural connector to explore songs as well. Here’s a brief list I thought of.
1. What’s the distance between Ciudad Nueva and San Pedro de Macorís? How many baseball fields can you see in a quick flyover of San Pedro? La llave de mi corazón, Juan Luis Guerra
2. Where/what size is Medellín relative to Bogotá? Lo que me gusta a mí, Juanes
3. Track the lover’s search from Guaynabo to Aguadilla to El Cabo to Miami in No me hagas sufrir, Manny Manuel
4. Have a whirlwind tour of the planet tracking another lover’s search in La Travesía, Juan Luis Guerra
Be careful, I promise it’s addictive!