This is a beau­ti­ful and sim­ple lit­tle Spanish-inflected melody, writ­ten by Madon­na, Pa­trick Leonard, and Bruce Gaitsch. It sold a lot of records for her and is a sta­ple of her live shows.

San Pedro

Last night I dreamt of San Pedro…

Wikipedia says the song was writ­ten as an in­stru­men­tal, then Madon­na added words and melody. But it sounds like a sin­gle voice and vi­sion.

I’m an ad­mir­er of Madon­na but not re­al­ly a big fan of most of her mu­sic. The ac­tu­al songs on­ly rarely rise to great­ness, as La Is­la Boni­ta does. But by pure force of will she be­came, for a num­ber of years, the sex­i­est, most attention-worthy wom­an in the world.

I al­so ad­mire her show­man­ship and pro­fes­sion­al­is­m. Nobody’s ev­er gone to a Madon­na show with­out com­ing away im­pressed. A lot more performers’ con­certs would be pushed over the edge from fine to fan­tas­tic if they brought her lev­el of ded­i­ca­tion and prac­tice and pol­ish to the show.

This is the 105th in the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Spo­ti­fy, iTunes, Ama­zon. There seems to be a video per­for­mance from ev­ery Madon­na tour in liv­ing mem­o­ry. My faves are this one from 1986 and this from 2001.

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