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Alina Celeste | Love Is Te Quiero

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Love Is Te Quiero

by Alina Celeste

Feist meets Gloria Estefan in this sweet, joyful ode to love for the whole family.
Genre: Kids/Family: Sing-Along/Interactive
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love Is
3:05 $0.99
2. Vaca Lechera
2:28 album only
3. Clap Hands
1:49 $0.99
4. Baila Conmigo
2:40 $0.99
5. Debajo de un Botón
2:10 $0.99
6. Coquinas
2:42 $0.99
7. Chito and Abu
2:10 $0.99
8. Kitty Catchie
2:25 $0.99
9. Te Quiero
2:47 $0.99
10. Stardust
3:18 $0.99
11. Los Pollitos
2:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Alina Celeste’s music is creative, joyous, and eclectic, much like the city of Miami where, as a child, she thrived in a multi-cultural, multi-generational environment that held no reservations about the phrase “I love you … Te quiero.” As Alina explains, “After living in Los Angeles and touring America for the better part of a decade, when I moved back to Miami, I began to fully realize how my childhood was blessed by this uncommon metropolis. It became my mission to share my hometown’s culture with the world at large and to celebrate the many loving relationships that have been a part of my life. The album title, Love is Te Quiero, makes me smile because, in many ways, it is reflective of how people often speak in Miami – saying something in one language and then immediately in the other!”

The songs on Love is Te Quiero carry messages of love, acceptance, and friendship in a fusion of bluegrass, Caribbean, Latin American, and contemporary styles that, like Alina herself, speaks to the unity of America: one loving, respecting, accepting hemisphere where North, South, and Central define location rather than division. The album kicks off with “Love Is,” a bouncy tune in which Alina Celeste’s crystal-clear voice sings of the many ways pure and simple love for a special person can be demonstrated. Next up is “Vaca Lechera,” a Spanish children’s song from 1943 about a magical dairy cow who makes milkshakes instead of milk. Needless to say, it’s a big hit every time Alina performs it, onstage or off.

“Clap Hands,” is an action song in English and was modeled after an old Caribbean nursery rhyme. Alina sings it with a gospel inflection, in marked contrast to the way she interprets “Baila Conmigo,” sung in Spanish in a pop style familiar to listeners of Mexican radio. Alina has always plumbed the musical eclecticism of her childhood for repertoire. She chose for this album an ancient Latin American folk song, “Debajo de un Botón,” the tale of a mouse so tiny, it was hiding under a button, and when writing “Kitty Catchie,” with its abundance of joyful nonsense words, Alina Celeste was inspired by a Civil War-era ditty.

Coquinas, butterflies of the ocean, are shells of that shape that can be found all over the beaches of West Florida. Happy memories of beach time with her mother inspired Alina to compose “Coquinas,” which is sung to infectious Latin rhythms played ever so gracefully along with a superb vocal background. Written as she was leaving Los Angeles, “Stardust” is Alina’s tender love letter and goodbye to that chapter of her life. Love is Te Quiero comes to a gentle conclusion with the beloved Latin American folk song “Los Pollitos,” which Alina Celeste makes her own with the purity of her voice and a very light childlike accompaniment.

Born in Miami to a Cuban father and American mother, Alina Celeste’s upbringing exposed her to a wide array of popular music, from Celia Cruz to the Beatles. Her dad, a self-taught musician who played trumpet, piano, guitar, and harmonica all through the house, likes to say that Alina “came out hootin’ and hollerin’” and just never stopped. For Alina, it seemed that singing was the only way to make as much noise as possible and not get in trouble! Alina’s mom loved the Beach Boys, while her dad was a fan of the Allman Brothers, Credence Clearwater, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Lou Rawls, and Albita. Add to this mix a Cuban grandmother who loves show tunes, and it becomes clear that Alina Celeste was destined for a life in music.

After college, Alina got a job teaching music in the Miami-Dade County public school system. About a year later, she decided to leave the security of a full-time teaching job to be an artist. Her first “artist” job was playing the lead in a production of Pinocchio. Since then she has acted at a Renaissance Faire and lived next to a petting zoo; worked in theater in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles; sung back-up for a band in Puget Sound; and played at the Viper Room and the Hotel Café with her band, The Luvnauts. She also spent time as a teaching artist in Los Angeles, where she did multicultural music and story residencies, developed curriculums for music programs that ranged from Mommy-and-Me-style classes to language immersion preschools and created kindergarten and elementary school units devoted to Americana, Play-Party, and Music & Movement.

Alina Celeste has taught, performed, and presented workshops and master classes throughout the United States and internationally in cities as far-flung as Santiago de Atitlán in Guatemala and Kempsey and Melbourne in Australia. Her YouTube channel won a 2018 Parents’ Choice® Gold Award, she was the first kindie artist to play at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, and she was nominated for Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers at Tropical Elementary School during her first year of teaching. Alina is on the board of The Children’s Music Network and wholeheartedly believes in that organization’s mission to bring music education to every child and honor every child’s experience through music. With Hamlet Meneses, she co-founded the Being Bilingual Rocks Foundation. Through the Foundation, she hopes to celebrate bilingual life by working to make it the norm rather than the exception, to encourage children to not only learn multiple languages but also engage with other cultures, and to provide children in communities that are not typically represented in the media with mirrors of their own experiences and languages.



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