Siboney Cellars – The inspiration Behind the Name
Siboney Cellars takes its name from a personal metaphor that speaks to the journey of the owners, and is embodied in several meanings of the word, Siboney (See-Bo-NAY)
- Siboney is a beautiful old Cuban song written in 1929 by Ernesto Lecuona. A true child prodigy and prolific songwriter, Lecuona composed many classical pieces, theatrical plays, and ground-breaking Afro-Cuban songs. Well known in Cuba, Latin America and the USA, nominated for an Academy Award, and inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, his musical career spanned 5 decades before his passing in 1963 in the Canary Islands.
- Siboney was adopted in Cuba as a cross-over song with great popular appeal (well before Fidel Castro), to the point where it became an unofficial national anthem — the song is played by the television network at the end of broadcast each night.
- Siboney has been recorded in dozens of arrangements over the decades, and featured by artists including Placido Domingo and Bing Crosby, and more contemporary to Texas, The Mavericks (who one day we hope to meet). Listen to the original classical version by Ernesto Lecuona, the flawless interpretation by virtuoso Thomas Tirino, and several by the Buena Vista Social Club.
- Lyrically, in English, Siboney is nothing more than a catchy pop tune evoking the rhythms of a Havana night club, crooned by Bing Crosby. The original Spanish lyrics, however, written by Lecuona, are a different matter. The Canto Siboney speaks of a man calling to his one eternal love, without whom he cannot live. The one who he asks to come to him, the treasure in his heart valued beyond all. That even in the murmuring of the palm trees in the breeze, he wishes to be thought of by his one true love. Entreating for his love to hear his voice, his clarion call, his voice of crystal, and not to lose this calling amid the many distractions of life, he loves her, and without her love, he will die. This, without doubt, is passion defined. Perhaps in a future post we will showcase the lyrics in Spanish, as we are seeking permission to feature a version sung in Spanish that is particularly haunting in its rendition.
- This life journey — to discover, recognize and follow the clarion call – to hear life’s passions – and not to lose track of the fragility of this song in the midst of life’s chaos – this is the passion that brought the owners together 10 years ago. And it happened on a trip in Bordeaux. Since that moment, Barbara and Miguel have endeavored to stay in touch with this calling.
- Siboney Cellars is the embodiment of this journey. Siboney Cellars is a life’s passion. Pursued, realized, savored.
The composer of Siboney, Ernesto Lecuona, is Miguel’s great uncle.
Would you like to hear Siboney as it was originally composed for solo piano? We have permission from BIS recording artist Thomas Tirino to feature his virtuoso recording of Canto Siboney here, and it is the only one we know of that faithfully replicates the version Ernesto recorded in 1954 for RCA, for there is no sheet music of this rendition. Mr. Tirino executed this recording through his own efforts by ear, in 1995. Bravo Thomas, thank you for allowing us to feature you!