Pineapple Princess

by CRISTINA QUESADA

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NEW ADVENTURES IN POP 032

Cristina Quesada has been showing off the ukulele on stage in Elefant parties and online for a long time now, giving us little advances of her music and making us fall in love with her singular charm. That’s exactly why we were so impatient to see what shape her record-label debut would take. A music-lover from a very young age, she studied music theory and violin starting at age 7, until at 13 she bought a guitar and began to play versions of her favorite songs. She broadened her artistic horizons, joining theater groups, which has led her to her current participation in a children’s program on television in the Canary Islands called, “El Club De Archi”. At 15 she discovered the unmistakable sound of the ukulele, which she thoroughly mastered, and which ultimately led her to record her versions. And this is how we got to the 7” that we currently have before us. The single opens with the well-known “Pineapple Princess”, which pulls on the Hawaiian evocations of the instrument, surrounding her innocent voice and dreamy desires for a perfect love, in that song by the Sherman Brothers, made popular by Annette Funicello. “Secret Song”, on the other hand, highlights the more intimate and melancholic side of things, among luminous harmonies and a delicate glockenspiel, on the first of her original songs. “Tonight You Belong To Me” is a version of a North American classic from 1926, written by Billy Rose and Lee David, that maintains all its delicacy and elegance under Cristina’s trembling voice. On the other side of the single there is a poetic and bare revision of “Viaje A Los Sueños Polares” that shows the marvels of FAMILY’s melodies without additives or flashy touches. “I Don’t Know” was composed with Paul Bevoir, who was responsible for the arrangements and production of the single from London. He brings just the right details to adorn the songs without stealing the spotlight from Cristina’s voice and her omnipresent ukulele. To wrap things up, we have another version. This time it’s “Let’s Together”, which was made famous in the original version of that movie called “Parent Trap” and which was also written by the Sherman brothers, who were responsible for so many scores from the Disney factory, like “Mary Poppins”, “The Aristocats”, and “The Jungle Book”. Is it a nod? Is it a declaration of intentions? What we know for sure is that we’re still here, sighing for our beloved Cristina. You captured Pineapple Princess for us.

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released June 24, 2013

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Track Name: Pineapple Princess
Pineapple Princess, he calls me pineapple princess all day
As he plays his ukelele on the hill above the bay
Pineapple Princess, I love you you’re the sweetest girl I’ve seen
Someday we’re gonna marry and you’ll be my Pineapple Queen

I saw a boy in Ohau isle
Floating down the bay on a crocodile
He waved at me and he swam ashore
And I knew he’d be mine forevermore

Pineapple Princess, he calls me Pineapple Princess all day
As he plays his ukelele on the hill above the bay
Pineapple Princess, I love you you’re the sweetest girl I’ve seen
Someday we’re gonna marry and you’ll be my Pineapple Queen

He sings his song from banana trees
He even sings to me on his water skis
We went skiing-diving and beneath the blue
He sang and play his ukelele too

Pineapple Princess, he calls me Pineapple Princess all day
As he plays his ukelele on the hill above the bay
Pineapple Princess, I love you you’re the sweetest girl I’ve seen
Someday we’re gonna marry and you’ll be my Pineapple Queen

We’ll settle down in a bamboo hut
And he will be my own little coconut
Then we’ll be beach-combing royalty
On wicky, wicky, wacky waikiki

Pineapple Princess, he calls me Pineapple Princess all day
As he plays his ukelele on the hill above the bay
Pineapple Princess, I love you you’re the sweetest girl I’ve seen
Someday we’re gonna marry and you’ll be my Pineapple Queen
Track Name: Secret Song
I have got a secret that I want to let you know
I can’t keep it to myself anymore
Today I’m gonna tell you I don’t want to let you go
It’s something that I should have said before

But everyday my heart is learning
Everyday the world is turning and turning

We could walk out in the rain or stay home for a while
It really doesn’t matter what we do
Now you know my secret, well I hope it makes you smile
And I hope you feel the same way too

Cause everyday my heart is falling
Everyday my love is calling and calling

Will you kiss me like you say?
Will you miss me if I fly away? If I fly away
Track Name: Tonight You Belong To Me
I know you belong to somebody new
But tonight you belong to me
Although we’re apart, you’re a part of my heart
And tonight you belong to me

Lay down by the stream
How sweet it would seem
Once more just to dream
In the moonlight

My honey I know with the dark that you will be gone
But tonight you belong to me
But tonight you belong to me
Just to little old me
Track Name: Viaje A Los Sueños Polares
Cuando pesen demasiado la rutina
El trabajo y la vida en la ciudad
Nos iremos en un viaje infinito
Con esa tonta sensación de libertad

Hacia el fondo de ese mundo del que me has hablado tanto
Paraíso de glaciares y de bosques polares
Donde miedos y temores se convierten en paisajes
De infinitos abedules, de hermosura incomparable

Dibujamos sobre un mapa imaginario
Autopistas de gran velocidad
Nos invade una ilusión desconocida
Y nuestra única intención es avanzar

Hacia el fondo de ese mundo del que me has hablado tanto
Paraíso de glaciares y de bosques polares
Donde miedos y temores se convierten en paisajes
De infinitos abedules, de hermosura incomparable
Donde siempre te querré
Track Name: I Don't Know
Is it the way that he loves me each day?
Really I don’t know
Is it the way he knows just what to say?
Really I don’t know

Is it the way that he needs me whenever we’re apart?
Is it the way he believes me, that always melts my heart?
I don’t know, I don’t know

Is it his hair or the clothes that he’s wearing?
Well I don’t know
Is it the way that he cares in each moment we’re sharing?
Well I don’t know

Is it the way that he kisses that makes me want to fly?
Is it the way that I miss him before he says goodbye?
I don’t know, I don’t know

Is it the way that he plays his guitar?
Really I don’t know
Is it the way that he makes me a star?
Really I don’t know

Is it the way that he holds me
Is that the reason why?
Maybe the things that he’s told me?
You’ll ask me ‘till I die
I don’t know, I don’t know

Is it his walk?, is it his talk?
Wo, wo, wo I don’t know
Is it his smile?, is it his style?
Wo, wo, wo I don’t know
Is it his hands?, is it his charms?
Wo, wo, wo I don’t know
Is it his hands?, the way that he stands?
Wo, wo, wo I don’t know
Track Name: Let's Get Together
Let’s get together, yeah, yeah, yeah
Why don’t you and I combine?
Let’s get together, what do you say?
We can have a swinging time

We’d be crazy team
Why don’t we make a scene?
Together, oh, oh, oh, oh

Let’s get together, yeah, yeah, yeah
Think of all that we could share
Let’s get together, everyday
Everyway and everywhere

And though we haven’t got a lot
We could be sharing all we’ve got
Together

Oh, I really think you’re swell
Aha, we really ring the bell
Oh wee, and if you stick with me
Nothing could be greater, say hey, alligator!

Let’s get together, yeah, yeah, yeah
Two is twice as nice as one
Let’s get together, right away
We’ll be having twice the fun

And you can always count on me
A gruesome twosome we will be
Together, oh, oh, oh, oh
Together