Las Gringas Fave Cover of the Week: Ximena Sariñana y Jason Mraz!
At first, this particular cover tricks you because it actually kicks off in English. But stick with it because this cover is beautiful. The Spanish version of Jason Mraz‘s “Lucky“, “Suerte“, makes changes to the original that I think make this already great song even better!
“Suerte” features Mexican singer, Ximena Sariñana in lieu of Colbie Caillat. Sariñana released her debut album, Mediocre, in 2008 and released her second self-titled album in 2011. She is a bilingual artist, and regardless of the language she records in, her music in genuine and unique. (If you haven’t heard her yet click here to do so ASAP!) Now, Caillat is a very talented singer, and I love her music. However, Ximena offers a depth and dimensionality to this song that the original version is lacking.
Also, in translating “Lucky” into “Suerte” there were some very subtle changes made to the overall meaning of the song, that I think really make the tune more adult and relatable. Sometimes, Spanish just conveys things better than English can.
My favorite lyrical change is the following.
Suerte que hay más por conocer,
suerte que contigo creceré,
suerte que te tengo al volver.
Both versions really are quality songs, but if I have my choice, I’ll go with “Suerte“!