Today’s matchup is between a palace in Granada, Andalusia, Spain, and Ritchie Valens’ 1958 world famous hit song adpatation. Who or What is Al Hambra? And who or what is La Bamba? We will not only see, but we’ll see who wins. Al Hambra is a palace, and a fortress, but it is also a garden inspired by The Holy Quran. It is a literal construction of a heavenly garden. There are few metaphors for heaven, and one should appreciate horticulture to fully understand the meaning of the garden.
La Bamba is a folk song from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. It not only was adapted for the electric guitar, which was done in an era that was undergoing other folk transitions into rock and roll, so the song was in many ways revolutionary. But it was and still is the only song in the top 500 songs of all time sung in a language other than English, according to Rolling Stone.
Exhibit A is a photograph of one Patio de los Leones, also known as the Court of the Lions, and the Fabulous Fountain. There are gardens beneath which rivers flow, and cool shade under the gallery surrounding the court.
Exhibit B is a clip from the the 1987 film, La Bamba, starring Lou Diamond Phillips. As we can hear, the song is clearly one of the best songs ever produced.
I know it’s a difficult decision, and it’s unnecessary to pit two noble and grand phenomena against each other but I’ve already decided who won and the loser is You.