Photographed in the Arizona desert, I love how the light plays and shimmers through the leaves of this plant.
And the name, you ask?
The Fandango music of the 18th Century is characterised by the lyrics which are made up of eight syllable lines, the use of castanets and the descending pattern of the chords (A minor – G – F – E). The singing in a Fandango follows a ‘cante’ structure and is often bipartite. It consists of four of five verses of eight syllable lines. Occasionally the first verse is repeated.
The Fandango is a dance which expresses the passion of the dancers. The two dancers often taunt each other by following their steps or by using gestures. A Fandango between two men is often a kind of dance-off, a competition of the dancers’ skills. In this version, the first dancer creates the rhythm and steps and the second dancer then uses that rhythm to perform a more elaborate dance. The word Fandango is therefore synonymous with ‘a quarrel’ or ‘an argument’.
Then, of course, there’s the Queen reference in Bohemian Rhapsody… Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?