Sangron by Tapia Corel
“Sangron," written by Tapia Corel, and performed by Partners ‘n Crime, with Jim Rhodes, is a light-hearted, Tex-Mex, Spanglish song about a universal condition: the mooch, who always has something better to do than find a job, or do anything constructive. Written from a woman’s perspective, it is uses humor, wit with an uplifting rhythm section to create an infectious, theme, replete with a party crowd, making accessible to all no matter what language they speak.
During live performances, Sangron received such positive responses (I know that guy! Hey, that’s my uncle!), and reception from audiences, Partners ‘n Crime decided to release it as a single. In an effort to do justice to the song, they added a wide array of Latin instruments, i.e. nylon guitar, jarana, accordion, guiro and tres (Cuban guitar), as well as tight Chicano harmonies and boisterous “gritos” for full effect.
When listening to Sangron, it is impossible to close your eyes and imagine anything but the singer getting the last laugh, and final say on the direction of her life. “Sangron” is not a nice guy, but the story of how he is viewed is filled with wry humor, glee and a taste of shadenfreude that makes you want to order your own “cerveza with a lime,” and get up and dance.