Bachata is a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural marginal neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic. Its subjects are usually romantic; especially prevalent are tales of heartbreak and sadness. In fact, the original term used to name the genre used to be "amargue" ("bitterness," or "bitter music"), until the rather ambiguous (and mood-neutral) term bachata became popular. Bachata grew out of - and is still closely related to - the pan Latin-American romantic style called Bolero. Over time, it has been influenced by Merengue - a fast paced danceable music also native to the Dominican Republic - and by a variety of Latin American guitar styles.