Listen to “Puente Alsina” by Osvaldo Pugliese y su Orquesta Típica with Jorge Vidal, 1949:
Singer and composer
(12 August 1924 – 14 September 2010)
n the daily language that men use it is possible to find hints that mark some of their facets. That day of 1992 when I met with El Negro Jorge Vidal in his office, the first thing that he told me was: «Wait a minute that I have to go to the viorsi (toilet). And with this single word that is already out of fashion, even in old lunfardo, the guy was sketching his own portrait. When he returned he touched my shoulder: “Yes, brother, tell me…” And he sat down to please all my questions.
«From an early age I had a clear position towards life, concerning social and political matters. And I was very lucky, God was always on my side. There were many bitter times, characteristic of the humans, but I was putting them in a corner». And he finished his introduction with this hard sentence, without concessions, easy to express, but not so easy to take into practice: «Man should always have the interest to continue ahead and to keep on fighting. When he loses his capacity of astonishment, when there is nothing that may draw his attention, when he no longer has an interest that allows him to keep on living with enthusiasm and he doesn’t have strength to improve, well, he’d better kill himself.
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