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I do not want to idealize the “natural man”, but our civilization took away the graceful walk of an elegant hunter-gatherer, leaving us instead the limping of a wounded beast.
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Is it too late for this realization?

At the individual level, aging poses a burden on us, making it more difficult, as time passes, to reconnect to our body, and with it, to the sensible aspects of our reality: shapes, colors, textures, smells, sensations, emotions, our sweat and that of others.

Our civilization, our education, train us, preferably, to be able to infer and deduce rather than perceive.

Still, perceiving is indispensable to our survival. But to the organization of our “modernized” societies it matters less that we develop good taste than that we are capable of accurate accounting.

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We are left on our own in matters of aesthetics.

If you do not care about beauty in your life, what are you? A hungry animal that is moved by primary necessities that urgently need to be satisfy: food, sex, shelter, instincts of self-preservation and protection of offspring.

The giant and complex machinery of our civilized modern societies is a great achievement of humankind, maximizing production, improving communications and supply chains, developing amazing urban conglomerates and enhancing security.

This is awesome!

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“Toda mi vida” by Aníbal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1941.

Anibal Troilo, Argentine Tango musician, leader, and composer.Aníbal Troilo

Bandoneon player, leader and composer.
(11 July 1914 – 18 May 1975)

He was one of those few artists who made us wonder what mystery, what magic produced such a rapport with people.

As a bandoneon player, he was neither a stylist like Pedro Maffia, nor a virtuoso like Carlos Marcucci, nor a multiple creator like Pedro Laurenz, nor a phrasing player like Ciriaco Ortiz.

But he had something of them all and he was, precisely, a master of personality and feeling in his expression. As an orchestra leader, he dug a unique tango style, balanced, without histrionisms, and of undeniable taste.

He knew how to choose the best players according to his musical ideas, he selected good singers, who besides him achieved their best, to such an extent that when they left the orchestra, only partially and for a short time could they reach a similar level.

He also knew how to choose a repertory without having to accept the conditions suggested by the recording companies.

Finally, he was an inspired composer, creator of pieces made to last forever, as also his renditions of somebody else’s works which became masterpieces of all times. Continue reading at www.todotango.com….

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Juan D’Arienzo recorded “Desde el Alma” and “Hotel Victoria” on July 2, 1935.

Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica recorded “Desde el Alma” and “Hotel Victoria” on July 2, 1935, jump starting the Golden Era of Tango:

Juan D'Arienzo portrateJuan D’Arienzo: “El Rey del compás”

Violinist, leader and composer
14 December 1900 – 14 January 1976.

In 1935, Juan D’Arienzo successfully appeared in the disputable territory of popularity.

He was just 35 years old, one less than Julio De Caro —stylistically placed on the other end of the musical horizon of tango— he had been a star since 1924 and D’Arienzo started to become one when Pablo Osvaldo Valle took him to the brand new El Mundo radio station.

What in no way meant, at all, that D’Arienzo were a late tango player.

Like almost all the musicians in those days, he started in tango as a boy. Continue reading at www.todotango.com…

“Vida querida” by Osvaldo Fresedo y su Orquesta Típica, vocals by Ricardo Ruiz.

Juan Carlos Thorry

Singer, actor, composer and lyricist
(June 28, 1908 – February 12, 2000)

“My relationship with Tango is old, intimate, and sentimental. I was a young kid, and then my old man, who used to play guitar, taught me some accompaniments (dominant and tonic chords) with which I began my Argentine-Tango-Classes-San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Buenos-Airesearly «two-four» songs. Which melody would I have learned first? I remember, through the distant time, the counter line of “La cumparsita (Si supieras),” the one that says: «Si supieras, que aún dentro de mi alma…» And then, years later, «Buenos Aires, la reina del Plata…» or «Rechiflao en mi tristeza…» when I became acquainted with Carlos Gardel. My first long trousers, the end of my high school studies, and the time I entered the university are closely linked to my early experiences at dance halls. We danced to venues called then cabarets, which later became boites, nightclubs, and boliches. There we held a contest of twists and turned dancing with the best players of the period: Aníbal Troilo, Juan D’Arienzo, Osvaldo Fresedo, Osvaldo Pugliese, Edgardo Donato, Alfredo De Angelis, etc. They caressed our adolescent dreams with the most famous melodies.” Continue reading at www.todotango.com.

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