Thank You—June 2015

You’ve spared me many pains
  Driving sorrows from my domain
Gracing my days with joy and dancing

Thank you for the Bachata and the Tango
  and for the Rueda de casino
For this beautiful thing called dance
  I am indeed grateful

Your coolness is appreciated
  And I worship you with the dance


Volcano in rapture
She wells deep from within
Lava passion

I suppose that describes one or two people you(I) know.
Now thinking of Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of Christ.’ Only ever saw the movie preview.
Yeeah, the music came to mind: ‘Pasión,’ by Rodrigo Leão. Fantastic flow. Goes very well with tango (the dance). Check YouTube.
Talking of tango, … words are never sufficient.
Speaking of passion, words aren’t necessary.
I see me.
Another song comes to mind now: ‘I See Him,’ by Frank Edwards. YouTube it 🙂 Was somewhere where the song was put on repeat for quite a while. Obviously, something stayed with me.

In the spirit of the season 2

In the spirit of the season: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, the countdown and more. Excerpts and rephrases, from the great book.

Our dances are of celebration; joy dwells in our hearts.
The young woman will rejoice with dancing, young men and old men will join in.
After Boaz ate, drank, and his heart was glad, he goes to lie down at the end of the heap.
Get up! Eat! Be happy!

A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes for mirth.
And we sat down, and the two of us ate and drank together (A date or just chilling or both).
They drank, and made merry with him.
We laughed, we sang, we are one happy people.

Resume your singing, go out dancing, joyfully with the sound of tambours.
God will fill your mouth with laughing, you’ll raise the roof with shouts of joy.
From us, thanksgivings and the sound of merriment, celebration.

A translation of the great book by John Nelson Darby
The Message by Eugene H. Peterson (
Holman Christian Standard Bible (

Thinking about Argentine Tango

It’s a majestic walk with a contented look; the stuff of nobles and royalty. Like many partner dances, it’s a music and it’s a dance. A family of music (tango, milonga, vals) driving a family of dances with movements of complementary motion between the dancers. It necessarily takes two to tango; the knowledge of its bliss would be unknown otherwise.

There are variants of the tango, and none can compare with the originals. Everything else feels like an aberration. Forgive me if you’re into Finnish or ballroom tango. Cases of innovation going on a ‘wrong’ course?

Although the brothels of the barrios of Buenos Aires and Montevideo contributed to its evolution, the popular idea of tango as the vertical expression of horizontal desire does little justice to its beauty and character. This idea, with the thought that clients negotiated terms with potential hosts in an embrace, doing dance, has been used as a sales tool, colouring the view some have of the dance.

Regardless of the perception anyone might have of Argentine tango, the experience of the dance speedily corrects funny notions. Then it starts to draw one into its kind of meditation—of a music with its movements—that is like play and like a sacred play, fun, refreshing and relaxing.

Someones audible stream of consciousness went like this: “they look so serious, few people seem to smile… its a beautiful dance… it’s nice….” Sometimes, observers have seen dancers with like solemn faces on the dance floor and wondered how they also got the palpable feeling that the tango, (or the milonga, or the vals) was beautiful and nice and good for the soul. There is something about the tango—truly. And there’s no substitute for being present at a milonga, the dance social.

The music that moves the dance is in essence classical music of a special character. A dynamic blend with some African rhythm played using ‘Western’ instruments. (The signature instrument is the bandoneon.) In some pieces, you feel the flow of Italian operas. There are the playful sounds, the cheeky ones … and all very cool. It makes for great chill music.

Life is a ball; to live, you have to dance.

With tango, I’m currently a reserved liberal purist (RLP); I’ve danced it to rap, classical, and zoukish music etc. Certainly not every tanguero’s cup of tea, particularly the P3 (Purist Purist Purist). The point is, that, if it’s you, or you’d like to see if it fits, you could dance to many non-traditional tango music.

Vals is the tango waltz. You get the rhythm: 1, 2, 3; 1, 2, 3; 1, 2, 3.

Since the milonga is a music and a dance of the tango group, and the tango dance social, we can milonga at a milonga to a milonga.