Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A dying tango community...

There are a lot of reasons why I think our tango community in Aspen is dying a slow death and I won't get into them all now. But one reason was exemplified at our (new) Tuesday night practica last night. Although I didn't go, this is the intel report I received over a glass of Pinot Noir, filet mignon and lamb chops, all prepared by a chef who had two major root canals only hours before:: No tango music was played at this "Argentine Tango Practica"...not even "alt" or "nuevo" tango music...simply "other" "totally non-tango" music was played...

I assume no tango was danced either... or tango was at best attempted... I have to agree with the purists... it's not tango if it's not tango music... plain and simple... it's not fucking tango so why call it that... a bunch of fucking wannabee tango blasphemers... they give tango a bad name... and repel interested people from the purest form of the art... fucking fuckers...

Sorry... I am pissed... and I am a purist...

4 comments:

caroline said...

If tango is about the music, then naturally, it's not tango if the music is not tango music.
People tend to underestimate the importance of music at milongas and how the wrong music can kill a milonga. I would have been pissed too in your shoes. Did you talk to the DJ? In my town, if we don't like the music, we sit it out. The DJ tends to get the hint. And if s/he didn't, then we go up to them and say "WTF are you doing?" No exaggeration.

la nuit blanche said...

i have been reading an interesting blog post by a tango DJ, regarding exactly this issue.

http://www.tangospring.com/tangoBlog.htm

scroll down to 12.16.2006. did ms. "patti cakes" move to aspen?? :)

Anonymous said...

Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Agreed with Caroline, Alex, and Anonymous. There have been times in the past year that I've danced, watched dancing, watched youtube videos of tango, where I throw my hands up at the music and shout (internally, and on occasion externally) "What the FUCK are they doing? You're killing it!"