When I was considerably younger and a little more agile than I am now, and when I was living in the delectable State of Illusion - also known as Hollywood - somebody (names need not be mentioned) taught me to tango.
Yes, tango. The dance. Alle Argentina.
I was never a dancer, but a few glasses of sangria and a balmy summer night can inspire me to try just about anything. Old records on an antique Victrola. Candlelight. A smooth partner.
I learned the steps, the moves.
Tonight - a thousand years later - I'm remembering how the tango ignited my soul. And I'm lamenting that I was born in the wrong era. I need to be transported to the 1920's, languishing in a campy cafe somewhere in Paris or Berlin - smoking a cigarillo, drinking cabernet sauvignon. Immersed in sensuality, exotica, and promises of passion....
Which is what inspired me to make my latest video today. A tango.
Por una Cabeza has always been my ultra favorite tango - for as long as I can remember. I love it. It is the essence of my soul.
It was written by Carlos Gardel (1890-1935) a French-Argentine singer and composer, who died much too soon in a plane crash.
Por una Cabeza is a Spanish racing horse phrase, which means "By a head" - a horse winning a race by the length of a head. In the song, he compares his addiction to horse racing with his attraction to women.
I chose the instrumental version for my video. The original version, sung by Gardel, can be found on YouTube. I'm too lazy to provide the link.
I threw this video together in less than an hour, published it on YouTube, then saw that I made a few glaring errors - so I had to delete it and do it again.
I think it's okay now.
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