Archive for April, 2008

Adios Muchachos

April 11, 2008
Marge and Ed Kenyon dancing tango

Marge & Ed Kenyon dancing a tango with the Ray Abrams Trio at the Seagull Hotel in Miami Beach

Today is the 60th anniversary of my birth. Tango has been a part of my life for at least fifty years. I was about ten years old when my parents were taking ballroom classes at the local park district in Chicago. Each week my sister Linda and I practiced the new steps with our dad. Tango was the favorite dance music in our home. Tango was so popular in the fifties that American orchestras were playing arrangements of Argentine tangos. New lyrics were composed for “Adios Muchachos” which I remember: “When we’re dancing and you’re dangerously near me, I get ideas, I get ideas.” Leroy Anderson composed “Blue Tango” which became an American tango favorite. “La Cumparsita,” “El Choclo,” and “Media Luz” were a few of many tangos in our family 33-1/3 rpm record collection.
In August 1960, we took a family vacation in Miami Beach. One night there was a tango contest at the Seagull Hotel where we stayed on Collins Avenue. My parents danced with four other couples and won the contest. My sister and I were so proud of them. This is the photo taken doing their solo with the Ray Abrams Trio. My life in Buenos Aires was being prepared for me long before I could have imagined it.

 

 

 

 

 

Almuerzos Milongueros

April 9, 2008

I met Miguel Angel Balbi at Club Gricel on October 15, 1999. Our first vals tanda was magical. That was the beginning of our three-year relationship during which I was invited on many Saturday afternoons for lunch at his apartment on Muniz with his milonguero friends. I didn’t know the language well enough then to understand what they were talking about, but I listened and filmed them. The topic of conversation was usually tango as you would expect with a group of milongueros. I was the only woman present at these milonguero luncheons, so I felt very privileged to be a part of them.

This photo was taken May 3, 2000, in the kitchen of Miguel Angel’s apartment. I always brought my camera or camcorder. Miguel took this photo of me with the guys: (left to right) Angel, Chiche, Mario, Hugo, Juan and Ernesto.

Married to the Milonga

April 7, 2008

I was having dinner one summer evening in 2001 at the corner of San Juan and Boedo at the Mino restaurant with Ernesto Delgado and Miguel Angel Balbi, two men who have been friends since they were young boys.  We were conversing about tango and the milongas.  Ernesto said, “Before I was married to my wife, I was married to the milonga.  I have been widowed since 1989, and I’m still married to the milonga.”  It took me years to understand what he meant.  I decided that “Married to the Milonga” would be the title of a book I would write about my conversations with the milongueros.  Tango Chamuyo is the realization of the book dedicated to the milongueros.