4 Ways to hear more in music

My favorite music blog is Tango Musicology.  My second favorite music blog is Deceptive Cadence on NPR Music.

You love the music you love, but you’ll love it even more if you listen closely.”

That’s what we need in the milongas — more listening.

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One Response to “4 Ways to hear more in music”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Sadly there are very few people in the tango scene here in NYC, and everywhere I’ve tried to dance in America, who actually listen to the music at all, including the DJs… and, subsequently, the quality of their dancing mirrors that fact. However, absurdly, many demonstrate a great deal of completely empty pretense about their musical preferences and their “musicality.” It’s a cancer that is destroying social tango worldwide. One tango guru here loves to pontificate on his great (and naturally teachable by… him) skill at dancing tango to silence- and how that is the ultimate skill of a true maestro like… him. Rarely does any DJ leave that list of around 200 or so very overplayed tangos that so many find so “danceable” to the exclusion of so many thousands of others that are never played at all. A scan of the dancefloor shows most dancing to every tango the same, from one to the next- no matter the orchestra, the style, the era…. I watch women closely before ever asking them to dance. I’m far less focused on their wardrobe or cleavage than I am looking to see if they listen to the music as they dance prior to ever considering engaging them on the dancefloor- and thus, sadly again, I am not out there so often at all. When I occasionally find others who actually love and listen to the music, and who know how to dance reasonably well (and I mean more in terms of how to behave appropriately and actually commiserate with a partner vis a vis any technical acumen with their footplay) they tell me that they simply don’t bother very often anymore. Consensus among those of us who listen to music and dance to it with each other is becoming that the milonga is more and more a waste of time and an exercise in masochism (physical and otherwise). I (we) think that pleasurable tango is a sort of blessed trinity: a leader, a follower, and the music is the most important “holy spirit” – all three are deliciously intertwined…

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