What makes a Wonderful Playlist

Last night at the Milonga de Mis Amores we were treated to the music of my Favourite Tango DJ. This person has been my mentor since I began djing out of necessity (you can't run a milonga without a DJ!) and it was a very steep learning curve at the beginning and one that I keep climbing. He played tandas with many of what he calls the 'top pops'  - but that is what people want to dance to. And he is extremely generous with his playlist, putting a copy on each table. It is not set in stone though, if changes are needed because of time or birthday dances - that happens easily.
My Favourite DJ has music I don't have - and he probably has the most extensive collection of Canaro in Australia, having spent a number of years seeking out all the music of Francisco Canaro from a particular period, then making sure he has it.
He is also quite playful (!) with the music - last night he included two popular pieces twice - the first was 'Silueta Portena' - one of the best milongas. He played a Canaro version early in the evening and at the very end of the evening a D'Arienzo version. The second was 'Quejas de Bandoneon' - he played both the Troilo version half way through the night,  and a Biagi version - at the end of the evening. This works really well for those who are watching the playlist - but most people don't notice.
What they do notice is how danceable the music is. How every tanda makes them want to get up and dance... and how the seats are always empty! That is what makes a wonderful playlist. Something I aspire to every time but don't always achieve.

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Sabrina said…
Geoff, you rock! Your music is exquisite and you constantly have a few surprise tracks up your sleeve. I have been privy to your djing over many many years and you were willing to share lists and even your music. Thank you. Sabrina xx

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