Showing posts from December 19, 2010

That same old [tango] music

I don't think we have any milongas in Sydney where the tango DJ plays the same playlist time after time.. if we do I have never heard about them. And certainly when I do the playlist for the Milonga de Mis Amores it is almost completely new every time - I even create new tandas, though I do have a handful of favourites, usually ones that people have commented on and these will re-appear from time to time.  So I was quite horrified to read on my tango friend Bora's blog that "Canning had unusually less traffic that night and it seemed very quiet. Like at every other milonga, the playlist hadn’t changed from the last times I had been there".!! and later on she says " There are many ways to kill the mood at a milonga. Canning highlighted three that night: 1.Poorly arranged music, 2. Poor performances that leave people cold, and 3. Random chacarera to pick up the pace." I didn't go to Canning when I was in Buenos Aires in April, partly because last time I w

Christmas Milongas and Christmas prices

Tis the season to be jolly! And most of the time I don't find it difficult, but sometimes I feel the grumpy old lady coming out in me as I wonder why some of the milonga organisers think it is okay to thank dancers for their custom throughout the year by putting up their prices. Of course if they are offering their clients the bonus of a live tango band,  special performances by visiting dancers who have to be paid, or supper or a meal, or if their venue has put the price up on hiring the space, then of course they need to... but just because it is Christmas? I haven't been to all the Christmas milongas I would like to because of this - the tango budget only goes so far. A member of our family is visiting from the US and she tells us that in the US they just go from one festival to another - no sooner is Thanksgiving over, than it's Christmas, then Valentine's Day, then St Patricks Day, then Easter... and I've probably missed one or two I am wondering if they do m