Sunday, June 19, 2011

Alberto Says It Best

Alberto when he was a young man, with his father

From the blog RADIO DEL TANGO:

In the beginning God used water and dirt to create life. Since then,
fathers and sons have continued the eternal ritual of growing up and

It is true that the seed needs the fertile ground to sprout, but the
tree that results from that union, only grows and becomes strong
because it knows that it is its destiny to give shade to the land
where it germinated.

The paternal figure is alarmingly absent from the ethos of the tango,
perhaps because of the circumstances of the period were it began its
genesis without a father.

Not so, in other musical expressions from diverse regions around the country.

Astor Piazzolla, raised in New York, brought the figure of the father
to the tango in a very poignant way when he wrote his masterpiece
Adios Nonino, in memory of his father who passed away in Argentina
while Astor was working in North America.

I pay tribute to my own deceased father and to my boy who's now a man
and a dad, and my girl who's now a woman.
To all the dads in the reach of our embrace, happy day and I hope you
at least enjoy the music...

Go to this link:

Happy Father's Day Alberto!

PS The Vamp here...That marvelous voice of the DJ is Alberto


Irene said...

Wonderful photo, and great tribute.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

How beautifully touching!

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Nita Stacy said...

Loved it! Love that photo too. Hope he has a very Happy Father's Day!

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

What a lovely tribute Val,

My father hailed from Bs. As. and moved to the US at 23. The pathos of the tango and Piazzolla in particular, were pivotal to my childhood. Tango is such a fascinating, gut-wrenching, uniquely Argentine art form.
It strikes me that in many ways New Orleans and Buenos Aires are parallel port cities with the same sort of seething underbellies. Why, that image of Alberto at bottom even reminds me of La Boca.
May the two of you dance many more.
Besos, Alcira