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BIEN CRIOLLA Y BIEN PORTENA lyrics

LYRICS: Homero Expósito
MUSIC: Armando Pontier


Para cantarle al amor
no se precisa experiencia:
se forma un nido entre dos
y lo demás... va sin letra.
Que así empecé esta milonga
bien criolla y bien porteña,
para cantarle al amor
que sólo siento por ella.

Ella es triste como un tango,
ella tiene gusto a menta
y es sencilla como el lazo
que me anuda a su tristeza.
Ella es como el mate amargo,
bien criolla y bien porteña,
y es acorde en la guitarra.
Qué milonga milonguera
la canción de la esperanza
que el amor hace canción!

Para cantarle al amor
no hay que mirar las estrellas,
hay que ser hombre de honor
y lo demás... no interesa,
que al terminar la milonga
bien criolla y bien porteña,
para cantarle al amor
yo canto de esta manera.
	


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From Carole McCurdy: After that tanda, I found that every man I danced with that evening had something beautiful to offer, no matter their postural eccentricites or limitations of technique. In fact, their eccentricities and limitations were something to be respected and accorded a value, something that added rich flavor to the dance. If my partner is stiff as a board, well, it means that we begin the tanda by doing the 'stiff as a board' tango, which can offer some very creative moments of shared comedy, playing close to the edge of being off-balance. Whee-ha-ha. Maybe by the end of the tanda our dance will have expanded into something more soft and flexible and grounded, maybe not. The cortina has its own great value, after all.
I left the milonga that night feeling thrilled and humbled. How sorely I had underestimated these 'bad dancers,' how foolishly I had cheated myself out of the deeper pleasures of connecting in the dance. It wan't somebody else's fat ego getting in the way of dancing, it was my own.
Astrid responds: It works both ways. The great advantage (and burden) that women have in dancing the tango is that it enables them to experience a hundred different worlds, by dancing with different men and, if they are sensitive and intuitive enough, for a while becoming that man's creation to certain extent, for better or for worse...
It also works the other way round. One of the best dancers has told me that he dances in a different way with every woman, because she inspires him to do certain moves.
And the total is then always more than just the sum of its parts. Wish that in real life we also had some music to guide us to follow each other's steps...

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