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Ríe payaso

Sorrow and loss, the consolation of drink and companionship, the phantasmagoria of carnival, intertwine as the narrator remonstrates with a clown whose laughter conceals his pain. Renée and John made their own return to the past to recite this one, bringing Milonga Falucho back to Café Argentino in Brooklyn to alternate once monthly with Falucho/Chelsea in Manhattan. Live music was by Maurizio Najt (piano) and Javier Sanchez (bandoneón).

Ríe payaso (1929) Letra: Emilio Falero Música de Virgilio Carmona
Laugh, Clown! (1929) Lyrics by Emilio Falero, trans. J. Osburn Music by Virgilio Carmona
El payaso con sus muecas y su risa exagerada, nos invita, camaradas, a gozar del carnaval; no notáis en esa risa una pena disfrazada, que su cara almidonada, nos oculta una verdad.
The laughter of the clown and his exaggerated frown, invites us, comrades, if we’re down, to have fun at carnival; we don’t see in that laughter the disguised pain of a masker, that his starchy painted-on grimace conceals the truth beh…
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Así se baila el tango

Tangos about tangos are a distinct sub-genre of tango song, a reminder that tango is not all angst and homesickness. Marvil's Así se baila el tango is perhaps the most loved, arraying the working class "true tango" against the showiness of upper class newcomers. Marvil is, incidentally, the nom de plume of Elizardo Martínez Vilas, combining the first syllables of his surnames (reminiscent of how some lunfardo, the Argentine street slang, is formed). Renée and John enjoyed reciting these lively lyrics, which were danced to afterward in the classic Tanturi-Castillo version, courtesy of DJ La Turca. Live music for the evening was by Emilio Tuebal (piano), Federico Diaz (guitar), and Eduardo Parra (voice).


Así se baila el tango
(1942) Letra de Marvil Música de Elías Randal
That’s How to Dance the Tango (1942) Lyrics by Marvil, trans. J. Osburn Music by Elías Randal
¡Qué saben los pitucos, lamidos y shushetas!
¡Qué saben lo que es tango, qué saben de compás!
Aquí está la e…