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Carlos Gardel Commemorative Stamp -- in USA

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Carlos Gardel Commemorative Stamp -- in USA

According to a BA newspaper, the US Postal Service in January will issue a commemorative stamp featuring Carlos Gardel. It will be part of a series on Latin American music. Gardel, of course, personifies tango all over the world.

In honor of the occasion, an almost randomly chosen Gardel performance from YouTube -- "Volver." Not entirely random, as the visuals capture Gardel in all his poses, and "Volver" happens to be my favorite tango, mainly for the purity of the music (written by Gardel himself, as so many of his songs were), and in part because it contains one of those many lines from tango lyrics that capture a deep, eternal truth: "veinte años no es nada," meaning " twenty years is nothing." I've also included the lyrics, with English translation, so people can appreciate the poetry of the Spanish, and understand the context of the "veinte años" line. Seeing it in context helps one understand why this line has entered into the Argentinian conversational lexicon -- one hears it all the time, and when someone drops it at an appropriate moment, everyone pauses and smiles in rueful acknowledgment.

Hope you enjoy it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5JQ1m3mxKw

http://www.planet-tango.com/lyrics/volver.htm

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1. Re: Carlos Gardel Commemorative Stamp -- in USA

Many thanks , Punta. This will be a New Year's eve treat for us - and for our friends in France who are great Gardel enthusiasts.

Happy New Year to you and to DW.

~Marnie

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2. Re: Carlos Gardel Commemorative Stamp -- in USA

Happy New Year, Marnie, and to your husband, too.

Your friends no doubt insist that Gardel was really born in France. I think the weight of the evidence is on their side.

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3. Re: Carlos Gardel Commemorative Stamp -- in USA

Oui. And they really loved the Carlos Gardel Tango Show last year - especially given the Fench appreciation of the man himself and his talents.

Stay cool down there in Punta - we are having absolutely NO problem staying cool (read freezing cold) in WDC.

Buenos Aires beckons !

~M

Edited: 31 December 2010, 08:55
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4. Re: Carlos Gardel Commemorative Stamp -- in USA

Carlos Gardel's voice had a very unique and charimatic timbre and furthermore his interpretive ability to deliver the precise emotion to a song has never been equaled. The genre known as the tango song truly benefited by having him as its foremost interpreter.

He also did very well with songs composed in many different styles making him a truly international icon. Despite the technical limitations of his historic recordings any listener willing to overlook the scratchiness of the old 78s will eventually fall under his spell!

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5. Re: Carlos Gardel Commemorative Stamp -- in USA

Carlos Gardel's voice had a very unique and charimatic timbre and furthermore his interpretive ability to deliver the precise emotion to a song has never been equaled. The genre known as the tango song truly benefited by having him as its foremost interpreter.

He also did very well with songs composed in many different styles making him a truly international icon. Despite the technical limitations of his historic recordings any listener willing to overlook the scratchiness of the old 78s will eventually fall under his spell!

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