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.