El Día del Amor y la Amistad (Valentine’s Day)

Thy silent and secluded hours,
Through many a lonely day,
While bending o’er thy broider’d flowers
With spirit far away

Felicia Dorothea Hemans, Man and Woman (1837)

floristLast month I had lunch with an acquaintance, Z, who filled me in on her three-year romance with a divorced man from “the Continent” who also has a live-in female companion. Including the night on the dance floor in Buenos Aires where they tangoed, they have spent time with each other on three separate occasions. She says he calls her every day, or every other day. He invites her to his home in Europe – at her expense – when his girlfriend is in Argentina. Z thinks they are destined to be together as she’s a Scorpio and he’s a Cancer; furthermore. two astrologers have told her that Venus is such that their love lives will be magnetic and survive the test of time. The Italian hasn’t told anyone about my acquaintance … she remains a secret … unknown to his friends and family. Somehow, he “can’t” leave his current companion for Z, he’s “unable” to sell his retail store, and he “can’t” get out from the joint housing arrangement he has with his companion.

She’s wondering how to move on, where to go to find her next man as she can’t find a man in San Miguel where, according to her, the ratio of eligible men to women is 1:9. She claims not to be able to afford living in the U.S.A. and hopes to return to Buenos Aires for another round of the tango.

2013 San Miguel Writer’s Conference

The five-day event began yesterday. Tonight is the keynote address by Luis Urrea, which I’m looking forward to. Two of his books are on the “boxed books” list of the Tucson Unified School District.

The Day of Love and Friendship

Just as the French words for mother-in-law and father-in-law (belle-mère and beau-père) seem more elegant to me than do the English words, so Mexico’s name for this holiday seems more inclusive than does the English practice of simply naming the day for a saint.

Gato Barbieri, “Last Tango In Paris”

There was so much amazing music in this film’s score, which was composed and performed by Gato Barbieri, the Argentinian jazz saxophonist. And so much of it was romantic and hot. Unlike many film scores where a single theme might be memorable, there were any number of tracks that have stood up to jazz interpretations over the decades.  More than forty years later Barbieri’s music holds interest for contemporary musicians. The theme was recently popularized (again) by the film Eat, Pray, Love.

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