The Gypsy

As in one’s hand a lighted match blinds you before
it comes aflame and sends out brilliant flickering
tongues to every side — so, within the ring of the
spectators, her dance begins in hasty, heated rhythms
and spreads itself darting flames around.

And suddenly the dance is altogether flame!
Rainer Maria Rilke, Spanish Dancer


Third Street Swingers, 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, Santa Monica

You take the grey skies out of my way
You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day
Turned a bright spark into a flame
My beats per minute never been the same

‘Cause you’re my lady, I’m your fool
It makes me crazy when you act so cruel
Come on, baby, let’s not fight
We’ll go dancing, everything will be all right
George Michael (1963-2016): Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (watch the video)

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The Gypsy

Hey (hey) What’s the matter with your head? yeah…
Hey (hey) What’s the matter with your mind and all your sighing?
And-a ooh-ohh
Hey (hey) Nothin’s a matter with your head, baby, find it
Come on and find it
Hell, with it, baby, ’cause you’re fine and you’re mine
And you look so divine

Redbone, Come and Get Your Love (watch the video)


Argentine Tango Dancers, 3rd Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California. Fujifilm RA Sensia 100 color positive slide 35mm film. Cross processed.
Los Angeles, Santa Monica

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Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade: Would you like to learn to tango, Donna?
Donna: Right now?
Slade: I’m offering you my services, free of charge. What do you say?
Donna: Ah… I think I’d be a little afraid.
Slade: Of what?
Donna: Afraid of making a mistake.
Slade: No mistakes in the tango Donna, not like life. It’s simple. That’s what makes the tango so great. If you make a mistake, if you get all tangled up, just tango on. 

Scent of A Woman (1992).

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