New thread, since I don't want to hijack the Amenabar / 3-3-2 thread. To what extent do lyrics influence your musicality? Tangos are often tragedies in the classical sense: Things are good, but someone's fatal flaw, or some such complication, gets in the way, and then things are bad. Midway through many tangos, they quit feeling like "Two hearts beating as one", and feel like "One sad and lonely heart". Even milongas, which dancers sometimes consider to be "happy" music, are often not. The first stanza of 'Negra Maria' celebrates the birth of a beautiful black girl on carnival. The second mourns her death, also on carnival. Etc. I have been trying to move these emotional arcs into my dance, but find it difficult to do effectively. Anyone else?