No I am not going all green here, I am talking about time as an organic thing, flexible and ever-changing. I have on my wrist a Seiko automatic watch, it is filled with little cogs and springs, it is alive, it has soul. I remember a very proud man showing me his Jungens radio watch accurate to a thousandth of a second and pointing out that my watch was two minutes out. Two minutes! I could waste double that standing at the bar waiting for a drink. Another friend cannot understand why, I, a product of the electronic age still cling to such old technology when quartz is so much more accurate.
We live in an age when time is divided up into thousandths of a second, in formula one a second is considered a huge margin, but consider this, a man as great as Stephen Hawking has said that time is not a constant and we all know that time speeds up as you get older.
Have you ever been in a traffic accident? The miles you travelled before the accident passed in a flash yet the few seconds from the first anticipation to the impact seemed to last hours. So this constant measure of time really is quite pointless.
Every tango lasts about three minutes, the only division of time that really matters. Three minutes of pleasure, three minutes of warm embrace, three minutes to measure the soul and art of the great musicians and put your own interpretation on it.
That time is divided up into fast time and slow time as the artist has decreed. We (hopefully) accept these divisions and interpret the dance accordingly. We are not doing some routine or simply thinking of the next move. We are not there to practice what we learned at the last workshop or to show the assembled masses how many moves we can remember.
No, we are there to please our partner and we do this by listening to the music, doing what the music tells us and moving in another time frame. When everyone is doing this we get the sort of scene you can see every night in Buenos Aires, a room so crowded that you wonder if anyone can move. Yet move they do, as one with the music. Two hundred or more people in perfect harmony, with their partners, with each other, and with the music.