I think that this kind of a CD would not come into being with my participation if I did not happen to have a home and a sort of childhood which still occupies my memory. The post-war period might have been for consciousness of a small child as good as any other but for those, who already had their "first youth" far behind, that time appeared to be dull and of low optimism and hope. And such an atmosphere might have been for adults a good base for frequent recollecting. Especially ladies in those circumstances wanted and needed to remember and to recollect that "enchanted between-wars period", the time of their youth. Absolutely different than the moment they unexpectedly had to encounter - years of fifties. And I, a several years old boy, wanted and was able to be their listener. Memories which were revealed, were accompanied again and again by hummed melodies - wistful romances, melodious waltzes and mawkish tangos, decidedly different than programme music flowing from the socialistic radio. They were the framing for spinning out the tales which always started with a phrase "before the war !". Every now and then somebody reached out for a record which - under an iron needle of a turn-table - sounded peculiarly. I think that it was then, when I heard the word "tango" for the first time. And that was the childish world of my fairy tales and time of the first contact with a "spinning black disc" - an old gramophone record.
My present collection consisting of nearly 3 thousand of inter-war period items, allows me to possess reflections of a personal nature, nevertheless, is also a source of satisfaction arising from a sort of knowledge which may be, I think, called both a history and a legend.
Tango, as a dance, appeared on a Polish ground soon before the outbreak of the WW the 1st. Its first performers were dancing couples of vaudeville artists from Warsaw theatres - Lucyna Messal with Józef Redo and 17 years old lass - who would be....... więcej