1879, July 9 – EUSEBIO ASPIAZU IS BLINDED !

It had finally arrived, Independence Day and like most 14 year olds, Eusebio Aspiazu was excited…there were the festivities, the girls,the music and of course the fire works display…he lived with his mother, his father had passed away some years earlier…that evening as he was about to leave the house, she seemed more concerned than usual, “be careful tonight son”, “I’ll be ok mom” he answered as he rushed out…the fireworks had started and Eusebio was  thrilled…at a certain point, his curiosity got the best of him and he decided to get near the launching site where the technicians were lighting the rockets…he was very close now but all of a sudden something went wrong, one of the canisters hissed, flared and finally exploded engulfing Eusebio in a powder flash….Eusebio screamed in pain…at the hospital the doctors delivered the tragic news to his distraught mother; the optic nerve had been damaged beyond repair and he would be blind for the rest of his life

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His mother was his first guitar teacher and later he studied violin and piano and in his arduous recovery, he discovered that he had a special musical ability and it became his life…still a teenager he began playing in a variety of musical groups in the dance halls and cabarets of his day…he was part of the birth of the first tangos in history; tangos like “El Queco” which was composed by Eloisa De Silva, the first woman in histoy to compose a tango…in time “El Cieguito” (the blind boy)  began to develop a name for himself…the dawning of the new century was the dawning of tango; for “El Cieguito” the quality of the gigs were beginning to improve and he found himself playing alongside tango’s trailblazers like Luis Teisseire, Ernesto Ponzio, Juan Carlos Bazan, Enrique Saborido…he may have been the inspiration of Sebastian Piana for his celebrated tango “Viejo Cieguito”…eventually Eusebio  met a girl and married and had children…after a few years another tragedy befell him…a cholera epidemic which since 1867 had periodocally ravaged Argentina, took the life of his wife and in spite of his handicap, he took over the care of the family and continued working…little is know of his life other than that he was present at the birth of tango and that he was a descendant of slaves…non of his compositions or photos of him have survived

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