Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Weekly2 - (Weakly?)

Last week we only heard the Rumors. Dot's in Wahiawa with a live band, Just Tacos in Mililani with a live band and Cholo's on the North Shore with a live band. I wish we could tell you more but the news has not been forthcoming. It goes to other venues but it will get better as we go along. Patience.

“Dancers can mull over the implications of gossip and decide not to waste
their time worrying about what everyone else thought, or to bother
attempting to change their perceptions."

Before the rise of the small night clubs and DJ-based dancefloors with recorded music, live bands were the only means of serving the dance floors on Oahu. Along with that, slow-dancing was the primary method of dancing at the time, Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba although some swing was being played and danced. Actually no space constraints for the band's instruments.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Live bands have quickly been displaced by DJ-based dance floors as the DJ stands took up less space than bandstands and they played recorded and more up to date music. Live band dances were and are still used on occasion at ballrooms. Along with that, many small spots have live punk rock bands, so the young people are able to hear the hardcore sound associated with their kind of music.

"Livin Without You" by Nohelani Cypriano

Some formal dances such as proms use live bands as a means of serving class to the dance floor. Also, some people choose live bands because they believe there are virtually no space constraints for the band's instruments. Dance parties with high-end formality have also preferred live bands also as a means of serving a different class (the oldies but goodies) to the dance floor. Any way in this century we can consider live music as here to stay.

We don't have any news about the coming week end, except for Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, Halloween Dance on Saturday. Perhaps someone will send something in - Two Centers, where are you?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


This last week was pretty slow as far as acquiring enough dance information to make a good blog. Now that I am getting out more I may get more information to share with our reader/dancers. We did received some news that things were jumping at Dot's in Wahiawa and at Just Tacos in Miliani. Email us the information (and photos?) and we may be able to make a nice blog out of it.

"Dancers are finding that there is less in West Oahu of the joy-stealers - gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude."

In the Central Valley we have some good street dances and folk dances that have been developing for decades. These are distinguished by when the terms were introduced for,"'street dance" as a compound noun, and has been believed to have existed since beginning of the early 20th century. Where as vernacular dance was becoming popular in the western world, it has never been taken seriously into consideration on Oahu.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

We have been developing social dancing that has evolved from dancing to live music. In the course of music and dance we have developed two different fans of live music, listeners and the dancers. Many are interchangeable. We have to include both categories in this blog. So if you are just interested in listening to one of your favorites it is quite alright.

"Social dancers do not try to be better than anyone else,
they only try to be better than themselves."

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

First Weekly

This blog is not considered terminally ill. But going on a weekly basis, it will be on the back burner for a while until we get some Two Centers helping us out. The agenda remains fairly simple. Recap the last weekend and look forward to good things for the following week end. Comments at the end of each and every blog remain easy to do. Suggestions can be emailed very easily. We will have some good starters for all of our fellow dancers interested in Live Music.

"No matter how people think of themselves accomplished, when they set out to
learn a new language, science, or the bicycle, they have entered a new
realm as truly as if they were a child newly born into the world."

This entire blog thing has been an experiment for both the social dancers and the dance information contributors on this Island. Is there a difference in a Web site and Blog site?
We run an information group of blog service for ADULTS. Normally, we could have in our blogs, private parties, wedding receptions, class and family reunions, and even military parties. This is our social dance world.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Just about anything that is moving to music is fine and most of our blogging is pretty current. We have found that most of our audience consists of experienced dancers that  have been very interested in music and dancing of 1960's - 1980's  The Oldies but Goodies music that is well done by the live bands on Oahu.. Seems like finding comfortable venues for touch dancing and oldies music are kinda tough to find.

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

That's why we are only going on weekly basis until our reader/dancers catch up. If we get a critical mass - a regular Two Center and at least one Guest Author, maybe we can get back to regular blogging along with the other blogs. With averages per day over 67 (2000 per month) they can go independent from me. I cannot continue to handle so many blogs. My starting travel route is on the #53 bus from where I live in Pearl City all the way to Ala Moana Center.  It is easy for me and I don't have to bother the Handi Van, who are just terrific people.

"Dancers know that we cannot stop rumors from spreading and we cannot really stop people from believing them. All we can do is sit back and smile at these low life people who have nothing better to do than to talk stink about us."

Saturday, October 8, 2016

This is it.

I finally got to the point I was looking for. Which one? And this blog has been unanimously selected, the hits have been going to the other blogs. But like I have said time and again, the reader/dancers will make most of the final decisions. I don't want to delete it yet so it will just go on a weekly basis and we can all be patient. Since I have my own personal blog Dancing in the Dark on Sunday, I will try to get this Midweek. How about every Wednesday?

"Your age does not define your maturity - your speech does not define your intellect - and rumors don't define who you are."

Meanwhile the big big concerts seem to getting less popular. But in Hawaii many singles,  small groups and live bands are very well accepted. And fortunately for the dancers many have good sized dance floors. And most of the bands are very good at reminiscing with the "oldies but goodies."  Which of course, are mostly appreciated by the over 30.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

We do have an over abundance of live music in downtown Honolulu and parking is due to get worse when the rail disaster is done. The outskirts are way overdue. The North Shore, the Waianae Coast, Kapolei, second city and something will happen in the vicinity of Kailua. Because of the Rail Tragedy, the highest prices for homes on this Island are now in Kailua.

"Good friends, good dancing, good wine = good times."


Monday, October 3, 2016

Live or Recorded

Franklin Cheung, Pupukea
There are a million ways to experience music, but for the purpose of this blog let's just break it down to two categories: live and recorded. I don't know about the rest, but if I get to hear live music more than twice a month, I am lucky. Sure, I can look back and remember some great concerts in my life but I like the intimate atmosphere of a night club regularly and I can dance.

"A rumor can go around the Palladium floor twice before the
truth has a chance to get up the stairs."

Sitting about as far as you can get at the Blaisdell, the sound can still be awesome, There gave been times when I've never heard anything close to that sound reproduced by even the very best high-end audio systems. The orchestras certainly didn't need amplification; they were definitely loud enough.

"Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman

Better yet, the sound never hurt my ears. But the orchestras have been far more viscerally dynamic than any rock band, and the sound of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion filling the acoustic space of the Center has been a thrill I won't soon forget.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen

That is, you don't so much hear the sound of each instrument, you hear all of them filling the Center. The sound of the entire orchestra floats, like a cloud, above the listeners. The sound has been beyond what I've ever experienced. But recorded music I can have with me for total recall anytime I want it.

"A Screwdriver walks into a Pearl City Bar. The Bartender says,
"Hey, we have a drink named after you." The Screwdriver
responds,  "You have a drink named Murray?"

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Viewers View

Has ballroom on Television lost its sheen? The Big Shots are still thinking it over. According to ABC, the "Dancing With The Stars" has been slowing down for a couple years. The other Ballroom exhibitions have also lost something. However the spectator scene in social dancing is still appreciated by all.  How much of this is apparent to the social dancers on Oahu?

"Unfortunately our dancing lives will be surrounded by a few gossiping
people who will judge us according to their standards."

All over the island of Oahu there are dances to be seen and enjoyed. The Hawaiian dances leading all the rest and not too many fancy moves. The ethnic dances are still much enjoyed all over the Islands, from Kauai to the Big Island and none of them have too many fancy tricks. And there are many other dances from outside this realm that the people have loved for decades. The natural inclination of the people in Hawaii is good feeling towards music and the dance to be enjoyed.

"My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison

The thing with the dance scene on Oahu is the the dancers are developing a keen understanding of social dancing and what dancing for fun means. They do not hear the term "junk dancer" much any more and we can have some respect for those not inclined towards our type of dances.

"Hale'iva Hula" by Amy Hanaialii

"Fortunately for us, the Internet has destroyed most of the barriers to publication. The cost of being a publisher has dropped to almost zero with two interesting immediate results: anybody can publish, and more importantly, we can publish whatever we damn well please." 

"Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets

Now I will have to start flowering up the blogs a little better, and work to get steady information contributors that could possible work themselves into Guest Authors. From the entire social dance enchilada we have good prospects. We just have to find out which ones "are" and which ones "are not." And we must respect the wishes of those that "are not." Meanwhile back at the ranch.....

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mariachis, Why?

Prior to the arrival of Cortes the music of Mexico, played with rattles, drums, reed and clay flutes, and conch-shell horns, was an integral part of religious celebrations. Quickly, however, as Christianity spread, in many areas these instruments gave way to instruments imported by the Spanish: violins, guitars and harps, brass horns, and woodwinds. They were readily accepted in all the Americas.

"Dancers don't repeat gossip - so read this very carefully ---"

The Indian and mestizo musicians not only learned to play the European instruments, but also to build their own, sometimes giving them shapes and tunings of their own invention. Music and dance were important elements of Spanish theatrical productions, blending with the establish Indian music. They became enormously popular throughout the Spanish speaking world during the colonial period.

"La Golondrina" - (The Swallow) a song written in 1862
by Mexican physician Narciso Serradell Sevilla

The typical Spanish theatrical orchestra of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries was comprised of violins (usually two), harp and guitars (or guitar variants). It was from this group that several of the most distinctive regional ensembles of Mexico developed, including the Mariachi, who added the horns.

"Cien Anos" por Pedro Infante

We have not been able to make contact with Live music on Oahu. They are doing well with their own public relations. And they have more fans in the listener faction than in dancing. So we must make offers to the next one that will be coming in and that is the Mariachis. I just saw my first Mariachi group represented by one violin, one guitar and one trumpet. You cannot get any smaller than that but we will help them all.

I was just informed of the new Trump dance step. "All you have
to do is take three steps forward, two steps backward,
then side-step, side-step and turn around."