Saturday, December 3, 2016

Live Music Update

We are gradually getting a good glimpse of the dancescape on Oahu and we can see a lot of good people enjoying the moving to their favorite musical arrangement and most of it to Live music. This island is just loaded down with dancers of all kinds. Take a good look, you all know it and lucky for us, that few will inform us that we are dancing "incorrectly."

"Never let it be said, that to dream is a waste of time. Dreams are our realities
in waiting, and in dreams we plant the seeds of the future."

Fortunately we are stuck with what we enjoy and do best. The social dance based on the American style of dance with all the variations pertaining to the island of Oahu. Lucky too that we have some of the best teachers of American dance in the Pacific right here on Oahu. I look forward to the acceptance of the alternative basic in the Rumba. There appears to be enough changes in our social dancing that we will realize the fact that a  "Hawaiian Style of Social Dance" will eventually emerge.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

For our dance blogs our needs are still very basic.  The most important at this time are Information Contributors that are willing to share there knowledge of the dancing scene with their fellow dancers. And we will make connections to Dance Groups, Community Centers, District Parks, Night Clubs and anything else that has to do with our kind of dancing. Readers? With the right info, we will phase over into the new methods and the hits will go into the stratosphere.

"In our world, please feel free to dance anyway you want to dance."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Live Music Fans

On any given Saturday night, only one half of the dancers attending the night club function are real "Live Music Fans." The rest are there only because it is their night out and what the hell, this is as good as any. Perhaps we are wrong and somebody out there has a different opinion. Use the comments in the blog or email to us and we will post it.

"In our Dance World, malicious gossip may be carried by haters,
spread by fools and accepted by idiots." 

The regulars acknowledge the band. At the beginning of the performance, they nod to them, look at them and acknowledge them during the performance by turning towards them and looking at them every now and again, and finally bow to them and encourage the audience to clap for them at the end of a performance. This is a social world and they may communicate non verbally with the band. They may agree to a communication code beforehand, to communicate if they would like the music to speed up or slow down.

"At Last" by Glenn Miller, Ray Eberly on vocals.

They listen to the music and try to enjoy it. As they dance, they try to take in as much of the music as they can. This does not mean hitting every accent (dancing like this would seem too mechanical) but pay attention to the music. They do not forget to smile and relax, - an intense look of concentration on a dancer’s face does not look good! - So enjoy yourself, everyone around you is having fun too.

"As dancers, we dance for ourselves and if someone understands, that is good. If not then no matter, we shall continue to do what we love to do." 

Friday, November 25, 2016

So Many

There are so many fans of live music on Oahu, that I have been very surprised that we don't hear much from them.This is supposed to be Social Media. But of course, I realize that not many on this Island know what that means. That is OK, none of us know everything but we can sure learn.

"The most destructive force in our dance world is gossip and those
who spread it. Most dancers try not to get involved in it"

A Blog site is not a Web site. They are two separate kinds of communication. Our dance blogs are much more current and the readership increases with the increased amount of input into the blog from others beside the blog originator. We do not know much about the Live Music dance scene. But there are an awful lot of people out there who do. Email it to us and we will post and share with our reader/dancers. A photo or two, wow, think of the appreciation from so many people.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

An advantage of dancing to live music is that there much less incentive to "show off." No hu hu, a natural function of many dancers. But to live music the dancers tend to react more to the music with basic movements and less worry about whether they are dancing "correctly." And moving to one's favorite song is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Drunk or Sober. This is Social Dancing.

From the Rubiayat by Omar Khayyam, one thousand years ago.
"Ah, my Beloved, fill the Cup that clears, To-day of past Regrets and

future Fears - To-morrow? - Why, To-morrow I may be Myself
with Yesterday's Seven Thousand Years." 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Listener - Dancer

Live music fans can also be divided into three different groups.

The Listeners at about 30%, in which at a young age they learned to listen only. They may move around at a very young age but soon lose that nonsense. By the time of their teens they become very heavily involved in listening to music on their portable "whatever",  and are always looking forward to the Latest hits. Then they phase over into the going to concerts, which have done very well in the past half century.

"Most dancers seem to know, that those people are not happy
with their lives if they are busy discussing ours."

Then we have the people that are both listeners and dancers at about 50%, They were just listeners but at some point in their lives realized that they enjoyed moving to music. And many did not go into dancing until their forties. They remain the most solid group for the music and dance business and they seem to enjoy dancing any dance and any way that makes them happy. They are Social Dancers.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Then we have the dancers that are only interested in the dance movement at about 20%. Many are extremely well versed in the music and dance, but the music is minor to them, the importance is the movement and the looks of the movement. These three groups can phase easily into one or another and we can accept them all and not look down on anyone.

From a long time wine drinker:
"Taste to me is a wavelength. It is like listening to Gustave Mahler or
Burt Baccarach, it is all good but there is a spectrum of intensity.

Thursday, November 17, 2016


We are getting closer to this special group that can say "We are for Live Music." It is different from ordinary social dancing to DJ music but we should not be looking down on anybody. At a Live Music Affair we sometimes may have the time and the opportunity before the music starts to introduce ourselves to the band. This will also be the opportunity for them to ask if we have any requests for a particular song. This is Social Dancing, da reel teeng.

"Gossip is like a bubble, it floats around for awhile and then it pops,
it is a lie and the truth is known."

Request a song if you wish. If you request at least one song, it will show the musicians that you are knowledgeable and you appreciate their music. However, do not go over the top by requesting too much as some musicians can be annoyed by this. Stands to reason and most of us understand this. They are there to please everyone, not just you and they are doing terrific on Oahu.

 "Music, Music, Music" by Theresa Brewer

Most of us have become familiar with the music. We know what we like and are familiar with the most popular songs. Of course, live music does not necessarily sound exactly like the versions recorded on CDs and some improvisational skills are always needed. But throughout the years we have learned what we like and we do like some more than others. It is all personal and it is not all the same.

"Dancers know that the best wines in the world are
the ones we drink with friends."

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Who Dances To Live Music?

Dancing to live music is a great experience for any social dancer or night club performer. Most dancers are in agreement that it is different from dancing to recorded music. And Social Dancers have been fortunate enough to have experienced this on Oahu. Recorded music is not bad, we have been dancing to technological stuff since the Victrola. With Live Music, dancers have a choice.

"Most dancers are well aware that dancing is a poem in which each
delicious movement to our favorite music is a word."

With live music it is much easier to feel the emotions in the song and the music, because the energy that the singer and the musicians transmit, is much greater than with recorded music. Mistakes? So which of us is perfect? We accept it because it is human and we continue to enjoy. The secret for a dancer is just to relax, tune in and go with the flow of the music. No fancy patterns. just the 60 or so regular basic ones that we dance in sheer joy year after year to our favorite music. And some of us regulars get to know the performers on a personal basis and it makes happy dancing for all.

Yes, we know, the days of the Big Bands are over. We find that seven
or less is best for Oahu. We may be wrong and you may be right.

We don't get much information to share with our reader/dancers because of my physical disabilities and I have lived in Nanakuli for eight years. Now I live in Pearl City and though I must use a walker, I have access to rhe Handi Van. I am ninety one years old but I am starting to roll again, just to get the information to share. In Blogging that is the name of our game. You got something? Email it to me, it will be appreciated by our reader/dancers, (the bodadem.)

"Dancers know that into each life, a little wine must fall."

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Let's Hear It From The Bands.

Oahu is the epicenter of nightlife in Hawaii. On every night of the week you can find good local food, live music and dancing in a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges from Waikiki, up the old Moanalua Corridor to the Central Valley and up to the North Shore. The Present Rail Party has stalled everything in Kapolei and up the Waianae Coast. They are making millions and millions of dollars in profits from the Gravy Train.

"He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart."

A few businesses have already gone bankrupt in the Corridor, but they don't care, they don't have to care. It's the money, Sonny. They have been stopping all the business parks on the Waianae Coast and Kapolei too. And "I could been home in 20 minutes." You gotta take the Rail buddy. But there is Live music in West Oahu in spite of the Rail Disaster. Wahiawa and Mililani are leading the way. And there is some action brewing on the North Shore.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Jimmy Durante

The young don't seem to mind much, but the more experienced dancers know what they want and that is the "Oldies but Goodies." The classics that will never be forgotten by each succeeding generation. I just heard "As Time Goes By" on the Internet and it was just beautiful But I am ninety one years old. That was in my time many many years ago.

Just found out that a $100 bottle of wine is not ten times better than
a $10 bottle of wine. Not even five times better. How about that?