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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Finally

Took four weeks to get my new phone and the internet. But the vacation was good for a lot of people. Also took a couple days to get Windows Update all in. Plenty of emails and I am catching up. Next week should be much better.

"Every second brings a fresh beginning, - every hour holds a
new promise, - every night our dreams can bring hope
and every day gives us a chance to make it."

Meanwhile, Live Music is looking good on Oahu. Many people appreciate the classics which are so well known and loved by most. And there are some 3000 well known hit classics dating back one hundred years. Many will remain for another hundred. We will also have a much bigger choice in the new ones which are being published at the rate of one million per day. Very, very few will end up as classics.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


Meanwhile as interest in Latin Music increases. so is the interest in Mariachi Music which, on the mainland, is now beginning to play music that we can dance to. Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Salsa. The dancers will decide. And since dancers do not have a reputation of being drunks, the night clubs will have to figure something else to reduce the importance of selling liquor.


The Pau Hana Dance is also showing much interest, with the favorite day being Wednesday to break up the work week. Open at 5 pm, it would go until about 8 or 9. Just like Happy Hour except much less drinking and a hellavah lot more dancing. Chopstick compatible snacks would be just fine. The people living outside Honolulu would have avoided much of the downtown traffic and the freeway home would be comfortable.

"There is no greater feeling in the world than moving to a great
piece of music and just letting the rest of the world go by"

Happy New Year Everyone!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

On Hold

Well, this will be the last blog posting until I set up in Pearl City. Perhaps in a couple, three days. Meanwhile everything is shaping up just fine. A few glitches but it is to be accepted and I just have to do the best I can.

 "Difficult times can help us to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever. "


"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

I sure got rid of a lot of stuff that I am now certain I will never need. I will be setting myself "light" so that I will not have so many commitments. And I hope to get information contributors and guest author take get fresh information to the reader/dancers. SOS is definitely not it and they can gradually take over.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


Meanwhile this blog continues to be leaning to Live Music and I know there are many out there that love Live Music. Those are the people that can contribute the most to help the Live Music group which gets larger every day. Much of it will be going to the outskirts of the Island to avoid downtown traffic.

Dancer's Law No 13C: If dancers view their problems close enough,
they will recognize themselves as part of the problem.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Coming Around

By Ray Hanamura, North Shore

For the first 16 years of operation there were monthly dances at Let's Dance L.A. on Main St. Once they moved into the Granada in Alhambra and they focused mainly on Salsa dances but everyone realized that that had left a void for Ballroom dancers in town.

“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.”


Truthfully there are not  many places for people to go social ballroom dancing in the Greater L.A. area. While dance studios traditionally offer social dances, the old way of dressing up going to a nightclub, socially interacting with friends, dancing to a live big band or really good deejay makes for a really special evening.


Why aren't there more social dance events? Many reasons. Most importantly, during the 60's and 70's ballroom dancing took a real hit from the rock and roll era. Ballroom dancing became uncool. After twenty years disco broke through and suddenly everyone was again realizing what fun touch dancing was. Followed very nicely by line dancing, dancing solo.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

After disco ran its course, Country Western got hot and a whole new segment of the population started touch dancing. Pretty soon whole new dance genres such as West Coast Swing, Salsa, Lindy Hoppers, Argentine Tango all started surfacing. Today there are too many diversifications with new fads coming in and out regularly.


In the mid 1990s Ballroom dancing started surfacing in colleges and major universities around the US. Around the world ballroom was just under the radar. In the late 1990s there was a huge explosion of ballroom dancing in the former Soviet Republics. Currently ballroom dancing is also huge in Asia. And it is sure waking up in Hawaii.

Dancer's Law No 24B: The optimistic dancer believes we live on the best of all islands. The pessimistic dancer fears that this is true. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Live Music

This blog will eventually lead into many reasons for live music and we may have many aficionados interested. Then we can really get this blog rolling with people that are willing to share their precious information with their fellow dancers.

 “Experience is the name every dancer gives to their mistakes.”

When you think about listening to music, do earbuds and mp3’s immediately come to mind? Some people put their earbuds on when they get up in the morning and take they them off late at night when they go to bed. Bad Stuff. Do you mostly listen to music on your gadgets while traveling from one place to another?


"Maika'i Ka Makani O Kohala" by Carol Kai

If you can’t remember the last time you saw a live performance, this may just be the blog for you! Music doesn’t come out of a machine, a cloud, or a search engine. Take a good look around you on Oahu. Many people make this music, and it takes a lot of energy, dedication, and commitment.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


If you rarely see live music, it is easy to forget how much work goes into that killer beat, sweet riff, or those oldies but goodies. Go to a show and get close enough to see the passion, energy, and yes, sweat, that goes into making music. You will definitely walk away with a deeper appreciation for what musicians do.

The beautiful Articulated Buses: One tenth the cost of the Rail Disaster and five times more efficient.

From the Hawaii Free Press: After Months of Posturing, Council Committee Easily Approves Massive Rail Tax Hike.The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee gave preliminary approval to a bill that would extend Oahu’s 0.5 percent surcharge on the general excise tax through 2027 to help pay for the $6.57 billion rail project.


Business Park proposed for Kapolei and voted down by the
Present Rail Party.  And I coulda been home in 20 minutes.

The vote was 4-1 with Budget Chairwoman Ann Kobayashi casting lone vote opposing the bill. Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga voted yes “with reservations.” The measure is now slated to be taken up at the Council’s Dec. 9 meeting, where all nine Council members will consider giving it the second of three needed approvals. If approved there, it would return to the Budget Committee for another go-around before returning to the Council again for a final vote….

Clue: All the Ernie Martin hype was just hype.

"Nothing is ever so bad that it cannot get worse." 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Evolution

The Extrava Danza of live music is evolving very nicely throughout the Islands. Music, not just for good listening but to enjoy moving to your favorites. The emergence of the "oldies but goodies" has had a very good influence on the entire enchilada. And we are fortunate to have so many good musicians out here in the middle of the Pacific.

"You will never be happy if you continue to search for
what happiness consists of.  You will never live if
you are  just looking for the meaning of life." 


As Commenters and Information Contributors to dance blogs, many of us have seen how powerful these reports, by others, have been in dancing events  on these Islands. And fortunately it is already beginning on Oahu very nicely 
for the benefit of our dancers.

"Every Time We Say Goodbye" by Jimmy Borges


"Lonely Summers" by Carol Kai

Today, dancers no longer have to wait until designated times to get their dance news and information. Not only that, they don’t even have to visit specific news sites to find out what’s going on. Dance news today is easily accessible wherever dancers are, and our blogs on Oahu are there for them.


How do you consume news? Do you utilize traditional media forms, or do you rely on new media outlets? There is a change coming and we must increasingly rely on the under 60. They can more readily accept the new trends and that's where our hits are coming from.

Music Producer: Another name for a Disk Jockey,
also called a Music Coordinator in some places.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Live Music

Live Music on my computer: I got it all now that I discovered the Song Videos on the Internet. Not everything or clear enough but good enough for me. I no longer save the music, now it is complete. The song of course is most important but I have the singer and the band to see at the same time. Put a few together and click "play all" and I have a my own home made show.

"All of us have had the experience of a sudden joy that came when
nothing in the world had forewarned us of its coming a joy
so thrilling that if it was born of misery we remembered
even the misery with tenderness."

The speakers on my computer are cheap tinny things and will give you cheap tinny sound. So I tried it first with regular earphones, and not bad. But now I have some very good speakers and there is not stereo in this building that can beat that sound. Moreover, it is digital, like an other digital item on your computer, and can transfer, copy or delete anything.


"Ceguera De Amor" por El Trio Los Panchos

I have given away my CD players, all my CDs. Then I gave away my DVD player and all my DVDs. Now I have 6 GBs of music on my computer. Have only one back up on a USB drive. And I am thinking of an additional back up in my laptop. Easy as pie.


"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

I will be moving to Pearl City on December 1st and it is a miracle. Sidewalks and I can walk around with my walker and get some exercise and see the sights at the Pearl City Shopping Center. I can have a beer now and then too. And best of all, now that my health is deteriorating the VA and Tripler Hospital are much closer, it will require only a half day instead of a full day as now from Nanakuli.

Along with her birthday present he thought he would do a little ribbing.
"Wow, I have never made love to anyone over 60."
 She replied, "Oh, I have and it not that great."

If there is any dancing nearby, I can blog'em. My distress is disappearing.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Surprising

The way this blog is doing with a new name is astounding even though we know that many of the hits come from the prior blog readers. However, it is in the solid double digits average hits per day. Wouldn't surprise me to see it go into the 20s by next month.
  
"What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God."



The new social media of dance blogging has completely transformed the way dancers and friends gather news and information not only on Oahu but also on the neighbor islands. While it has created many new opportunities, it has also brought about numerous challenges to traditional media and even contributed to, what some consider, dying business models.


Web sites that use to have such a commanding presence in our dance world, (even in just having one,) have seen a decline as social media. Facebook of course has led the way to the downfall of many, and has been losing out all over. Specially with all the unacceptable methods they were evolving there, according to Consumer Reports.

 "Tennessee Waltz" by Melveen Leed


Some traditional media enterprises have embraced our new media with great success. Others, however, have not had the same experience. One of the biggest blows, if you will, to traditional media has been that dancers have become reporters themselves. Just look at Twitter, Tumblr and Google+

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Contact

Comments would have been the easiest to give and to receive for our blogs but little was there after 20 years. So we must rely on the information contributors which have no requirements. Of course, this blog is already leaning towards Live Music. But information contributors can just use their common sense and contribute information from their point of view and whenever they please.

"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can
do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying."


They can use any pen name they like. Just try to make it the same one all the time. One or two words, good or bad, would get your feet wet and you might like it. That is the beginning of Social Media. You can contact anyone of the Guest Authors and that person will be glad to print it in whatever blog you would like. You can pick the blog with the most hits if you like. We are also accepting anyone from the neighbor islands that might want to try our Social Media.


There are plenty of people traveling through the neighbor islands, Yes I know, not as much as if we had the Super Ferry, but big bucks shot that one down. The Fat Cats couldn't get as much as they wanted. We just have to do the best we can.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Even Rhythm: A combination of steady, consistent beats that are identical in the meter and get the same time value - Merengue, - Waltz.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Contributing Editor


At small magazines the title may imply a staff member with regular writing responsibility and some editorial duties. When a "contributing editor" is listed on the title page of a book, the term generally designates a person who has served as some kind of consultant in the book's preparation but who is not responsible for the book's final content.

“It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.”

As with magazines, the title with us may be largely honorary and slightly different in name and use. However, our Information Contributors merely email information and perhaps a photo or two. And they do so only when they damn well please. There are no deadlines for our people, and they can decide when and what to contribute.

"Do I Love You?" by Loyal Garner


However the big difference is that as an information Contributor they can also make the choice of becoming a guest author. They can then open the blog, write what they wish, post the photos they wish and get out without asking permission from anyone. In our social blogs the title becomes somewhat self explanatory and hopefully we will get many more guest authors.


Most people think that is too much commitment. But it is in the same vein as comments or information contributor in which they can blog whenever they damn well please. Easy? No monthly or annual meetings and no dues or fees required. And the hits will go through the ceiling. Hey, you want egg in your beer?

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

Two friends are about to enter a club in Waikiki. One of them has a wooden eye. He said ''If someone says something about my eye, I'm gonna flip.'' They get there, and after one drink, he asks a girl if she would like to dance. She says, ''Would I?'' He flipped.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Da New One

I don't have much incoming email so I just have to ask and this the result. We can try it for a month and If it stays at double digits average per day hits, it will be it. Some of the wheels in the dance community need to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome

"When you fall, I will be there to catch you."
with love, -  the Dance Floor.


It has now been very evident that for the most effective use, for our blogs is Twitter. Word Press and Tumble are right behind. Facebook and Linkedin are out first, Google+ is next, too much complicated crap. Others try to force you and make it very difficult to get out. Pinterest I am still working on. Seems like they are not going to let you delete anything. So they may also be on the way out.

"The Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

The hits are steady so the most important thing on our blog horizon is the Information Contributor. That one person willing to share a photo or two and a few comments for their friends and fellow dancers, the readers of the blogs. They can forget about writing absolutely correct, forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Just write for themselves and their immediate friends reading our social media blogs. And of course, hopefully they will eventually want to get on as Guest Authors. And they can pick the blog of their choice. We can still get these blogs into Social Media.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Did We Say Live Music?

According to the Internet, most DJ's have thousands of songs available with a very wide variety of music types. And the larger the guest list, the more variety needed in the music. And yet most of us are aware, and it stands to reason, the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms will never return again.

"One mistake won’t kill us, but the same mistake
made over and over again will."


A Salsa Club with a DJ is just fine most of the time but how about a Live Band? Live bands are usually limited to what they can play well. And bands usually know how to play less than 100 and the variety is usually limited. But on the Island of Oahu we have discovered, in this century, the extra value in the Oldies But Goodies even if they are too few and far between the millions that are published daily.


During the course of a typical four hour function approximately 50-65 songs may be played. Are we really prepared to wade through a list of thousands of songs to pick the one's we like? We could remember that we want all our guests, young and old, to have a good time. Fortunately with the Oldies but Goodies, we have enough to sprinkle the entire year without duplication and still enjoy what can be played.

 "Ha`a Hula" by Loyal Garner

There will be a good place for each venue and we will gradually adjust to it without looking down on anyone. Let's be friends and enjoy the music and dancing of our time.

Pub's Side Note: Meanwhile you can check out Dancing Nights blog and see a good example of a Guest Author, Richie Fun and Marie as Contributing Editor, sharing the information for our increasing number of reader/dancers.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Live Music?

By Phillip Luong, Enchanted Lake.

I often prefer live music on CDs to real commercial CDs, why do some people think this way? I am not sure, but I think its because I can feel like I am in the moment and at the shindig and its more of a personal relationship with the musicians. It may be in its very raw, edgy, spontaneous way to listen to music because its a different sound than whats on the same recorded audio.

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic,"


Maybe I enjoy the interaction of and with the musicians. Live music has a spontaneous element that studio recordings often lack. Studio recordings are very calculated and "produced". I worked on the Mainland as an engineer, and oftentimes we worked our butts off to try and recreate some of the energy and feel of the artist's original "live" demos. Unfortunately, the artist / producer / label often feels that a live performance isn't good enough for the record, and they suck the life out of it trying to make it "perfect".

"Green Eyes" by Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell


"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Musicians need people like our fellow dancers on this Island to support them and attend their live gigs. They need to know that the pause that refreshes is very important in music. A little time to relax  and enjoy the silence. They need to know that people care about and enjoy the music they make, instead of just sitting on their butts at home and downloading stuff. Mistakes? So who in the hell is perfect?

Pub's Side Note: Now all l have to do is find a place to visit and blog'em.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

We like Live Music

Luckily for those in search of the joy of sound, live music is on full display at a host of Honolulu nightclubs, bars and restaurants. And the usual is there, small, medium and large - good, bad and indifferent. There is music just for display and listening. And also music for people that want to move to their favorite music.

"If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them,

you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it
affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit."


From raging bars with rowdy live bands to upscale ocean side lounges with mellow music, Honolulu has it all when it comes to music venues. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Waikiki area, terrific places to hear live music are also found on the North Shore.  And now with the Rail Disaster causing more damage, there will be more in West Oahu all the way up to Makaha.

"Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man" by Bruddah Iz


Some of the points we will  cover here might not be true for all groups, we know that most of the particular items will hold true in all of the points we make here. And we shall get some good Contributing Editors with their very valuable opinions. The more the merrier and we shall have Social Media here. Hey...it is our site, after all, right?

So...let's take a look at what's being said ... OK? Contributing Editors - it is in your kuleana, let's hear it from you. I will try to find some place I can visit and blog'em.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Slow Moving, Waiting.

The Two Centers or Guest Authors will be the ones who decide if this blog will continue to exist. Most of the ones who share information do so on International circles. They communicate with Finland, South Africa and Lower Slobavia. So I hope everyone can see that this whole enchilada is not in my control, we are Oahu. I do the best I can and look forward to the day when one of the blogs goes independent. And for one of them, it may happen this year. 

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead,
where there is no path and leave a trail." 


So far one of the best answers for low cost short distance commute.

The Ivory Towers do not have clue, but all the bus drivers and the all the users of what used to be Public Transportation know. Fasi knew, that Public Transportation was for the public not the profiteers. Not this Mayor, bought and paid for by the Present Rail Party. Of course, they have bought a lot of  people. There are millions and millions of dollars in profit. Just started and they are already a "Billion" short.

"It may take a day, it may take a year, but what is meant to be
will always find the way."

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Music

By Kazushi Sakuraba, Waipio

Everyone has such good opinions on the subject but that does not make us experts. On Oahu we are getting closer to answering the fundamental question of why music is so essential, And we are in general agreement. Why should we focus on the universal gems of music - like how we can better use music to improve the quality of our lives.

"Belief in the truth may begin with the doubting of all those
“truths” we once believed."

It can also enhance our performance in other academics or careers, improve our relationships, or even to help us stay balanced during life's more challenging times? Shouldn't the first level of understanding a subject matter, especially such a powerful form of intelligence, be an insight into why it has value?


If we knew the "why" of music, and recognized the value and potential benefits already available to us, wouldn't it naturally increase our desire to learn more? Science has already shown, and continues to demonstrate, how music can improve human development in countless ways.

"Blindman in the Bleachers" by Loyal Garner 


"White Sandy Beach" by Bruddah Iz

It is a pleasant drug for the brain, the ultimate mood enhancer for emotional balance, a golden key for unlocking creativity, the secret code behind health and longevity, and the connective fiber between human beings of all races, nationalities and generations.