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. 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


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.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

We Are Not Standing Still

The micros are doing very well in bringing in the hits for the blogs, however they are getting much too crowded. I can hardly find mine in there. So I am starting to prune, Any in there that are not from the Hawaiian Islands are being weeded out. In Twitter, anyone that has too many followers and going out. You want Greece, Bulgaria, go to Facebook.

"Every truth always bends and reshapes itself or
more likely is reshaped by other forces"

"My Isle Of Golden Dreams" by Melveen Leed.

We are having fun with the 30 thousand local dancers on these islands and we are beginning to know each other. Then the only thing holding any blog from hits is the need for some Two Center willing to share dance tidbits with their fellow dancers. Those special persons with their own unique viewpoint are not SOS. (same old shit.) These new people have a refreshing unique viewpoint that will be of interest to our reader/dancers.

The top three blogs have still not been determined but we are getting there. This month will pretty well tell us where we are. One thing for sure, Live Music does not seem to have qualified to be a special group not long ago. Though I believe Richie Fun is the first one to print it in a blog. So we all learn, what the hell, we are beginning to get them into our blogs.

"Shores of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

One good Two Center from this section would probably get Live Music into the top three. But like I have stated several times, the readers are the ones that will make the decisions. And there are many places with Live Music that will be glad to be in this blog for the benefit of all the dancers. A good solid studio would be an interesting addition. This is a Dance Blog.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I Just Wanna Dance

Even a beginner can look around and see that there are many different types of dancers, and perhaps they could even have different goals in mind to achieve long term or within the moment. As adults we should accept that one’s goals can always change given time, influence and results.

"We could all play the game of truth or dare. Or just dare
because nobody tells the truth anymore."

Whether you are a Waltz, Rumba, Swing, or other dancer this holds true for all genres. None of these dances and/or styles are wrong, they just happen to have different goals and objectives. As long as you keep an open mind and your dance positive, you can have a great time with the music.

"Perfidia" by Tommy Dorsey

Most of us just want to just gain enough knowledge to be comfortable on the dance floor and enjoy moving to our favorite music. We just want to fit in, be part of the gang and just have fun. We do not need to take dance to the next level and worry about spins, shines, dips and other acrobatics on the dance floor. All the basic moves are just fine. We mainly care about going out, enjoying the music, the social interaction of meeting others and keeping a smile on their faces. We are social dancers,

Pub's Side Note: The people at the top of the Live Music game are already there and really don't need us. We understand perfectly. However, those that are starting or struggling need our help and we are more than willing. However we don't know which ones they are. Mahalo for whatvah  info you can geeve us to help the others.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Live vs DJ

Who in society wouldn't benefit from these insights or the ability to tap into such an empowering resource?

If mankind has been using music for these purposes throughout history, why aren't we talking about the workings of music in these ways, thus giving everyone the knowledge and tools to integrate music into their lives in the most potent ways?

We are desperately in need of a new kind of music appreciation program -- one that offers everyone the "why" of music, impresses upon us its deeper values,

We all know that a typical CD released these days will have maybe one or two hits on it along with 12 other "throw away" songs that nobody has ever heard or would want to hear. What's the use of having thousands of JUNK songs?

and helps people better understand how we can most effectively harness its tremendous benefits and better integrate those into our daily lives --

 one that extends beyond the walls of a classroom by creating positive social change and empowering every member of society.

legends filled the airwaves, nightclubs and concert halls. By the time I graduated high school, the music that had filled my life outside those academic walls had inspired me enough to enroll into music school at the esteemed University of Michigan

and, following that, to pursue a career in music. It wasn't my desire to be a performer, however, that pulled me into the depths of study and practice;

 it was my realization and deep appreciation of how essential music was to my own well being and happiness, if not to my very survival.

Then there is also the "music lite" course called Music Appreciation, where even non-musically inclined people can learn about different aspects, styles, and eras of music.

These are often presented as a watered down combination of history and theory framed around the music and lives of dead white composers.

Even if I had access to one of these courses as an elementary school student, I'm not sure I would have fully grasped its relevance to my own life and experience growing in Detroit, nor to the music that consumed my attention for a high percentage of my waking hours.

 I was fortunate to eventually learn the fundamental's hows and whats of music through the conservatory and private lessons. But something was still missing, even at one of the highest-ranking music programs in the country.

The "How To" courses are great for teaching people to become more proficient performers, arrangers or composers.

Oracle has a songlist of over 500 well established, well known songs, in styles ranging from oldies to Top 40 dance, from classic rock to country, from swing & big band to R&B & Motown.

As for "The larger the guest list, the more variety needed in the music", I beg to differ. Most good variety bands these days can cover styles ranging from the big band era through today. Indeed, if you have TOO much variety there is no sense of direction to the music, no continuity. Remember that there is a big difference in "variety" (meaning the styles of music played), and "quantity", (that is, the sheer number of songs available in the repertoire).

DJs obviously have a big edge on quantity, but not necessarily on variety.

The mark of a good party, at least from a musical point of view, is to keep the dance floor busy. If you are playing such a variety that you're going from a classic rock song to a polka to a hip hop tune, you may well end up having a dance floor with only one or two people on it at any given time, and may NEVER have a packed floor. (Notice I said "may" never...just to keep things honest).
Bands Are Too Expensive

A friend of mine is a DJ that does a lot of weddings as well as Bar / Bat Mitzvahs. A typical Saturday rate for him runs over $1000! One guy!!! Let's take a look at this.

What does he do to prepare his music? He heads for Best Buy for the latest "Now That's What I Call Music Volume 332", and heads off to the gig. Some of these guys simply hit the internet and download the songs from their favorite MP3 file sharing site!!!...they have all the latest hits for free. Remind me again...what exactly are you paying them for?

Monday, September 7, 2015

Slow? Yes!

And we got through Happy Labor Day. The news is just starting to come in and Live Music is getting some interest. We will be getting recommendations with times and places to dine and dance.The Stats are going up very nicely. I suspect there will be few in this month that are going to venture an opinion. We not going to let others define our Dance Kuleana, "we" are going to do it and let the others do as they may.

"They say youth is wasted on the young. Did you waste yours?"

The biggest thing holding back the growth of these blogs is the lack of Two Centers that eventually might become Guest Authors. I reach my point of diminishing returns when I get to 30 average hits per day. I am not famous, so that some of you could go easily to 40 on your own blog or web site. I just have to accept my guesses. But in our blogs there is synchronizing. Wha' Dat?

"We should all know what we stand for, not just what we stand against."

Meanwhile, it is still nip and tuck between Blogging Hawaii and Platinum Horseshoe for second place. Out of my hands, the deciding factor will be the people that decide to get their 2 cents in and pick the blog of their choice. From there we can work on getting the first blog independent. That is my dream. And of course, Live Music could pick up and pass all of them, once it gets going.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Getting Noticed

Oahu is a hot spot for live music. You can find some of the best local artists performing throughout Oahu, from fine resorts to local bars and restaurants. You’ll discover music all along Waikiki’s main strip of Kalakaua Avenue, from street performers to local musical legends.

"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact."

Listen to traditional Hawaiian music and watch hula performances at many of the various Hotels. The bars and lounges feature contemporary Hawaiian music or listen to jazz at many places in Waikiki. Beyond Waikiki you’ll find other music venues, just a few minutes away in the Ala Moana Center, Hawaii’s largest open-air shopping mall.

Downtown Chinatown’s urban setting is home to stylish bars and restaurants featuring jazz, rock, acoustic and DJs. For national artists, check the schedule of the Neil S. Blaisdell Arena and Concert Hall,  popular venues for touring bands and renowned artists. From Hawaiian music at a local bar to sell-out arena shows, Oahu has a variety of live music spots to discover.

And many dancers have found out that the power of live music is undeniable. It makes folks feel good, it helps people relax, and for many, it's the most fun type of music to dance to. You got anything going that is fun and would like to share with our rapidly growing bunch of reader/dancers, email it in and we shall post.