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


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.