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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

End Of Year

Live music is not set in stone, like recorded music, so within a set song there may be changes of nuances according to the mood of the situation.  Most experienced social dancers are prepared to improvise and are ready to adapt and move to the music.


But even if you are prepared by listening to Latin Music and knowing the most popular songs, you will still need to adapt your dance to suit the mood of the occasion. After all, this is the beauty of live music and dancing to it, as every performance is unique and it will depend on the mood and energy of the dancers and the musicians, as well as the rapport they create with the audience.

"Here In My Heart" by Al Martino


Last but not least, relax and enjoy! Dancing is fun and this needs to come across in your performance. Smile and do not worry too much about making small errors that the audience will not even notice as long as you keep smiling and look relaxed. Also, by relaxing you will be more able to tune in to the music and let your musical intuition take over and translate into comfortable movements. That's Dancing!

"There are short cuts to happiness and dancing may be one of them."

Thursday, December 22, 2016

It is Christmas time.



This blog has some of the most scam, spam, robot hits in our blogosphere. In the audience section of the Blogger report, the normal is about 100 hits from the US, then 50 hits from France, then 25 hits from Germany. Now, all of a sudden there are 200 hits from Russia. He He. Somebody is trying to screw us up. I really don't know what they hope to accomplish with that crap.

"May this Christmas burn away all your sadness and bury all your tears so
that your life will be perpetually filled with happiness and joy."


Looks like this Christmas will be having a little more dancing to live music in town - but also in Kapolei, the Central Valley, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Oahu is getting to be the Dancing Island of Hawaii. With the biggest group of social dancers - it will be a good example for the rest of the Pacific.

"Dancers enjoy a glass of wine each night for it's health benefits. The other glasses are for their witty comebacks and their flawless dance moves."

 

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

Live

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? 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Age Makes Difference

Back a half century ago, it was common for the young folk to say, "Never trust anyone over thirty." Perhaps it has gone to 35 now but the division has been set by the young, not the old timers. The physical differences in social dancing are minor. So we can just take into consideration the favorite music in either the young or the old categories. And in Hawaii, the older more experienced dancers are definitely not interested in gymnastic type music or dance.

"Dancers enjoy every moment, the good music, the bad and the
beautiful partners, the inspiring, the not so glamorous
moments, and thank god for the good life." 


On Oahu, many of the young are street dancers, though there are many studios with Hip Hop teaching. Along with the many others that teach exhibition dancing of all types. "Show business." And then there are the dances like Swing, Tango, Salsa, Line that may group into clubs to specialize in their own type - of dancing the night away. Social Dancing consists of at least six different type dances. The most common, Waltz, Rumba, Foxtrot, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Tango. Line dancing has been being introduced in this century with success. Other types may be introduced depending on the dance crowd.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


The music favored by the young is LAGS, (the latest and greatest syndrome.) The more experience dancers favor the oldies but goodies. And in any period that we are in, the playlist of the, oldies but goodies, changes. In 1976, it was not the same as today, 40 years later. The dancers in the 40 to 70 year old bracket will have their own favorites and dancers get older every year. Just came across "I'll Be Seeing You" which I will never forget. I danced it in WWII - the young never heard of it.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Jimmy Durante


The DJs go more for the newer hits. They pride themselves on being up to date and the recordings are fairly easy to get. I can get just about anything I want on the Internet, 99.99% of which I do not want. The live bands find a good classic and they can use it for ten to fifteen years. Within a year they do not have to practice. They know that every time they play it, they do better, with more heart, more feeling and it transfers to the listener/dancers.

This blog was made for the fans of Live Music on Oahu.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Live Music on Oahu

Oahu is a hot spot for live music and we all realize that most of it is in Waikiki. You can find some of the best local artists performing throughout Oahu, but most are in downtown Honolulu. And the downtown Fat Cats along with the Present Rail Party are going to do their best to stop it from going anywhere else. Second City is out as far as they are concerned.

"Actually this post is not about you, but if the shoe fits, lace it up and wear it."


You’ll discover music all along Waikiki’s main strip of Kalakaua Avenue, from street performers to local musical legends. Listen to traditional Hawaiian music and watch hula performances at the Moana Surfrider and other Waikiki hotels. Tiki’s Grill & Bar and Duke’s Canoe Club feature contemporary Hawaiian music. Or listen to jazz at the Lewers Lounge in the Halekulani Hotel - Esquire magazine once named this one of the best bars in America. Hey, let's face it, this is very nice. But what about those of us that live in the outskirts. We have to avoid the Rail Disaster. The Fat Cats in Honolulu are well aware of this.

"The Hukilau Song" by Don Ho


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 - the Mai Tai Bar features popular island music in a lively hot spot, and many locals attend. Downtown Chinatown’s urban setting is home to stylish bars and restaurants featuring jazz, rock, acoustic and DJs. From Hawaiian music at a local bar to sell-out arena shows, Oahu has a variety of live music spots to discover.

"Mokihana Lullaby" by Loyal Garner


But first up should be Second City in spite of the stumbling blocks by the Present Rail Party. Then the Waianae Coast is wide open. The Central Valley is developing very good and could have become the entertainment center of West Oahu. But the Dance Pavilion in the Patsy Mink Recreation Center was cancelled to pay for the Rail Crisis. And how about the North Shore? Patience.

"The fault is not in the wine, it is in the fault of the one who
misuses the wine or any of other of God's creations."

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Rail Disaster

Excerpted from David Shapiro columns. You can reach David Shapiro
at volcanicash@gmail.com - Getting rail to Middle Street
would be best use of funds. May 22, 2016

The debate over whether to complete Oahu rail to Ala Moana Center or stop at Middle Street needn’t be either/or. The most rational course is to devote all existing funds to getting the train to Middle Street as soon as possible, using express buses to carry commuters to their final destinations. Then, if public support and more funding materialize, a second phase of eastward construction can begin.

The reality is the city doesn’t have enough money to complete the full line; the half-percent rail excise tax and $1.5 billion federal share will raise $6.8 billion at most, while the Federal Transit Administration now projects it’ll cost up to $8.1billion to reach Ala Moana.


 We coulda got 1000 of these babies for less than one billion dollars.
The Rail Catastrophe may go to ten billion dollars. The profits
are in the millions and millions of dollars.

The FTA also projects it’ll take two years longer than the city estimates, until 2024, to begin service to Ala Moana and says it’ll be flexible if the city changes course. What better way for the city to regain trust than show it can competently build and operate a useful segment to Middle Street? Holding out for Ala Moana or bust means another year or more of floundering while waiting to see if the extremely reluctant Legislature and City Council provide more funding.

 Beautiful Business Park in Kapolei, voted down by the Present Rail Party.
And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Better to focus existing funds on getting to Middle Street and treat additional funding for building further as a separate issue that doesn’t distract from starting service to Middle Street in this decade. This means committing no further rail funds beyond Middle Street until uncertainties are sorted out. If existing money is spread out to include city center construction and new funding fails, we likely won’t even finish to Middle Street and will have nothing to show for nearly $7 billion spent.

The public is weary of such drama as rail costs have grown in a little over a year from $5.2 billion and promises of “on time and on budget” to nearly $3 billion over budget and five years behind the original schedule. Facing reality and focusing on Middle Street for now would allow the city to map rail’s future without the pressure of immediately dealing with major utility relocations, business disruptions and other thorny challenges of building in the city center.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Brudah Iz 

Pub's Note: What about Caldwell's plan to divert funds from The Bus and from the Handi Vans to the Rail Disaster. MIllions and millions of dollars in profits.

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

Evolving

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."