Saturday, February 27, 2016

The view from Tripler Hospital

The Black men are definitely for Nite Clubs with a marked preference for "white meat." Whatever, - the black woman seems to be out with them. Many will get friendly with islander women but that is definitely not their preference. Apparently their ideal is the blue eyed, blond.

 "All truths may be easy to come by and understand once
they are discovered; the point is to discover them."

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Many potential dancers will talk about the clubs in town but the same complaint is there for most people interested in dancing to enjoy an evening. The Traffic and everyone knows that it is going to get worse when the Rail Disaster is in. So a few places in the outskirts are developing slowly. They just have to communicate to more dancers and let them know.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The Studio Night Club scene is developing very well at Divino Ritmo Studio. You can read all about in Richie Fun Blogs in the Dancing Nights blog. With a little more information contributors, the hits on that blog will go through the roof.

"If you can put your favorite music into your heart, you can dance
the night away and let the rest of the world go by."

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Oahu Night Club Scene

Oahu nightlife is as lively and varied as everything else the island has to offer. All tastes are catered for, from gentle supper clubs with floor shows and loud, brash nightclubs to ritzy piano bars, rustic  disco-bars and bars specializing in traditional Pacific Island music. And since traffic is due to get worse, the outskirts are looking better all the time.

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

Bar-hopping is done but very little since most of the dancers have a place to go and have fun and that's it. And the traffic is something else. Crime in the Honolulu is another consideration after dark. But pickpockets are few in crowded nightlife areas where wallets and bags are usually well guarded.

Honolulu's rich cultural heritage boasts a colorful artisan tradition, from the vibrant based on the Hawaiian music and dance of long ago. A strong legacy of music and literature spans a couple centuries, styles and genres from the various ethnic groups and graffiti maestros to Hawaii's classic romantics. Perhaps the most typical Hawaiian music and dance is the hula, which is still enjoyed  by many.

The biggest attraction is the live music, even though all Hawaii Dancers can and do enjoy music by DJs, but if they have a preference, shouldn't they get it?  Many of our best singers have passed on but there are many more coming up now. As dancers, all we have to do is find out where they are playing the oldies but goodies. Dat's Da Kine. Those are the classics and we can dance them in sheer joy time after time.

"If God is the DJ, then Life is the dance floor, Love is the rhythm
and You are the music."

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Live Music On Oahu

Oahu seems to be a hot spot for live music, only we don't hear much about it in our blogs. However, most of our readers have their favorite spots, they are just shy of sharing it with our fellow dancers. You can find some of the best local artists performing throughout Oahu, from fine resorts to local bars and restaurants.

Stupid: Knowing the truth, seeing the truth and believing the lies."

"Night And Day" by Jimmy Borges

You may discover great music all along Waikiki’s main strip of Kalakaua Avenue, from street performers to local musical legends. You can listen to traditional Hawaiian music and watch hula performances at many Waikiki hotels. You can dance to Bachata and Salsa most anywhere. However much of the live music is for listeners, not dancers. We have to find it and share it with the readers.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

Or listen to jazz at the Lewers Lounge in the Halekulani Hotel — Esquire magazine once named this one of the best bars in America. 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 a popular venue for touring bands and renowned artists.

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces

From Hawaiian and Latin music at a local bar to sell-out arena shows, Oahu has a variety of live music spots to discover. We just have to find the ones where we can dance. Dancing is our game.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Live Music, where?

Live Music is on Oahu, I know that much. I just don't get enough information about live music to share with our fellow reader/dancers. I get a few that are willing say something and much of it is very interesting, but on Oahu, they do not want to make any commitments. It isn't that way at all but the few that we have know that.

"You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved some happiness for some people, you may consider yourself pretty rich."

I believe partner dancing on Oahu has the power to connect people and bring people closer. And that is just about anyplace. Besides dancing, many of us enjoy discovering hidden gems in this island, finding great music and taking photos and generally living a good life.

Live Music is one of those things we seek in dancing simply because that seems like Da Reel Teeng. On the Internet most of us can get just about any music we wish. And if we have good speakers connected to the computer we have no need for a CD player. But I no longer do this because it is only the music. I like to see the panorama of the song. The  stage, the band, the singer and all of it and the song video is more like Live Music.

"A problem defined is a problem half solved."

I am getting particular on that. I prefer, several scenes in the background while the singer sings the song. a sort of playlet pertinent to the words and music. It can really be beautiful. I am now building two different kinds of albums. The singers and the songs by each in each singers folder. Then I have another which is more interesting to me. An analysis of each song with six or seven versions of the same classic in chronological order by different singers. Yes, I am willing to share with anyone interested.

So the basic item is our need of the information contributors. Just hard
to find. I asked one of the DJs, if it was ignorance or apathy. He replied,
"I don't know and I don't care." Clear enough for me.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Big Bands

They have faded into the sunset.
Big Bands were existing in New Orleans since the early 1920s. Swing music became hugely popular and gained worldwide interest. The instantly recognizable and infectious sound of the swing rhythms sparked a craze for big band music that lives on to this very day.

"God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the Courage to change the things I can change,
and the Wisdom to know that it's me." 

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Also known as swing jazz, there are many legendary band leaders who pioneered the astronomical rise of this distinctive jazz music. Benny "King of Swing" Goodman was one of the first of a new generation to bring this popular music of the 1930s to the fore. Famous for his spectacular introduction of it for dancing at the famous Palomar Ballroom in the 1930s.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

With the outbreak of the Second World War, the demand for American Big Bands and Jazz Music reached new heights with halls and ballrooms attracting huge crowds. As such, there are many jazz music CDs available today from the likes of Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington and Bob Crosby. This music has been duplicated, rearranged, improved, degraded and just changed throughout the world and the years by many other bands.

"Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)" by the Bee Gees

As the hugely influential Duke Ellington’s lyrics say:
 “It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing!”