Sunday, March 27, 2016

Anyone interested?

Live Music and Dance
by James Miyashita, Kalealoa

Ever wonder how a band gets a particular sound? Maybe some of us want to learn how to be a better performers ourselves? One of the best ways to learn is by watching other artists to see what they do. On the island of Oahu, we might discover a cool guitar move, a way of engaging a crowd, or a combination of instruments or effects that we never thought of.

"The new century has certainly brought us into a fast age. The impossibility of yesterday has become the luxury of today and the necessity of tomorrow."

Spending time with friends enjoying live music is a great way to bond. Shared musical experiences can become memories that will last a lifetime. We will always remember the times with our friends when we enjoyed our favorite band or the new artist who surprised us with their talent. It also feels amazing to be completely absorbed in the music and dancing it our way. Then glance around the club to see that we are surrounded by so many others who feel the same way!

"La Golondrina" por Placido Domingo

Although it is becoming more and more common for audiences on Oahu to listen or watch performances through other methods, attending a live music event is actually a great opportunity to unplug from our devices and enjoy the present moment. There is so much to see, hear, and feel at a performance, so we don’t want to spend our time glued to earbuds. We might find that the time we spend enjoying music in the moment with our cellphone switched off refreshes our mind and gives us a new perspective on life. We may just live in Paradise.

"Contigo A La Distancia" por Christina Aguilera

It has always been hard to make a living as an artist, and it is particularly difficult on Oahu, now that so much music is available for free online or courtesy of the many good DJs out there. Many musicians now make more money performing than they do from their recordings, so if there is an artist whose work moves us one of the best ways to show our support is to attend their presentations. Especially for independent artists playing in smaller venues, a supportive audience is one of the most wonderful things a musician can see. And we are so fortunate to have so many good artists musicians on this Island of Oahu.

"Dancing? We may not be there yet, but we are closer
today than we were yesterday."