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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Our Evolving Dance Scene

I can see that our dance blogs will be the most powerful dance discovery platform on Oahu  – a place where the music players find their fans and dancers find music they love. It will happen not long after I am gone. We are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and dancing to the fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, DJs, or live on stage or anywhere dancers want to experience it.

“We can watch a dance and see an array of beautifully presented movements
or we can look deeper and understand that there is a particular message
and meaning to the movements that are being expressed.”

People who love both reading about social dancing and music might waffle Hamlet-like about whether to enjoy a blog or some tunes in their free time. But there’s a way to combine both! I don’t mean reading and listening to music at the same time, though you can do that if you don’t pay full attention to either. I mean reading dance blogs containing some musical  and dance elements.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Music is so much a part of our lives that its presence in literature can help readers relate to fictional situations and characters. Also, characters who love music are often creative people (as is the case with real-life music lovers), and creative people tend to be quite interesting. In addition, music can give us insights into what makes the protagonists tick: What do they listen to? Do they also sing, write tunes and/or play an instrument? Does music set off memories in the minds of others besides dancers?


Music’s jogging of memory is quite profound and on Oahu we are accepting the "Oldies But Goodies" as a separate parcel of enjoyment to music and how we dance to it. Dancers have found that they may hear a song that sparks a melancholy recollection of a major event in their youth.

"Moloka'i Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii


We are gradually developing a good team on Oahu, of highly informed musicologists that will be analyzing the hundreds of attributes for each musical selection which powers our "Oldies But Goodies" playlist. They will be delivering many hours of personalized music tailored to the tastes of each class of dancers on this Island, making musician and fan connections at unprecedented scale.

Don’t quit when the tide is lowest, For it’s just about to turn;
Don’t quit over doubts and questions, For there’s something you might learn.
Don’t quit when the night is darkest, For it’s just awhile till dawn;

Don’t quit when you’ve run the farthest, For the race is almost won.
Don’t quit when the hill is steepest, For your goal is almost nigh;
Don’t quit for you’re not a failure, Until you fail to try.”


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Where?

The news on Live Music is not coming in. However, Platinum Horseshoe is doing good because of Dance information from Kapolei Chapter, HBDA and from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. Now a little information from Dot's in Wahiawa and Just Tacos in Mililani, and we got it going for Live Music in the West. But if they wish to keep it a secret from us, we promise to respect.

 “A dancing lie from downtown Honolulu can travel all the way to Kapolei while the truth is just putting on its dancing shoes.”

And WBDC has a beautiful occasion coming up for Independence Day, which will be appreciated by all the reader/dancers. They will be coming down from the North Shore. You can check into any other of our blogs very easy by just clicking the blog graphic in the side bar. Social media, can be a two-way street that gives you the ability to communicate too. It is easy to confuse social media with social news because we often refer to members of the news as "the media."

"Contigo Aprendi" by Luis Miguel

You can read our Guest Authors and you know you are getting good information because they get around. It may be all about the place you missed or even attended. But your view point is very likely different than the writer's viewpoint, and bringing out those differences is social media to da max.


Because social media is such a broad term, it covers a large range of web and blog sites. But the one common link between our blog sites is if you are able to interact with other sites and interact with other visitors. That interaction is what is going to be "our" blogs and it will take some time for everyone to understand and make use of them. Everyone will be connected but there will be the very minimum of commitments. 

So where is all the Live Music on this Island of Oahu?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Blooming

All of our Dance Blogs are doing a very good job of gradually defining themselves by just doing their own thing. Every bit of information from the readers makes it so. Even if we don't get enough of the Live Music Scene to share. We take pride in our differences and the reader/dancers are slowly realizing that bloggers are not a bunch of bums. Most blogs are racking up the hits compared to Web sites and that means people are reading them. There is a big big difference from the rest of the Social Media and "you ain't seen nuttin' yet."

"The best preparation for tomorrow, is to do our best for today."


In Web 2.0 terms, a website just gives you information, but does not interact with you while giving you that information. Think of regular Web media as a one-way street where you can read a newspaper or listen to a report on television, but you have very limited ability to give your thoughts on the matter. So that updates are not that important in a Web site and with good reason.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


For us the ideal would be at least three Guest Authors in every blog, which would be of their choosing. Even if each one blogs only once per month, that is good up to date information of the dance scene for their readers. You interested in Live Music? Dis da blog. Night Clubbing, try Dancing Nights. Latin music and dance, try Ritmo Mestizo. And of course, the leading blog at this time is Platinum Horseshoe which covers West Oahu. The Commentaries and the Two Centers will eventually come in heavy because we try to make it easy for them.

Happy Dancing.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Comments?

In my view, there’s an interesting cultural difference between a blog that allows comments and one that does not. Ours does not at the moment. A blog or web site that doesn’t allow comments seems to me to be saying “this is the final word on this topic.” To me it seems there’s something formal about such publications and it is possible that they distance themselves from regular users. They hold themselves up as a paragon rather than engaging “on the level” with users. But that should not be a blog site, that is usually a Web site.

 “There seems to be no such thing as ruining your life.
Life is pretty much a resilient thing, it turns out.”


Maybe on School Street far away from the Rail Disaster.

Here, we had asked for comments, we wanted to engage, and we had aimed to build a creative dialog that enriched the initially published content. However we have had few comments in all our blogs. Web sites provide straight-up news and reviews of technology. In our adjustments we have now omitted comments simply because they seem to be not wanted. But we will see what we will see in a few months. We have stated over and over again, that the reader/dancers will make the decisions, these blogs will be theirs, not the other way around.

"Moliendo Cafe" by Azucar Moreno


So perhaps this site is less about community than about providing information. Perhaps facilitating on-site dialog isn’t central to the site’s strategy. Perhaps cementing the blog's position as The Last Word on a given topic by relieving the site of comment facilities does, in fact, support that strategy. I just think the reader are not aware of their importance and the effect they would have in our blogging.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra


What about our blog, though? Do you think we could successfully pull off removing comments? Would it upset our readership? Would it undermine our relationship with them? In short: how important are blog comments to our own engagement with our audience? Can we say anything about Live Music?

"Vaya Con Dios" By Les Paul and Mary Ford

Pub's Note: Comments - Information Contributors - Contributing Editors. What are they in our book? The definition for our blogs is still in process. And nobody knows.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Cameras

For a starter at the HBDA function it did not go so bad. I messed up, the batteries were low and I lost a lot of photos, but I learned a lot. If I take a working camera and get a couple people that know how to work it, I can take my pick and have enough photos for the blog. Looking good.

“The truth is not for all dancers but only for those who seek it.”


Perhaps someone can recommend the best simple point and shoot camera to get and I will buy it and take it with me everywhere I go. You don't have to be a professional or have a fancy SLR camera to take pictures for a blog page. Sure, a professional could probably do a nicer job, but your picture is ready immediately and that simple picture may turn a dull page that not many thought much about into a page that will receive compliments for all time, just because we added your photo. Our blog site is a public place and I will put the best photos up for view on it. That in turn will send the hits on any blog through the roof.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Meanwhile there are over one million new tunes being recorded daily.  From there fully 90 per cent are maybe not junk but just a tune that may be played somewhere by a few DJs. They are constantly in search of the new. That leaves 100 thousand that may be pretty good. But you can whittle that down to maybe ten thousand super good tunes for all time and those are the ones that are enjoyed most by the "Dancers." Referred to on Oahu as the "Oldies But Goodies." And that brings us back to Live Music and the audience is the Experienced Social Dancer (over thirty.)

"For a complete life, one must have Wine, Music and Dance."

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Live Music, not for Dancing?

It has come to my attention that when "they" are talking about live music "they" are talking about "listeners" not dancers. Big, Big difference. About the only place where we can be sure it is for dancing is when "they" are talking Salsa. So our quest in this blog is to find the places where we can dance comfortably and socially to Live Music. Yes, we know it ain't gonna be easy. Any Comments?

“Most dancers occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”


The case against comments is usually that comment moderation is too time consuming to be sustainable. If, as some argue, the commenting populace is only a small portion of the overall audience, those comments are unlikely to lead to significantly higher traffic levels. As has been pointed out by many of the people who’ve commented (via Twitter and other avenues) on this move, removing comments means less garbage, faster page load times, and a better user experience.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


With the growing wealth of social media at our fingertips, site owners could find that avoiding a single channel that’s not proving advantageous is of benefit, clearing the decks and making it easier to focus on the kinds of communications they do best — and where. And if, like some have said, the blog is big enough, and its following loyal enough, people will talk about, recommend, and consume the site’s offering regardless. But what would you do as it happens to us and we have no comments at all? They are all open now, I may close them all.

Blogger's Law #28a: No matter where you go, there you are! 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Los Angeles

We don't seem to get them from Oahu but we are starting to get them from the Mainland. Hooray. I wll have another Rum And Coke on that.

Velvet Margarita, by Lino
Mexican restaurant Velvet Margarita has always featured top-notch DJs, but they've just started featuring bands on their patio during their "Cahuenga Block Party," a summer shindig co-promoted with St. Felix (where yours truly deejays). Those parties have been so successful, we've learned, that Velvet will have more live rock and roll besides the Lain Sound, on its patio this summer. 1612 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, 90028. (323) 469-2000


Barrio Tiger at Velvet Margarita.

Fortunately we are also starting to make connection with the neighbor islands. As long as we have music and dance information for our readers/dancers we will get more readers. This seem to be certain as we go into the second half of the year 2016. Sooner or later we will get some local Oahu venue to write up in our blogs, but it must be their decision. Patience, we are at their service.


For us, photos are a great way to dress up a blog site. They add color and liveliness to pages and are just fun. In our blog environment, people love to look at them because they are familiar with the background and the people in it. And perhaps even more if they appear in the photos themselves. In our dance environment they are surely a win-win situation and can liven up an entire blog. A word to the wise should be sufficient.

"Truth is so well disguised and lies are so well established that
unless  we love the truth we shall never recognize it." 


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Live Music

It has spread quite broadly throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The residents have been very fond of Live Music and with good reason. I have met many that confess that they feel a certain joy in dancing to Live Music. If there are mistakes made, they are all part of the fun and the known environment. So to each his own.

"The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice their lives
for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude."


We got this from Facebook but could not find a copyright. If anyone objects,
it will be deleted immediately if not sooner.

I realize that this is mostly, at present, a matter of semantics, but really we must get accessible information on all types of dancing to put them all in their proper place. And from there, we, the dancers can make a reasonable choice of where we want to be. Most of us do not know many of the viewpoints. And if you get your information from the Creative Researchers And Producers you're lost. All of your local blogs will be your best method of staying informed on the overall picture.

"Cherokee" by Charlie Barnett


We must inquire a little more and perhaps we can find the promised land. Look into the Night Club scene with real interest and see what they are dancing. Look into the specialties, line dancing, swing dancing, salsa dancing, tango dancing, country dancing. Then you may get close to a proper conclusion. You can be a social dancer and be damn proud of it. You can dance just for the pure enjoyment of moving to the music of your choice. And to be able to dance with most people in the same level of social dance..

"Every time we dance, we turn into a better version of ourselves."