Saturday, August 27, 2016

Just Moving

Extrava Danza will still be in the also rans at the end of the month. No new information contributors in sight. Patience, they will come. With the large amount of Social Dancers on Oahu we should be getting plenty of information soon. Enough to make a couple blogs independent by the end of the year. Groups able to make their own rules for their own blogs and I can resign.

"Once we eliminate the impossible, whatever remains,
no matter how improbable, must be the truth."

Then I must look to help the peripherals; Line, Tango, Salsa, Swing, Country, there is room for all. Unfortunately most are tied to Web sites so they feel that they do not need us. At any rate, that is their decision, not ours. There are others that may just be waiting for the opportunity and we will be here to help them.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

We know for sure now that the "Listener" will always be there but the "dancers" are growing in numbers, mainly because of the oldies but goodies. And many people are beginning to realize the great importance of this. As dancers, what is the difference in dancing the new "Hinky Dool" and dancing "As Time Goes By" to a nice romantic Fox Trot? As Time Goes By first appearcd in the Movie Casablanca in 1941. It will probably be good for another 75 years. Just beautiful!

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

A very good thing that our reader/dancers are beginning to get more familiar with blogging. That is what is sending the hits to new heights every week. It is just taking time.and we must be patient. Then our readers are beginning to make comments. What?

A jumper cable walks into a bar in Pearl City and orders a drink.
The bartender says, "Well, Ok, just don't start anything."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Live, listen or dance?

Listen or Dance to Live Music.
It has now become pretty clear that there are two different factions in the fan division of Live Music. And many people are in both, with the clear love of music - coming direct from the artists themselves. But the days of huge stadiums are dwindling fast because not only do they want to hear the music but they want to see the performers clearly. And for most listeners, it is "I know what I like." Fair enough.

"Everything we hear may be an opinion, not a fact. Everything
we see may be just a perspective, not the truth."

For Dancers, there are many more options and you can dance in many different styles. You can dance partner dancing, line dancing and even solo. And there are many complications for those that have studied long and hard. For the average social dancer it is just fun and not many complicated moves. Then there was, right after the WW1, Rudolf Labans, 1879 - 1958.

"La Golondrina" by Placido Domingo

The Five Basic Moves in all dances: And Rudolf Labans' advice for social dancers was to use the KISS method. (keep it simple, stupid.)

1. Gesture: Any movement not connected with supporting the body's weight. (same as Posturing.)

2. Stepping: Transferring the weight from one support to another.

3. Loco motor Movements: Any movements that move the dancer from one location to another.

4. Jumping: Any movement without a point of support.

5. Turning: Any movement that changes the position of the front.

The Mayan Indian Civilizations in Mexico had ten different basic moves,
but then, what the hell did they know?

A prime example of the evolution of dancing terminology:
Social turning in waltz, rumba, foxtrot or whatevah, may have the lead turning to his left (the Left Turn) and is one of the most basic moves in any dance. He will lead to his right (the Right Turn) at times but not as often. In the upper echelons of dance, the right turn for the lead is called the Natural Turn. And the left turn is called the Reverse Turn. So how do you like them potatoes? If we think about it, we may find an even more difficult way of doing this. Remember the KISS method.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Live Music Can Evolve

For a dance to exist, there must first be music but of course, we all know that this may not apply to exhibition dancers. This obvious statement implies that an understanding of music is essential to a social dancer. Yet, strangely enough. most social dancers and many teachers have limited knowledge of music. They are able to keep time automatically but would be hard pressed to explain how their movements are actually tied into the music of a particular dance.

"Dancers should have the courage to use their own reason,
for that is our new enlightenment.”

Listener fans of music have an easier time to explain their fondness for one song or another. "I like it and I know what I like." Fair enough. They are different from dancers, but it would widen their appreciation of music if they learned just a little bit more. None of us are experts but we can have an awful lot of fun learning.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

What kind of dancer are you? Do you wonder, do you know? Within these blogs sooner or later you will feel a lot closer to the solution and very clearly. You may even want to be a champion competition dancer someday and willing to work for it. And no one should hold you back. Most of us will be more than glad to clap for you.

"Happy Together"  by The Turtles

For most of us, the enjoyment of our favorite music while dancing is one of the pleasures of this earth. That along with good friends tops them all. Coupled with the fact that every day we learn something new, and it is a normal fact of life. So we are lucky, we don't have to talk stink about anyone.

That's what he said: Yes I admit, the last fight was my fault. My wife asked me "What's on TV?" I said, "Dust."

Monday, August 15, 2016


This is getting good and we accept that many people have their own opinions. Of course, some will be contaminated by the Creative Researchers And Producers and it will be evident to most of us.  Constructive Criticism is one thing, Nit Picking is another. Most people with a little common sense will be well aware of the difference. Translated from the Spanish. "We do not get mad and we do not get even. We understand and we accept,"

"Don't worry too much about those who talk about you behind your back.
They are behind you for a reason."

We have seven blogs (The Magnificent Seven) and have diluted the readership, but the whole enchilada still continues to grow at a slow but steady rate and we must realize that it has to slow down somewhere. The law of diminishing returns is already here. Some of our reader/dancers are beginning to contribute a few words and some have contributed a few photos. The fans of Live Music will certainly help.

"Heart Aching Blues" By Willie K.

Everyone will gradually see that the results are a benefit for everyone. We must continue our search for Information Contributors. We need more information on what's doin'?  The rules are very strict. You contribute whatever information you think is pertinent and you do it whenever you damn well please. And you can pick the blog you want it to go in. We gotta run a tight ship here, All the blogs are according to my parameters until they go independent. Then they will make their own rules.

"I Will Dance With You" by Willie K.

We are limited in the photos we can download for our blog because of the copyright in most of the Web sites. We do not have a copyright on any of our blogs so you may see many of our posters in the search engines of the internet.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Songs, Live and DJ

A DJ can play songs that are shorter than the ordinary three minute social dance kind and they play non-stop. It means more than 20 songs per hour and you are not going to get that much in live music. We all understand that it is a much different environment. In a live environment the songs may be longer and you will get 12 to 15 depending on the crowd. If the crowd is quiet and they are waiting then the band has to play. If the crowd is having a ball talking story and saying hello to their friends, the band can delay the play a full minute.

“Most of us have the deficiency of not having a bullshit meter
that can read someone's statement as false.

It has been a long time when the great composers of the 17th century agreed that the silence in music at the right time is priceless. In live music you get it automatically. In social partner dancing, it is invaluable to have the opportunity to exchange opinions, go to the restroom, get another beer, say hello to that special friend, whatevah. Next time you go out on a live musical jaunt, look around you and see what you enjoy the most.

"Mi Son Maracaibo"por Rene Touzet

How about a Latin NIght Club? In a 60 song agenda, a Latin club requires most of the music to be in Rumba and Cha Cha Cha. Perhaps 10 Rumbas, and 10 Cha Cha Chas. and each one would be played every sixth song. There would be at least, 8 Merengues, 8 Sambas and 8 Tangos and at least 6 waltzes, 3 of each kind. That would leave them 10 to test the winds and the dancers could make the decisions. How about a nice Fox Trot? In Hawaii?

"Ir does not have to be end of a perfect day, to have a glass of wine" 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Latin Live

There are at least four good Salsa dance bands in Hawaii. All of them billed as Salsa, on their Web sites, newspaper ads, radio and TV advertising. At any rate, they are playing Latin music - Live. We have all heard it, somewhere. "I'll take great music, performed in a great venue every time. Not only is the music more involving, but the energy of musicians playing with and off of each other adds another dimension to the story-telling." So be it.

“For social dancers, it may be far better to grasp our Oahu Dance World as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone, here as well as anywhere else. The core of the problem is how we want to define “Latin Music.” That music is either delivered - they connect with an audience - or they don’t, and on Oahu they do very well. For some, that audience is a few thousand wanna be Latin dancers and some critics and of course there are always a few outstanding dancers that could very easily become pros.

"Cien Ańos" por Pedro Infante

Those connections happen because the music successfully communicates something real about the human experience. Sure, there is trashy music that does really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity, such as increasing the number of steps or patterns you can dance to the music, Auwe. What people value in their music - and Latin may be what they count as music - really tells you more about them than it does about the music.

A colorful parade in Latin America, with live music and dancing.

Then there is distance. Many years ago they had many concerts at the coliseum in Los Angeles. The seats in the upper rows were always the last to go. But the sound of the live music wasn't very good and from the distance you could not see much. Concerts are all much closer nowadays, Blaisdell is fine, Aloha Stadium, no good. If we can go to Night Club on Oahu, where we are sitting in the same room as the band, we are very lucky indeed. Not only that but for many of the regulars, they can say "hello Mary, hello John" which certain makes for the start of a beautiful social evening.

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Fine food served by waitresses in appetizing forms.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Velvet Chord

Oahu and Beyond:
Everyone has a free pass to get inside the Velvet Cord of our blogosphere from the beginning. But it has slowly come out that some choose not to participate in our endeavors which should still be just fine with all of us. Usually it is an honest opinion and they can easily change their mind if they see the light some day.

"It seems that any full grown, mature adult would have a desire to
 be responsible, to help where they can in a world that needs
so very much and that threatens us so very much."

However, there is one way that guarantees they will never get inside the Velvet Cord. Lie about me and/or our fellow reader/dancers. They will have made it plain that they want out and they shall remain out. We would rather not be associated with these type of people.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

 There shouldn't be any further problem with that. We do not have to talk stink about anyone. No hu hu, they can ignore us and we can ignore them, easy. We will be too busy trying to please so many of the good kind of people. There are over 35000 dancers on the Island of Oahu and they are going to have a say so.

"Green Onions" By Booker T. & The MG's

Next is to denigrate our publications. Then they will have really made it very plain that this is not their cup of tea and they can count on us to respect their wishes for the rest of their lives. Third we must accept that some have made the decision for an entire group or club. So be it - and the members should be made aware of it.

Meanwhile, Live Music in the Central Valley and the North Shore is moving along very nicely and there will be another place before the end of the year.

"Arrogance is the obstruction of wisdom."