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Friday, June 23, 2017

What Live Music?

The power of live music on Oahu is undeniable. It makes our reader/dancers feel good, it helps them to relax, and it's the most fun type of music to dance to. Luckily for those in search for the joy of sound, live music is on full display at a host of Oahu nightclubs, bars and restaurants. From raging bars with rowdy live bands to upscale ocean side lounges with mellow music, Oahu has it all when it comes to music venues.

"Obstacles do not always crush - most obstacles yield to stern resolve.
Those who are fixed to a star do not change their minds easily."


While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Waikiki area, there is a bit of  problem with the traffic and the parking and it is going to get worse. Fortunately there are terrific places to hear live music found on the North Shore. Live music is offered on a regular basis with a large amount of oldies but goodies and karaoke happens often. Many are part bar, part restaurant and part night club. Great happy hour cocktails are offered along with the full bar and classic Hawaiian cocktails. Many residents of Oahu enjoy these places and they are getting better every day.

 "Yesterday" by the Beatles.


In historic Haleiwa town there is a small developing night club scene, that could be augmented with a small tract of housing and a small business park. Bedroom communities were obsolete in the last century. More people could live, work and play in their own beautiful kuleana. It is taking a while, no one wants the Rail Tragedy. Most of the Live music happens on weekends. This blog is still an elementary work in progress and is at the bottom of the pile.

"Imagine" by John Lennon


Extrava Danza blog has a lot of competition in the dance field but little in the Live Music scene on Oahu, so it will just take awhile. The hits although slow in coming, are gradually going up. It is possible that they will get to the viable goal soon. Meanwhile we hope for the comment section and for information contributors from any fans of Live Music. Experience tell us the hits would go up. But you cannot know until you install the counter and Blogger gives it to us free of charge. You cannot beat that. So we polish our Dance Blogosphere everyday and it will get better.

"Social Dancers know that small deeds done
are better than great deeds planned."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Not So Good?

Now that I know a little more, This is the blog for Live Music on Oahu. Unfortunately it is at the bottom of the pile (The Magnificent Seven,) I have come to that point again and I must adjust. This blog must go into the help department - I must find a place to visit. Live music and dance, plenty of fans out there but none want to make any commitments and we cannot blame them. However there is the minimum of commitment in making comments or in being a Two Center.  I offer the platform and you can use it if and when you want to. Easy?

"Common Sense: The knack of seeing things as they are
and doing things as they ought to be done."


I am interested in dancing and the readers are interested in dancing. My only conclusion is to cool it and keep going and see how it develops. Perhaps this blog will develop and one of the others will go by the wayside. It is not that easy with the counters that I have, but the reader/dancers will still make the decisions. First to go will be the blog that is too far behind in counter hits. Our blogs are Social Media. Well, maybe we are not Social Media yet but I can see that we can go nowhere unless we make it Social Media. And that means feedback.

"From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck


In our case the most important ingredients are the Comments section at the end of every blog, Just a comment or two on the dance situation from your viewpoint. Then with more information and/or photos, emailed from Information Contributors (Two Centers.) Different viewpoints? Of course and that's it! The simplicity in the solution is amazing. The difficulty is communicating to those that have the capability of understanding this. Never been done before? I know it.  And yet the promotion of Social Dancing remains our primary aim.

"Historia De Un Amor" by Luis Miguel


We will have our hands full with the new clubs forming and hopefully they will be for the social dancers. There are over 40 thousand potential good dancers on Oahu. We can help steer them into a little of the live music that we enjoy. I suppose we can keep quiet but why? Specially when we can enjoy more of the music which we call "oldies but goodies." How about "From Here To Eternity" in a Rumba-Bolero rhythm. Wow! The absolute berries!

"Social Dancers know that someday we will be just a memory for some people.
Let us do our best to make it a good one."


Thursday, June 15, 2017

We Try Social

Self Expression in Social Dancing:
Expression is a form of expressing anything you feel. It basically is the same with painting, playing a guitar or writing – all are ways of conveying one’s emotions. However, In our type of social dancing on Oahu, it’s usually done with a partner and with a musical accompaniment. One’s self-confidence is raised when performing in a social gathering of friends and it will certainly bring you many other benefits.


"Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash."


Phrasing:
The fitting of dance figures to the rhythm and/or the melody and sometimes even to the words of the music. Specially well done by Street and Club Dancers and common in the Tango in Argentina. It is somewhat different here on Oahu with so much structured dancing. Some people would rather dance to the rhythms of the music and just skip the lyrics. Nice, we are not required to be clones.
 
"Time After Time"by Placido Domingo


Learning how to read blogs is still in the running and blogs may differ quite a bit in their presentations. Our blogosphere is pretty much the same. Whatever blog you like, once you are in, you can access other blogs in the side bars very easily by just clicking. It will appear just like magic on your screen. Once inside the blog and having read whatever interests you, then you have other choices. Experiment, it can be fun.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett


I just bought an extra point and shoot camera. We are not fancy, deluxe photographers. I just need help to get photos into my blogs and I usually make a collage of six or nine photos.  I have been very pleasantly surprised that each photographer has different and unique views of the dance party. Much better results. It is still true, that a  photo of two is better than a photo of one. Three is better than two? Rarely do I get many photos with just one photographer, so now I can have two going and I really don't know if it will work until I try.

"Social Dancers think that dancing may be an Art,
go ahead, paint your dream and follow it."


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gonna Make It

This blog is improving along with the other blogs but still remains at the bottom of pile. No comments, no information contributors and of course, no Guest Bloggers. So at times our entire blogosphere feels like it is at the point of diminishing returns. Then other indicators point to further expansion discounting the scam, spam robot hits. Social-Recreational dancing is not Dancing With The Stars. I am positive that there are fans of live music on Oahu,

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing
can be changed until it is faced."


Bongos: Small joined drums of different pitch struck by the fingers of both hands and usually held between the knees. Used in Latin music to augment its distinctive sound. The poor in Latin cities can get a good sound from banging on a cardboard box. Most people on this island have been taught this as African but they have actually evolved from the distinctive playing of the separate small drums carried by the Indian civilizations of the Americas in festivals for thousands of years.

"Maria Elena" por Placido Domingo


Evidently this blog could advance faster if more of the fans of live music could get interested. This is a place to collect and share things with our dance world that we find interesting— whether it's our political commentary, a personal diary, or links to web sites we want to remember.  Some people use a blog just to organize their own thoughts, while others command influential, worldwide audiences of thousands. Professional and amateur journalists use blogs to publish breaking news, while personal journalese realize their inner thoughts.Whatever you have to say, blogging will help you say it. For now, this blog has a very short life span and we have a niche, Live Music.

Dance Blogger's Law number 28D:
"Dance students who are doing better are credited with working harder.
If students start to do poorly, the teacher will be blamed."

Friday, June 9, 2017

Northern Oahu

Would be nice if the people in Makaha could have easy commercial exchange with Mokuleia on the North Shore but the Honolulu Fat Cats will not permit it. In politics, we must be very very careful with "the Party of the Rich." Kaena Point would be a wonderland. A few tract homes, a shopping center with a Night Club and live music and a business park. Another possible paradise unhindered by Honolulu. No, they got to screw you up with a Rail Disaste and perfect Traffic Jams daily.

"Social Dancers don't just dance. They perform, they breathe, they watch
the world disappear. They release their feelings and lead with their hearts.
They tear down walls, stop feeling sad and lose the pain. They let go and
they smile. - No, they don't just dance, they do so much more."


A couple times they have had something about exhibition and teaching of African drumming. No one seems to know that the Chinese and the Japanese, three thousand years ago were way ahead in drumming compared to where the Africans are now. Who knows maybe we can help out with our blogging department when any group starts anew. We are here to help. Cholo's with Live Music and Salsa doing just fine and leading the way on the North Shore.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner


Looking back on the events of West Oahu, nothing much from Wahiawa or Aiea, so the hits on Platinum Horseshoe blog are not going up as before. Dot's In Wahiawa and live music doing good but no news to us. There are several approaches to dance communication on Oahu. The "cool" unengaged approaches of traditional journalism, including other media.  Ours is the engaged approach and we change with the mood of the reader/dancers according to feedback and try various methods. And when we get more feedback? Wow! You ain't seen nuttin' yet.

"North Shore Reggae Blues" by Willie K


But "ours" are growing daily. Who are "ours?" The definition is still in process so all we can do is guess for the present with our readers. Over seventy percent are the social, cultural, recreational dancers. The ordinary run of the mill dancers, the street dancers that are learning American Style Dance in studios and social dance clubs.They dance most anywhere just for fun and not for show. Dancing to DJ or live music, that is our solid readership.

Feedback by Email:
You should not publish anything about the sex problems of the dancers. It is information only for the three people involved.

Pub's Note: Oh!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Live Music on Oahu.

I have been expecting the hits on this blog to stay steady because of the competition but I am astounded that this blog on live music is averaging more than 20 hits per day. Most ordinary Web sites for dance groups on Oahu are in single digit average hits per day. Blogs do much the same if they are only for one small group. An ordinary blog that covers a few places may get under 20. My personal blog Dancing in the Dark is well over the 33 average hits per day which is 1000 hits per month. I have counters which are not that all accurate.

"Life is very short and what we have to do must be done now."


Meanwhile, the dancers on Oahu can look at their "social circles" and quickly realize that West Oahu has a very good connection to dancing people. And if you look at some of the definitions for social media, you get things like "content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies," "a category of sites that is based on user participation and user-generated content." - Gawd! - Extrava Danza blog "coulda been a contendah." Comments are a good beginning.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Blogs are still relatively new on Oahu and the fans are not sure of what they can do. Extrava Danza does not require you to log into an account and none of our blogs do. Any one can tune into any of our blogs whenever they wish but it is all gotta be your thing. You decide. Feedback provides you with the opportunity to contribute information and/or photos to be published in any of our blogs, any time you wish with no further commitments. And all for the benefits of your own personal kuleana. You will know who the readers are. Then, if and when a person formerly joins any of our blogs as a Guest Author then that person soon realizes that they are part of our social network.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

But they also know that they have no daily or weekly commitment. They write whenever they damn well please. And we will have "social media." And the more the merrier with many different opinions. No Blogger followers are needed and we need more women information contributors and we need more men dancers. So all we can do is try to even the sexes up a little. Our dancing blogs give us our own voice on the internet.

"Social Dancers know that you are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream."


Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Pause That Refreshes

By Stanley Yoshizaki, Pearl City.
Some of the best musicians on Oahu, I’m told, play fewer notes than you actually hear.  They play in such a way – and leave enough space – that your mind fills in more. A musician deals with the absence of sound as much as he deals with sounds. Artists know that negative space carries weight. It is not simply an absence of content. The "white space", as it’s sometimes referred to by graphic designers, IS content. And it’s not just the forgotten stepchild of a composition… it is a first-class citizen.

"Perhaps the most radical redefinition of music would be one
that defines 'music' without reference to sound."


This silent thing deserves as much (if not more) focus as the apparent subject of the work. Comedians say that "timing is everything." But by "timing", they almost always mean "the pause." The PAUSE is not merely a void between the Things That Matter. Many years ago on Oahu, there was space between all the music played at dances. Tune up and prepare themselves mentally for the next. It was a most welcome absence of music, a time to absorb the prior rendition, which of course, enhanced your appreciation of the music that followed.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


To this day, that pause is what refreshes in live music. You prepare yourself mentally to dance a rumba, which is somewhat different than the Swing that was played before. Disk Jockeys did the same thing in those days when using the one disk, one song. And they knew enough about taking that break. The customers could take the opportunity to kibbitz, enjoy the happy scenery about them and had the time to take another sip.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Anyone remember those days on Oahu? Different but Happy Times. I leave this space for the readers to reflect, process, and be conscious of the meaning of our music and our dancing.
Stan

"Social Dancers suspect that dancing is not an expression of the body,
but of the heart, mind and soul."


Monday, May 29, 2017

And time marches on

Live Music on Oahu is alive and well. We just do not find it easy to get the information to share with our reader\dancers. But that is alright, they may wish to get dance info only for their fans. We have to go with the rest of Oahu and maybe even the neighbor Islands. Not only that, but I have to go where it is the easiest. I try to avoid the ones that think blogs are too much trouble. Simple? Studios, what studios? There are dance studios on Oahu but not too many studios teaching our kind of dancing. And if they got their own Web Sites we can forget it.

"Often the only thing standing between a person and their dreams is the will
to do what is necessary and the faith to believe it is possible. "


Of course we will get an additional dance club in the Waipio-Waikele section which will probably have dancing lessons in the American Style of dancing which is the more social of the styles. And with over 600 documented moves in each dance, you will find that the styles danced in the West will differ slightly from the styles that will be danced in Honolulu. But no Hu HU, we will be friends.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra


We are not talking about exhibition or competition or any of the other kind of dances that are meant to be seen. Dancesport is the official name given to the sport of competitive Ballroom Dancing by the professional societies. We are talking about the Social dancer that dances for the pure love of moving to the music of their choice.

"Don't dance like nobody is watching. Dance like everybody
is watching. - And show them how it is done."
~An Exhibition Dancer

Friday, May 26, 2017

Get Update

The Live music scene on Oahu seems to be be improving every day. Nice for the new dancers joining in the fun in this manner. The entire blogospher is steady in average hits per day. When we start to get comments, the hits will begin the increase. We get a few flyers on the action but no real social media in the works. We must be patient.

"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed. Not knowing
when the dawn will come, every door must be opened."
 

Anything that can make writing the blog easier is a blessing, and many blog writers and blog information contributors often approach it by the seat of their pants. There’s nothing wrong with that. Our blogging is not old time journalism, it is mostly just information with possible feedback making it Social Media. Adding some structure to the writing process can make the work move along more smoothly though.

 "Hale'iwa Hula" by Amy Hanaialii


Not many know the reader/dancers of our community and the biggest group is the Social dancers group. These are the every day dancers and participants in our dance community and we are probably in that group ourselves. Do a little research, gather a few facts and information. This is usually fairly easy since we are exposed to it daily and it is all around us. And our aim is just to get it all to our reader/dancers hoping to get comments in print.

"Ain't No Lovin' Blues" by Willie K 


Finally organize the information, making it short and sweet. Then get it into three parts, Beginning, middle and ending. And voila, just a few touch ups and it is there! When you have contributed by E-mail and it is published in the blog of your choice, you have become a full fledged, Information Contributor. From there it is just a skip and a jump to being a Guest Author. What do you say? You are the one that makes the final decision.

"Social Dancers know that self-worth is vital to their happiness. If they don't feel good about themselves, it is hard to feel good about anything else."


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

We May Make It

By Joaquin Mendoza, Pupukea
Blog comments are what makes a blog interactive and social. Of course, our people on Oahu still have not properly defined Social Media and I myself hesitate. The most popular blogs on the mainland have a very interactive community who voice their opinions on posts frequently. Unfortunately, most of our readers have been accustomed to the "to whom it may concern" information of the past, strictly one way. We shall overcome.

"Social Dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion."


It's that social aspect that makes the blogs on Oahu such a powerful component of our social media. People like to feel involved but our people hesitate. Leaving blog comments allows readers to join in on the conversation about a topic that interests them. The Creative Researchers And Producers in town have been losing their influence for several years now, so it's looking much better for all of us.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Blog comments are a very important part of a blog. Comments are what separates a blog from a static website. As the conversation builds, so will the relationship with the readers and so will our blog's popularity. We can encourage the readers to join in the discussion and leave comments and respond promptly to the comments left by our readers to make them feel valued. Just as we don't like to be ignored when we address someone in person, we don't want to ignore our readers/dancers when they address us through a blog comment.

"Fly Me To The Moon"
by Jimmy Borges

Some of the readers are going to create commendable content by observing which posts they commented on and which they did not (or couldn’t no matter how hard they tried!) they develop an awareness of what works to attract comments.  Comments - ideas. They managed to comment and they will very easily expand into Information Contributors or perhaps if they so wish, to Guest Authors. I myself am too old to make this commitment but I may get in now and then.

"If  you are moving to your favorite music you are dancing. If you perform without the passion then it is simply an arrangement of steps."

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Blogging this blog.

The three bottom blogs are Extrava Danza (niche, Live Music), Ritmo Mestizo (niche, Latin music and dance) and Dancing Nights (niche, Night Club dance.) They are relative newcomers and having a tough time because I over diluted the readership with too many blogs. The readership has increased ever so slowly but in the last few years we have had a lot of increased interest in social dancing too, much of it in Night Clubs. So I expect readers gotta know their computers and tell us about Live Music?

Social Dancers know that no matter what life throws at them,
music softens the blow."


Feedback is almost unknown on the dance scene and that is the biggest problem for increasing the interest of the dancers. Comments at the end each blog could arouse some interest in a few of our good reader/dancers. It is just a small enough item, but it could lead to being an information contributor and enable anyone to email larger items and even photos to share with our fellow dancers. From there, it is only a skip and jump to being a Guest Author. That means a very good invitation in the blog for someone who is a fan of Live Music. It will take time for the readers to know this.

"Hukilau Song" by Don Ho


The same thing applies to all the other blogs and they are accumulating readers from their existing readers through word of mouth communication. I would want to see them develop, with information contributors and guest authors into independent and real blogs of the Pacific. I am sure now that the first one that goes independent will get over 200 average hits per day. Same as 6000 hits per month. Now that is communicating to our fellow dancers on the Island of Oahu.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


"Blogging is best learned by blogging…and by reading other bloggers.
You will find that the currency of blogging is authenticity and
 trust, so there must be feedback."

Underneath most blog posts is an area for the reader/dancers to leave a comment about each post. Blog comments are a critical part of a successful blog, and an area bloggers and readers should understand and focus on to create a great blog. All of our blogs on this island have been conspicuous by their lack of comments. We get more spam than actual comments.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What Kind Of Dancing?

I don't mean to be sensitive but yes, I am now getting to the point that if they don't look interested, I'm outta theah! I am not selling anything and I don't want to get in anyone's way.  I am not going to waste anymore of their time or mine. I have too many possibles, the hits keep going up, I am too old and I must be on my way. No Hu Hu.

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
Mahatma Gandhi.


We need more men dancers. On this entire island of Oahu for some reason line dancing has a big female advantage in number of dancers. So there is great opportunity for men to meet women in line dance classes. And men can be very good line dancers, specially to live music for they concentrate more on the music than a partner and the steps. When it was very western most men did not feel right unless they had a Cowboy hat on and Cowboy boots. Perhaps a gun slung around the waist. Now, just enjoy moving to the music.

"Living Without You" by Nohelani Cypriano


Of course, for many men, line dancing has been the forerunner for partner dancing in which men learn to lead. And in West Oahu, we seem to be getting an increase in percentage of men in social partner dancing too. We have the same two favorites as of town. Those dancers whose primary purpose to dance. And those who love the music and want to move to it, definitely less fancy. Of course, in this entire island if it happens to be in the company of women, terrific.

"Paniolo Country" by Melveen Leed


I have not seen it very often in Night Clubs but it has seemed like a very nice break in the nights festivities. They only thing bad in the "break" kind line dancing, it can get much too fancy for the ordinary social dancer. The disciplines have a very good reason to separate into three classes. Bronze, Silver and Gold. You can certain have a long and lasting good time in social dancing with just the Bronze and a little of the Silver, "If" you enjoy the music first.

"Social Dancers eventually realize that mistakes are
made for learning, not repeating."

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Adjustments

Since Blogger was launched in 1996, blogs have reshaped the web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others. Microblogs like Twitter force you to say it in 140 characters. And many of us are already expecting that the entire enchilada is just getting started.

"There is nothing better than seeing your favorite band
play one of your favorite songs."


I have found that comments, good or bad make interesting reading. And we do not get enough of that in these blogs. Most comments are short, but go over very nicely. And they may lead to becoming a Two Center. A person willing to contribute their two cents of information for the benefit of the reader/dancers. I just may get some good advice on improving the blog design a little better (specially colors) without screwing up my good blogs.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


How about more fans of live music as possible information contributors? They can contribute information and check it out here first. If it seems to be working, then they can choose whichever blog they would like and get in as Guest Author. An interesting experiment and my hobby continues. The opinions of our reader/dancers are still of prime importance to make this entire blogosphere into dancing Social Media. Nevah been seen before? I know it.

"Social Dancers never regret. If it was good, it was wonderful.
If it was bad, it was experience." 
 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Live on the Internet

I found this on the Internet. "I really don't want to share when I find places on Oahu that I fall instantly in love with! Chances are people will catch on to reading reviews and my quiet little sanctuary will be no more as people flood in constantly to see what the fuss is all about! Good for business, bad for me! I'm tempted to keep it all for myself but I learned how to share in elementary school."

"People learn from success, but there is also much to learn from failure."


The thing is that quiet little sanctuaries on Oahu is not what we are seeking . We are looking for a place that is jumping with a live band and fun people. And looking for people that are willing to share that environment with the rest of their fellow dancers in a blog. Feedback has many little items of interest to the readers. How about saying something nice about the band? That makes for repeat readers and that is the name of our game, Social Media, a conversation.

 "Stranger In Paradise" by Frankie Laine.


For our blogosphere, the year is not a big smash just a slow growing number of average hits per day in our total blogs. This includes search engines, Google, Facebook, Twitter, which is just fine with us. However it also includes scam, spam robot hits, most coming from Russia. Some kind of deal Trump made. Then most of our blogging is SOS (same old shit) and feedback is the answer. Dancers have been somewhat computer challenged in the past but they are sure catching up now. Many are no longer learning from me, I am learning from them.

"Social dancers know that positive results will come when they start
to replace their negative thoughts and habits with positive ones."

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Trump Construction Company

Haven't heard much about that new company lately and it could be that some convinced Trump that it was just too much. The new Trump Construction Company was going to have all Trump people as stockholders, Ryan, McConnell, five members of the Supreme Court and all the rest of the Kiss Assers. Plans on building a "Great Trump Wall" somewhere, with estimated profits of One Hundred Billion Dollars. And who was gonna pay for all this? Guess. We know the republicans pretty good now and it ain't gonna be by the rich.

"Social Dancers know they are not given a good life or a bad life.
They are given life - it is up to them to make it good or bad."

From an old Night Club playlist, 20 years ago on the Mainland.

A String of Pearls - Swing
Cocktails for Two - Cha Cha
Could I Have This Dance? - Waltz
Elmer's Tune - Fox Trot
Fascination - Waltz
Fever Fox - Trot
Fly Me to the Moon - Fox Trot
Fool on the Hill - Rumba
The Girl from Ipanema - Rumba
All Shook Up - Swing
All That Jazz - Fox Trot
Beautiful Day for Goodbye - Waltz
B├ęsame Mucho - Rumba
Blue Tango - Tango
Boy from New York City - Swing

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

Pub's Side Note: We certainly have some nice dancing people in Pearlridge. Real, nice people. And then there was this big fellow. About six - five and weighed at least 350 pounds. Couldn't navigate on the dance floor. Didn't care. Social dancers are very polite and they all kept out of his way.

 "Social dancers know full well that the good life is a process,
not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination."