Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New Look at Live Music

Live music on Oahu has a lot of fans but they have not had much Public Relations on these islands. Advertising has always been there but that is not our Blogging and not many, even today, know what you can do with Blogging. There are three different levels or divisions to Blogging but unfortunately you need a computer. And I hope all of you know about "Social Media"

"Live Music may wash away from the soul, the dust from everyday life."

Then on a blog such as this you can start by merely use the comments section at the end of every blog. Easier to get on than email. Easy to open, write, name and close. Easy. That is very important for our entire Oahu dance community. You have a unique and honest opinion and there is no one in the world that has it exactly the same. We will worry about the neighbor islands later and meanwhile we can let the rest of the world can go by.

Then most of our dancers may use their internet to communicate with their friends and do a little internet surfing but not much else. Some are able to get into the Micro blogs like Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Facebook and they will be surfing for information. When you get to Blogger and our blogs there will be a big big difference in your incoming dance information because of the feedback we will get. You are permitted to talk back.

This blog has been set up for Live Music but few have taken advantage of the situation. Why? They just don't know. Let us respect their preferences and when they are ready they shall come. Many think that you can get results by big money, but look at it more closely and you just may see the difference. And the fact is that blogging is Social Media - Big Big Difference.

From my Sister Eleanor in California and her daughter Val.
Beautiful Bible Quotes.

Isaiah 11:9
“They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall
be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stumbling Along

Many good dancers do not go to classes. The just party, party, party and mostly to live music in Waikiki. There is some action in the classy hotels on the Waianae Coast but not for us common folk. They will wait on you Hand and Foot, but charge you an Arm and a Leg. Later for them - much later.

"Keep the smile, Leave the tear, Think of joy, Forget the fear, Hold the laugh,
Leave the pain, Be joyous, Cuz it’s time to dance! Happy Holidays!

For sure Waikiki is getting seedier in spots by the day. The traffic is bad and is going to get worse as the Rail Disaster sets in. Parking fees will increase and it is already getting more cheap carnival kine handling. The Hotel String of dancing clubs that was going up to the Airport has been shot to hell by the Rail Disaster. There has been an increase in bankruptcies in Rail Crisis corridor and advertising has almost disappeared for many. Now the locals are leading in the action towards the Kapolei and the Waianae Coast. And what about the North Shore? They are starting to look better.

"My Sweet Sweetie" by Willie K

When it comes to live music, Waikiki is still the top spot in Hawaii. And there may be a new type dance club evolving. Different than the ordinary dance clubs in town that must adhere to a regimen set down by American and International styling associations. The revolution has not been long in coming since they started to lose so many dancers in the prior century. The new may be the "Hawaiian Social style of dance" based on the American but modernizing it to the dances actually being danced socially.

"Waiting In Vain" by Amy Hanaialii

That certainly means excluding Bolero, and including Bachata, Mambo, Merengue and Salsa. It is coming back strongly now as "Social Dancing" in the mix of the club dancer with the ordinary ballroom dancer. Some standard basic movements that have been there for centuries are beginning to be accepted because they are easy and do not require hours of practice or teaching by ultra professionals. We could give them all the help we can give, and hope for the best for the dancers. That is, the ones that do the dancing for fun, not for the others.

Two Quotes:
"Just because you can't dance does mean you shouldn't dance."
"Trust me, you can dance."

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Self Driving Vehicles

The Robots are coming and there is no stopping them. As much as the Present Rail Party is going to try to stop them. There are Big Big Bucks in the Gravy Train. And they are making it right now. And everyone accepts the higher cost of living even on the neighbor islands. They are going to help pay for the Rail Disaster too. They just don't know it yet. Latest estimates now going to 15 Billion dollars.

"Honesty is an expensive gift. Don't expect it from cheap people."

Meanwhile, the mainland is already installing the new self driving vehicles. The first being the personal vehicle for one or two people. Parked in your garage and you get in, insert the key, wait for speaker to say, "Ready Chief." You just say, "Office Robbie" and the garage doors open, the vehicle gets to the street, sees no cars coming and it is on its way to the Freeway.

At the office, Robbie will drop you off where you wish and find parking on its own. When pau work, you call and Robbie will pick you up, take you home or maybe you wish to stop somewhere. You had a hard day and a little booze would do you some good. You meet good friends, relax and enjoy. When you are ready, you call and Robbie will take you home and no one can get you for drunk driving. You weren't driving, you were just a passenger.

"Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for

improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better
opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable."

Friday, March 17, 2017

Live On Oahu

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of night clubs on Oahu. If you like to spend the evening listening and dancing to Live Music, you can enjoy it all here on this island. We have bands and vocalists showing off their skills every night somewhere and you'll find that Oahu does things right. Multiple options let you tap into many venues which are increasing in the outskirts due to the terrible traffic situation which to due to get worse in town with the Rail Disaster.

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements
will never do any harm to the world.”

You can get a taste of the island's offerings by visiting places that are known for their Rock music, many catering to the younger crowd. There also places that play a social ballroom type of music attracting the more experienced dancers. Then there is the Salsa-Bachata dance scene. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Waikiki area, we should know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Oahu. And the sounds of this island are as eclectic as the restaurants and the neighborhoods.

"Adoro" by Armando Manzanero

The entire island is legendary for its Chinese food and the terrific Mexican, Japanese and Filipino food. But the musical offerings are just as delicious. Whether you're in the mood for rock, pop, reggae, classical or country, Oahu is a place big enough to attract world-renowned acts but small enough to still have backroom bars where locals can croon to their hearts delight. Whatever type of music gets you in the groove, we promise Oahu will have most of it. Mariachis? We are hoping too.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Robot Cars are coming. And the Present Rail Party is among the main obstacles to widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles on Oahu. In addition are the disputes concerning liability and the time period needed to turn an existing stock of vehicles from non-autonomous to autonomous.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey

There will be consumer concern about the safety of driverless cars; implementation of legal framework and establishment of government regulations for self-driving cars. There are also the concerns about the resulting loss of driving-related jobs in the road transport industry.

"The library was seen in the last century as a force for self
improvement and the pursuit of knowledge. Perhaps,
in many cases this is no longer true, if it ever was."

Monday, March 13, 2017

Live - Recorded

Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. In our dance world on Oahu, the major categories are live dance music and recorded dance music. Live music on Oahu includes the big presentations at the Blaisdell for listeners. And from moderate 7 to 9 person bands for listening and dancing, to the single one person musician to just enjoy listening. Social Dance fans of live music and artists are just beginning to recognize the value of the "Oldies But Goodies," on this Island for both the listeners and the dancers.

"Most social dancers never set out to create a technique. They start out on
the floor to find themselves, to find what the body can do, and what would
give them satisfaction - emotionally, dramatically and bodily."

The term "dance music" is often used for more commercial forms of electronic music. It is also associated as any form of music that is danced to, spanning genres of pop, hip-hop, house, techno, disco, electro and so on. Recorded dance music on Oahu is almost all in night clubs by Disc Jockeys. The Social dance clubs also have some very good DJs available.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

We do recognize that recorded music is the most "listened to" on this Island. And it is on record that office workers do better when listening to music than without. And the type of music has a difference in the working results. This also depends on the type of office work being done. Wow! This is getting too complicated for me. I just like to dance to a live band.

"Social dancing on Oahu is not just the variety of the individual
social dance styles. It's the good music, the good dance,
the good people and the entire enchilada."

Friday, March 10, 2017

Practice - Rehearsal

Our Musician Artists know when they go into the recording studio, they don’t just lay down basic tracks, add a few sweeteners, and a scratch track vocally, then turn to the producer and say, “Sounds great. Let’s get it to the manufacturer!” The artist on Oahu who has any sense at all knows there’s more to be done with the recording. You need a final mix. In fact, the mix can even make or break the song.

"Sometimes we need to step outside, get some air and remind
ourselves of who we are and what we want to be."

And many artists don’t realize there is more to getting a live show ready than just “practicing” the music. Rehearsal involves the musical, the visual, the verbal, the rearranging of songs that were written for our local dance crowd so they work and play better. So Rome was not built in a Day, but we are getting the best in the Pacific right here on Oahu.

"Aloha No Kalakaua" by Amy Hanaialii

Fortunately, the oldies but goodies in live music are being recognized throughout the Islands and we have gone through a good definition in this blog. However there is another group also well known, the Classics. Just a little different from the Oldies. They are the ones that stand the test of time. La Paloma, 1850s and La Golondrina, 1860s, originally in Spanish, will remain throughout the world as Classics.

"Old Devil Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Not many know what a blog is. That's alright, everyone is learning. It is a truncation of the word "weblog" and is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web. They consist of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries ("posts"). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. The biggest distinction from a Web site is the currency of the data. A Blog Site often has what happened yesterday and what is going to happen tomorrow.

"We dance because there no greater feeling in the world than moving
to our favorite music and letting the rest of the world go by." 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Dancing Live Music

We are getting some good dancers in the live music scene. Not fancy dancers, just good run of the mill dancers that enjoy moving to their favorite live music. And in the company of friends. As professionals, the first Indian civilizations of a couple millenniums ago made many movements which were unnatural, for the sake of the exhibition. And it still occurs today. But early on they established a difference in dancing for the pure enjoyment of moving to the music of the occasion or doing it as a performance for an audience.

"Dancers were born with need for music already inside of them
and it becomes a necessity like food and water."

On Oahu we are gradually learning that dancing for fun is a far more natural way of movement than the prescribed methods by professionals. The professionals are not wrong, they simply have a different agenda and we should all understand that for it can be beautiful. All of us are learning not to look down on anyone not dancing our way.

"Waterfall" by Willie K

The natural rebellion against structured dance occurs with the young and they are constantly acquiring "new" movements, "new" dances and "new" music and most of these fads all come and go. We should accept it with understanding and even join in if looks like fun. It will soon pass. The Waltz music will remain, the Rumba-Bolero music will remain, well into the next century,

"At Last" by Amy Hanaialii

In 2001, President Clinton handed George Bush a projected 10-year budget surplus over $5 trillion. Bush and Cheney turned Clinton's surplus into a $5 trillion deficit through outrageous tax cuts for the rich, and we voted for these stupid crackpots again. Yeah, I know, it's the bread, Fred, it's the dough, Moe. They are making millions and millions of dollars. Easy Money.

"Dancers can enjoy a glass of wine, for its health benefits. The other
glasses are for the witty comebacks and the flawless dance moves."

Friday, March 3, 2017

Live On Oahu

By Franklin Nguyen, Ewa Beach

Few of our musicians make the mistakes that are made in the Mainland. And the biggest is  “Winging it” which is mistaken for spontaneity. “Dude, I’ve got to be spontaneous – I can’t rehearse my show!” Sometimes our reply could be “Awesome – but if you really want to be spontaneous, make up the song right in front of the audience… that would be real awesome!” They would probably look at us like we are crazy or have 2 heads.

"For Social Dancers there will be many times when the lyrics to the music
you are dancing to were written just for you."

Because of course they practice the music, dynamics, tempo, tones, melodies, and harmonies. They know those need to be right. And, if they’re a group, they work on making the music really tight. But instead of learning the right way to be spontaneous onstage, they mistake “winging it” for spontaneity! They jump around onstage and try different things, hoping something will work. And here’s the irony – when they do something verbally, visually, or musically in front of the crowd one night that gets a great response, they do that same thing the next night, too.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

So where did the spontaneity go? They do the same thing they did the first night because it worked! That’s because spontaneity and winging it are 2 different things. In fact, if they rehearse right, they will leave room for spontaneity in their show. For dancers on Oahu, if they play that terrific oldie like they did last week, they are willing to buy somebody a drink for helping the dancers enjoy and move to that same music.

"Dancers love music with a passion. It is a way of living
and music is essential to their lives."