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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."