Sunday, June 28, 2015

Let it roll

Now all I have to do is blog for a while. It will take a couple months to know which way this blogosphere is going. But it must go its own way. I can help but just a little. It will still be wide open to comments, and Two Centers. I don't have to repeat myself. Platinum Horseshoe is doing all right and with the right people, wow! The rest are up for grabs and anyone can do it.

"Every day we are gifted with a glorious sunrise and a glorious sunset,
life is happening, we are alive -  and yet we want more."

The dancers are pretty much Town Dancers. They belong to clubs in town and they dance in town. So the comments will be directed to these people. I see very few comments in all the dance blogs of this island. This will come about slowly when they find out what blogging is all about.


The Tango is developing quite well in town. There seems to be more groups and for some reason or another they do not quite accept the fact that it is Lain dance. Many do not know that there are ten different Tangos danced in Argentina and that ain't Europe.


In the rest of Latin America it is about the same for Argentine, International and American. The Finns developed the Finnish Tango which became so popular in Norway and Sweden that eventually went thru the Baltic countries over to Poland, Germany and Denmark. It is now known as the Nordic Tango.


In its heyday, China developed a Tango derived from the Argentine Tango and gradually was acquired by Korea and Japan into their own tangos. We have the Filipino Tango which is fusing very nicely with the American Tango on Oahu and may eventually evolve into a Hawaiian Tango


And there are several others developing on the mainland. The most famous for now is the Foxtantino which fusing the Fox Trot with the Tango. Personally I would have a "social tango" that we could dance easily with each other on the regular social dance floor. Call it what you want but make it all basic, very basic moves.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Finally Equals

Or pretty close to it and it was easy. At the same time I am finding out a lot of facts uncovered in my spreadsheet data. Seven Guest Authors that could blog once a week would send the hits up through the roof. I have just let all of them go (Guest Authors and Blogs) as they wanted to go, Yesterday was the first time that Blogging Hawaii passed Town Dancer is average hits per day. Now I can match them and blog each with the same amount of days omitted.

"The first step towards our success will be taken when we refuse to be a captive
of the environment in which we find ourselves in."

Platinum Horseshoe and Moanalua Corridor will be part of this top group because either one of them could be a good number one with a good steady Two Center and a good steady Guest Author. The rest will remain in the possibles and with the same criteria.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Comments are still needed at the end of each blog, but there the reader/dancers have not been accustomed to talking back. The Two Centers couldl be willing to email information and/or photos will determine which of the blogs will stay.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise." by Les Paul and Mary Ford


The reader/dancers are sure to respond with hits where there is information to be had. I have found that the biggest myth about modern blog tactics is that you need a huge list of followers to achieve your goals. I do not believe that to be true.

Most of what we need is information and photos to share with our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers. Every one is accustomed to advertising "before" the fact. Very nice and we consider that information. Whereas the most important part is the public relations "after the fact" in our dance groups and let everyone know what happened at the shindig, photos and information.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

In my experience, most dance web and blog sites are selling their club or organization as a social service. Although there is a small obstacle, it does not seem to be that many dancers are computer literate enough to surf the dance web and blog sites. However many seem to be learning very well. Once they become aware of the pot holes in the internet and learn to avoid them, then they can get a lot from just surfing the net and getting the best information on dancing and of where to enjoy your dancing. 
 
"They don't require proof, so if their minds are already made up,
do not confuse them with facts."

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bright Lights on Broadway

There were over 100 thousand albums published in the last decade. With an average of 10 songs each, that is over one million songs in the last decade. We can say safely that less than ten percent will be memorable, which is still over 100 thousand songs.

"When we look to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves."

No one that puts on their earphones when they get up in the morning and take them off in the evening to go to sleep can hear that many songs. And hearing music in that fashion just isn't "da reel teeng,". why? Think it over. Music is to be appreciated and too much is, well, too much.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Anyway we received a postcard from Doug Kesler with this nice poster of
the Extravadanza Of The Year in Just One More Month.


You will have time to dine and dance to good music, enjoy the terrific
entertainment but also time to digest the splendor of it all with
your friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The USB (thumb) Drives

Our reader/dancers are really picking up on our actions and how they will evolve for everyone. Latelty had been the introduction of our USB drives as a promotional item for this blog and actually all the other blogs too. I went to Makua Alii Dance last night and many of the people are still not sure what a USB drives is good for. What's wrong with that? We don't know everything but we can sure learn.


"Never forget the people who made you who you are today, good or bad."


In the old days, I would go to some office and need a couple pages of information. They could copy on their copy machines and I could take the copies. At home, I could then put them in my scanner and I could get the information into my computer and I could work it from there. Not necessary for me any longer and I have donated my scanner to my next door neighbor, the City Of Joy, a church organization.

":Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


Lately I had carried on my key chain a USB drive. Wherever I went and needed information, I could stick it into their computer and download the information direct to my USB drive. At home I could merely transfer it over into my computer for further work. Just beautiful. Since I cannot get around much anymore I do not carry the USB drive.

 "Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


I am currently getting my favorite song videos into my promotional USB drives and now I must find a way to give them away to those that have the good speakers or earphones for their computers. The first one will have two Latin bolero/rumbas from Mexico City so that you can see and hear what the upper crust listen to in Latin Music. They are free and anyone can have one, except that they have to find our how to get them. Like I said, FREE. And I don't fool around.

Then I am experimenting with the Memory card that is used in cameras. Same as a USB drive, can save digital data, and I have just received email from Calvin that he is able to see the video I sent him on a memory card. Good head start. I am working on it because, I cannot get around much anymore but I can use snail mail, and send several memory cards in one regular envelop to some people.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Closing - Opening

The way of business in the Islands - I heard that Boston Basil's on the Big Island closed.  They seemed to have a nice crowd, employees and customers. I have been accustomed to getting ordinary, run of the mill flyers from everyone. But Olga Salvatorre and the Kona people really seem to know what real hype is about. For me not only did the posters look nice and lend beautiful color to our blog and were very informative and easy to copy and post it just like that.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho

If they can read this I hope they can send us more posters. Our reader/dancers appreciated it. Of course, we are also going to have a good dancing night club opening in the Kapolei area one of these days. People will come from all over the Western part of this Island. The residents of the West will no longer have to buck that heavy traffic on the freeway to town. Live, work and play in our own kuleana is the motto of Second City and applies to the entire West because of the Rail Catastrophe, that will be a real humbug for everyone.

"We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves."


"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

Town Dancer blog hits are dropping and Blogging Hawaii is going up. It will probably be just one Guest Author that is able to blog two or three times per month to do it. Then this may be the blog to make it to independence from me. In effect the Bloggers will have a blog of their own within the blog and the bloggers will share the hits which are sure to increase. They can blog whenever and whatever they damn well please. And there is no registration, no annual or monthly meetings, or dues. With a couple of Two Centers to help with the information, they can keep the reader/dancers well informed.

 How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a weary world

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Music Research on USB

Most social dancers dance to the music and the music is first. For some the movements in the dance are what count and the music though not immaterial is not first. For me the music is first and most interesting. I cannot get around much anymore so I am hoping to get Calvin and Richie to help me distribute these USB drives and maybe they can help find the proper recipients.

"Good-byes are just the start to Hellos. In short, leave the past in the past and say hello to a new beginning."

When I was in Nicaragua, most of our music was local Indian music and almost forty years later I came across a beauty, "Y Volvere" on the Internet. I copied and got it to Calvin, who in turn informed me of some thing similar in Carlos Santana. Sounded interesting and I began my research.


There are five separate videos for the song "Y Volvere" (I will return.) all on a USB thumb drive.

The first one I found (black & white) was the original composed and sung by Alain Barriere in French. Born in 1935, he wrote "Importe Moi" in 1968 and the music was nice. He was happy go lucky and made a nice living just by singing, writing his songs and being appreciated by his growing audience. It was wine, women and song but he finally married at the age of 40 in 1975.


The second version is by Carlos Santana and he plays it in his usual style, when he was the rage. Terrific guitar naturally, a lot of the main tune but also around it, over it, under it and his own sounds. Long enough though almost ten minutes.

Then in the 70s, (Third versions, black & white) the song got to South America and specially to a bunch of Indians from Chile. They had taken the name of their band from the bible, the Black Angels, In Spanish, Los Angeles Negros. Big Mistake in the US where no one was interest in latin music from the blacks in L. A. Germain de la Fuente, wrote the words in Spanish, was the leader, arranger and lead singer of the band. He spiced up the music and it was a smash hit through out South America. They eventually went all the way up to the US.


I found another video (black & white) of another Chilean group "Los Bunkers" (Fourth Version) and they had their own thing which was also very good, except that they had to have their hair in the their face. And they went all the way up to Mexico with it. This video I got was in Managua somewhere, dates and places very difficult to get.

The fifth version two decades later in Mexico, a younger group picks up on this classic with Lucero and Mariachis. People tell her she looks more beautiful without the hat. I must be prejudiced, I think she looks just as beautiful with the hat on. Real Indian style and a big success in Mexico, really turns the song into a real classic that will remain for at least another hundred years.


I have all videos on a USB promotional thumb drive from Town Dancer. If you want it, you should have good speakers on your computer or good earphones. The music comes out the same everywhere but with cheap speakers you get cheap sounds. Sorry. Send name and address and you can have it, I will mail it to you.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Update

Town Dancer has been in front from the very beginning and no blog has been able to threaten their number one position until now. Blogging Hawaii is catching up with the help of the search engine hits and because Town Dancer has been slowing down. The Two Center is crucial for Blogging Hawaii. One good Two Center with regular dance information and a photo or two will put this up to Numbah One. And we can begin planning the independence.

"Our mission in life should not be merely to survive, but it could be to thrive;
and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
 

The social dance clubs in town are doing just fine and we believe there is dancing in Hawaii. There have been regular adjustments and the long standing top five are no longer the same. This happened in the last year and some people have a different top five than others. HBDA, IBDI, and Pan Pacific are still there. It is the other two that are questionable, none have counters so that doesn't help.


"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Salsa and Bachata are doing quite well in Night Clubs and even in some of the Dance Studios which is good for the Studios and the dancers. In Honolulu the dance studios are very slowly phasing into the Night Club business on weekends. Aloha Dancesport Center is leading the way.  It's a natural and the rest of the week can be very comfortable with dance lessons. And some people are now inquiring about Fred Astaire studios. The Dance Scene is Moving and we are dancing on Oahu.


 "Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

The outskirts of Honolulu are still slow, but the interest is increasing due to the horrible traffic situation in Honolulu. On Saturday night it can be bumper to bumper in Waikiki and it can take 20 minutes just to get out of the parking area. There will be places to have a ball closer to home and you can be home in 20 minutes.


"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

One of the Fat Cats from the Present Rail Party passed away and arrived at the Pearly Gates sweating and struggling with a large suitcase. Saint Peter says "Set it down and come on in." - "No way," barks the Fat Cat, "I have to bring it in with me."

Saint Peter is a nice guy and asks, "What could be in there that is so important?" The Fat Cat looks up, smiles and opens the suitcase to reveal 50 gold bricks. Peter's jaw drops, "You brought pavement?"