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?"

Friday, May 22, 2015

They Dance in the Philippines?

In the Philippine Ballroom Dance Boom, Women Lead
By Seth Mydans, from an old Internet article.

What was former Senator Rene Saguisag doing on the dance floor at the Inter-Continental Hotel, twirling a woman who is not his wife through the rapid paces of a tango?

"Every beginning is a consequence - every beginning ends some thing."

''It's exquisite!'' exclaimed the former Senator, once the chief spokesman for Corazon C. Aquino in her improbable rise to the presidency. ''It's good, clean fun and we have lost a lot of weight.''

His wife, Dulce, like him in her 50's, was not far away, gliding across the floor with a man half her age -- another addict of a craze for ballroom dancing that is sweeping through Asia. ''My wife loves me a million more times when I take her out dancing,'' Mr. Saguisag said. ''But we rarely dance with each other; we both have excellent dance instructors. My wife was born to dance. Wow!''

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

No one seems sure just how the current ballroom dancing fad got started, but in this century it has adapted itself around the region, taking on the colorations of different national cultures and including everything from the tango to the swing, though they seem to go more for the Latin dances.

"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage
to change the ones that I can, and the wisdom to know it's me."


With the interchange of dancers in the years to come there will be of a mixing in the types of dances preferred for Social Dances in the Pacific. And everyone seems to be going toward the Latin Dances. Paso Doble? fougetaboudit! That's strictly showbiz.

Monday, May 18, 2015

This Blog Remains.

Whatever is holding this blog from getting Two Centers and Guest Authors, we must accept and respect their status. Their average hits per day are going down, slowly but steadily. So it is imperative that we work on the next tier and see how we can get a couple of Two Centers for them. Dancing on Oahu is still growing.

"Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself."


Generally a successful blog for us is all about driving traffic to our blog site, and giving our readers easy to access content they can interact with at the click of a button. In our case the definite need is for the differences of opinion and viewpoint from each Two Center and even more so by that of the Guest Authors.

"Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack


Our best blog site builders will include all the inbuilt content management tools and great sharing options for social media. We can add or deduct functionality so that our readers can comment on what really speaks to them. Each blog will gradually mold itself to what the particular Two Centers, Guest Authors and readers want and it will be social dancing in Hawaii.

 "Band Of Gold" by Freda Payne


Everyone will become a judge, the hits will tell the tale and each blog will end up unique. We are still at the beginning. The Two Centers have emerged as the most crucial part of the equation for now, simply because I cannot get around, physically, as easily as I could before. And one of the blogs should become independent before the end of the year.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lost A Micro

I lost Facebook or better yet they lost us. Since it happened the hits are still rising so Micros are not that much help. Keeping the blog at the bottom of the totem pole is preferable to promote the other blogs. So the blogs all remain and Moanalua Corridor is back in place. Mainly because that section will be bearing most the damage that the Rail Disaster will do. The noise will be unbearable, steel wheels on steel rails. Auwe!

"The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a person's innermost parts"



"Hot Rod Lincoln" by Johnny Bond

Meanwhile some people in the present center of Oahu entertainment are thinking about locations outside of downtown and Waikiki since the traffic is so bad and it is due to get much worse. Many night clubs really care about making it easier and more comfortable for their clients to attend their functions. And heavy traffic is definitely not it. Liliha and Kalihi are both looking better for those thinking West. Just keep away from the Rail Catastrophe.


And sorry to say folks but Town Dancer has done it again. First it was scam spam robots goofing up the stats and we were able to tone it down. Now we have some body sneaking advertising into the blog. Very annoying and difficult to do your work. Hard enough as it is without that crap. So we must take a vacation of a week or so and see if they can do something. If it is too contaminated we may have to just delete this blog and hopefully make another.

Blogger sneak advertising is bad, almost as bad as Adobe Flash. So we have to start listing the shitlist of the Internet. That is no way to do business. And we just had a couple of recommendations about Word Press. I may have to look into it. We have been with Blogger for a long time, I hate to leave them but they are forcing us with that crap.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Things Looking Better

Just got the good news from the VA, my application for housing in Wahiawa has been made, - nine to ten months waiting list. The good thing is I can get the #52 bus and get to the Kalihi Transit Center in 20 minutes, and the Tripler bus is 15 minutes from there. Not an all day deal like from where I live in Nanakuli and that is due to get worse when the "Rapid Transit" gets in. Terrible.

"We may have too many flaws to be perfect but we may have too many blessings to be ungrateful."

All my VHS tapes gone, all my DVDs gone and I have a dozen CDs left. I also know many dancers in the Wahiawa area, so perhaps I may persuade some to be Two Centers or Guest Authors in any of our blogs. I may have enough time just to get more readers. And with more readers you get more contributors of information too. The entire thing just grows. However now advertising in invading these blog with whose permission? Not mine, I thought this was my blog.

"Music, Music, Music" by Theresa Brewer

I’ve been thinking a lot to the purpose of music lately. I started reflecting on what music means to me and the difference in what it means to other people. This role changes in different moments in life, but it’s a good reminder as to how people relate to music. There are many that were taught to "listen" to music without moving to it.

What does music mean to you? Most responses are very mature with very observant answers. I think music can be so hard to describe and define, but it’s easy to describe how it affects us. It really shows the importance music plays in our lives. For some people music is the most important thing in their life. For others it’s one of the ways they express their emotions.

Some of these responses are not really good. Making music your world isn’t necessarily a good thing. I’m not questioning the moral values one places on music, but on the importance music plays on society and the individual. Perhaps we could teach how important music is to our culture. It makes it exciting to be blogging, while at the same time gives us a responsibility to show the benefits of music in our lives.

"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place."

Friday, May 1, 2015

Specialty Dances

We all are aware of our terrific exhibition dancers, and we all appreciate their efforts at every occasion. Of course we are not all aware of our good competition dancers and we are due to have more Competition dancing in Hawaii. They had the first one on the Big Island a few months ago. But there are others for the classier dancers.

"Perhaps we should never wish that life would be easier and merely wish that we were better."


Theatrical Dancing is an adjective, of or relating to the theater behaving or done in a way that is meant to attract attention and that is often not genuine or sincere. It's show business but there is also Theatrical Competition Dancing. And some of their theatrical gestures are marked by extravagant displays or exhibitionism and may occur on our dance floors and accepted with pleasure by the audiences.


Some of our presentations border on this, which is very nice, just to be a little different than what we see every day. Though some of our "folk" dances have a different attraction because they have our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers performing. In a Theater it may be the presentation of plays in a theatrical costume  marked by pretense or artificiality of emotion. I have not found a real difference with Caberet Dancing yet.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

I live in special housing for Seniors, 30% of income for Rent, not bad. However, just got the bad news from the Apt. Manager, if something happens to me they lock down the apartment and no one can touch it. All my belongings may be lost and require many legal aspects. So I am working on getting rid of most of them as soon as possible and see what I can do with the ones I use on a daily basis.I have a bunch of new printer cartridges for a 2040 printer, (can fit others.) For free just come pick it up or have a friend pick it up.