Wednesday, April 29, 2015

From Gareth Au

Hey all,
Hawaii's Hottest Oldies Band WASABI will be at the Hawaii Yacht Club this Friday May 1, 2015 from 8-11:30 PM, Public is welcome, no cover charge, parking is available on the dock for a $1 an hour. Parking generally becomes more available after the Hilton firework show. Hope to see you there!!!



This band is also acquiring a Latin group of fans.
This intro on such a very short notice.

Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it.
No matter how bad the situation may get.”

 
Several centuries back the new evolving civilizations in Meso America soon developed their basic movements in dance. The "even" step first, left, right, left and so on to the count. And they could go back and forth, sideways and even diagonally anyway they wish. Then quickly came the quick, quick, slow and the slow, quick, quick and it could also be danced in any direction.

"Por Una Cabeza" by Carlos Gardel

From there it was easy to go into the rock step and just as easy from there into the chasse. To this day, they are all basic movements in dance throughout the world. And most can be applied to all the Latin dances including the ones that come from nowhere. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Blog Needs

I am incapacitated and have to slow down and I need help to keep these blogs rolling. I cannot get around easily so the Two Center is the most important at the moment. Many prefer that because they have the minimum of commitment and just email the info and/or photos whenever and it will be posted to the blog of their choice and they are given credit for furnishing the very important information. Clear and Simple. The Two Centers contributing their two cents are valuable to the reader/dancers. If the info is there, the hits will go through the ceiling.

What happens on Tuesday, the 5th would be prime stuff for these blogs.

Meanwhile we are all sailing along just fine. Permit me one stanza from the Rubaiyat
by Omar Khayyam, written one thousand years ago.

Come fill the cup, and in the fire of Spring
Your Winter garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To flutter - And the Bird is on the Wing.


This blog looks more promising. Night clubbers out there willing
to share info and photos with their fellow dancers.

When they are ready, willing and able they can decide to get in as Guest Author. Once they accept the invitation, they can get in, write whatever they wish, include their favorite photos, publish, save and get out, all without saying boo to anyone. In effect they will have a blog of their own within the main blog. And they will understand "synergism," the added readers just from having more than one guest author. Unfortunately, 99% of the readers will be from Oahu and you will get very few from Canada, Peru, Australia, Iran, Russian or Europe.

Pub's Side Note: Just found out that my Great Grand Son, Jacob, now 16 years old, is being contacted by the Universities on the Mainland for an Athletic Scholarship. Nothing like a big shot in the family to reinforce your belief in heredity. Ha!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Notice

First Notice for all blogs, I will be disabled for a few days and cannot do much. After a week or so I will get back in but every thing will slow down. From there one of the blogs will be deleted in June. It will be one of these three, Kokohead Dancing, Sea Country or Chicharrones. All three are in solid double digits average per day but they also have too many scam, spam, robot hits.

“Let us not worry about our failures, let us worry about the chances
we missed when we did not even try.”


"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

If you wish to see a blog in progress, tune into Dancing Nights blog and you can see what a fine job Richie is doing.The hits are going through the roof. And he has good Two Centers.

    
Most of the dancing will be in the West to spite the High Priced Choo Choo train. Most know how the Present Rail Party operates. Look what they just did to the Freeway going to the West. Auwe!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Guest Authors

Wow, Richie is sure coming through like a champ in handling that Dancing Nights blog. Goodies and the hits are going through the roof. Many will consider what we post in these blogs to be "advertising." And it is in other media, but not ours. In our Social Media it is "communication," to our reader/dancers. If you look at it our way, it is self evident.

"Good teachers have been defined as those who makes themselves progressively unnecessary."


Of course, many forget that the other half of good Public Relations is to show some photos of the occasion and a few items of information. And be doubly careful with Line Dancers, you may have to get permission. Some think that you are getting all the advantage from their good looks, talent, fame and good fortune.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Everyone assumes they had a good time but there is noting to compare with the photos and the write ups of the occasion. There are already over one billion photo albums out there. Has anyone ever heard of the law of supply and demand? The fotos in our blogs are seen by our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow music and dance lovers. Someone in Finland miss one of ours? tough.


We need more Two Centers and from there at least one of them will become a Guest Author. Meanwhile I hope to begin my phasing out of my best blog by the end of the year. It will take awhile but I have to phase my time over to the other blogs that need me much more.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

It will be something to see a completely functioning independent blog beholden only to their reader/dancers and their bloggers. And more than that is to have another Guest Author waiting in the bull pen to get in. We will have it.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Thumb Drives

A thumb drive, also called a "flash drive" or "jump drive," is a portable solid-state data storage device. It is re-writeable and preserves information without a power supply. Thumb drives will fit into any USB port on a computer. They can also be "hot swapped," which means a user can plug the drive into a computer and will not have to restart it to access the thumb drive. The drives are quite small, about the size of a human thumb — hence, their name — and can safely be tossed into a pocket or purse without fear of damage.

 "Perfection may not be attainable but if we chase
perfection we may catch excellence."


Town Dancer has a promotional item, a one gigabyte thumb drive. It has four albums in it. Two Latin Valses and two Tango albums all digital music. And you will be able to see that you have plenty of room with one gigabyte. Cannot be played on a CD player or DVD player, only on a computer. The data is all the same, and can be copied from one computer to another very easily, but the interpretation can be quite different in the type of speakers you have.


Most computers come with ten dollar speakers so the quality is not there. I bought some 30 dollar speakers and wow, the difference was readily heard. I now have some 60 dollar speakers and they can beat any stereo around here.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

I have plenty of thumb drives available, just let me know and I will see what I can do. I live in Nanakuli so it is not right around the corner for those that live in town.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Los Tres Gallos Mexicanos.

Most of us Latin old timers love the classic songs of Mexico. There have been some great song writers and singers. The three vocalists who often stand out are Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante and Javier Solis. Also known as the "Three Roosters" and they had plenty chickens following them. They all admitted their weakness for all the beautiful ladies in Latin America. They all sang the rowdy Ranchera songs but they were all good at the "crying in your tequila" songs too.

"We can't change the direction of the wind, but we can
adjust our sails to reach our destination."

Sadly, these icons left the world too soon and tragically, but their interpretations of some of the most beautiful songs of Latin music will live on forever.

Jorge Negrete, was born in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1911. He graduated with the rank of lieutenant from El Colegio Militar, Mexico’s military academy. Sang in several other Latin countries before getting married with Linda Cristy and settling down in Mexico. Divorced, he lived with his co-star of many movies, Gloria Marin for eleven years.

His recording of "México Lindo y Querido" ("Beautiful and Beloved México"), is his country’s unofficial anthem and is the best known recording of the song. He last wife was the famous Maria Felix. With a trained, fascinating voice, he is still a top icon in Mexico, Spain and Latin America, more than 50 years after his death. He died young at 42 in 1953.

"Ay Jalisco, No Te Rajes by Jorge Negrete

Pedro Infante was born in Mazatlan in 1917. He was hailed as one of the greatest actors of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, he is still considered an idol of the Latin American people. He was killed on 15 April 1957 and the age of 40, in Mérida, Yucatán, in a plane crash during a flight en route to Mexico City.

His film career began in 1939 with him appearing in more than 60 films, and starting in 1943, he recorded about 350 songs. For his performance in the movie Tizoc, he was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival.
"Cien Anos" por Pedro Infante

Xavier Solis, was born in Mexico City in 1931 and was a popular Mexican singer of boleros and rancheras as well as a movie actor. He had to drop out of school before his teens to support his family, after the death of his aunt Angela.

Due to his aunt's death he only completed the first five years of primary school in Tacubaya in Mexico City, where he used to participate in singing contests. Later he worked as a baker, a butcher, a carpenters helper and a car washer. In his spare time, he trained as an amateur boxer, with aspirations of going professional, but after suffering a few defeats, he was urged to work at something "more decent." and he became one of the greatest in singing and acting and died at 34 in 1966.

"Entrega Total" by Xavier Solis


Put Latin music together with only four basic step movements, the even rhythm and the Slow, Quick, Quick and watch them. Then the Rock Step and the Chasse, and you can have a ball enjoying the music of your choice.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

Here we are in April and I am slowing down because of dry eyes. I sure need some help with these blogs. And it will make a difference in the hits, they are becoming static now. Gareth Au is getting to be a good Two Center for Dancing Nights blog and with time he may wish to be a Guest Author. That will put the blog in the top tier because we have some good Dancing on Oahu.

"If you are feeling good, don't worry about it, you'll get over it."


I have pretty well cleaned up the blogs from the scam, spam, robots. Though a little remains along with some spam comments. The top tier will now have their stats published in the blog automatically and we can hope for the best. There are question marks of course, all of us are still learning this business


"With Plenty Of Money And You" by Tony Bennett

And the links are very important, we are getting good linkage from Dance Fever Oahu and Frank's blogs. And of course we have links with our other blogs. A little help from Twitter, Google +, Pinterest and Facebook is showing results. The real solution of course is in making it social media, comments, and at least three Two Centers in each blog for current news in our Dancing on Oahu world.


Everyone is  learning that our blogs are not an "instead of," something we have been accustomed to. We, the Two Centers and the Guest Authors, coming from and into the dance scene, are an "addition to." The different Points Of View, will be very crucial.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The New Dance Club in Kalihi? Or how about the New Dance Club in Liliha? We have open arms to the entire dance environment. There will be those that don't need us. Understandable and we will respect.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Latin Music and Blacks

By Francisco Cerecerez, Kokohead:
The mythology of the African influence on Latin music and dance.

The big civilizations in Mexico and Peru had professional musicians, singers and dancers who had developed more that 2500 different dances and the appropriate music to go with the dances. They were far ahead of most of the world in music and dance. Would you believe they had the rock step coupled with a chasse. (You gotta Cha Cha Cha)

"Sometimes we learn more by looking for the answer to a question and
not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself."

They played dozens of varieties of instruments many of which were forgotten four or five generations later. They were systematically destroyed by the illegal aliens.

The Europeans knew something of music and dance, of course, and certainly did not think much of what the Indians were doing, so that very little got to them. Though there was some influence from the Spanish on the Indian music and dance.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno
 
The African slaves, (contrary to popular opinion) were not picked for their musical or dancing abilities. Slave owners did not want older slaves set in their ways, so they picked young people 12 or 13 with little culture so that could be trained into the "good life" as a slave. Their slave culture may have been very limited. Many could not even speak to each other.  Hundreds of types of pidgin Spanish were developed. And they were deliberately separated from people in their own towns, so it was easy to pick up on the ways of the new world better including the language.


The music and dance that was learned was from what they saw in their teens. In Jamaica, an American dance scholar followed one of the popular dances by the natives and found it almost identical to what the high class English were dancing two hundred years back. This dance had been seen by the few slaves that were in the servant category and could witness such dances and carried it back to Negro quarters. Same thing happened throughout Latin America. And the Negros have done very well with it.

 Pub's Side Note: "We are not perfect. We have never been perfect and
we shall never be perfect. Can we live with that?"

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Point of Diminishing Returns.

I have gotten there now. By getting into nine blogs I have over diluted the readership and reached the limits for one unknown person. I am still getting help from Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Facebook. So the net result is up but very slowly.

 "Don't let yesterday use too much of today."


The big secret that will prove itself in the coming months is in the Two Centers. There isn't much in requirements there, just be willing to share dance information and a photo or two of the gang now and then by email. Then the reader/dancers, (our kind of people) will be tuning in. That is where the hits will be coming from. They are a big part of the blog "raison d'etre."

"In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry

Some do not wish to share any information with the other reader/dancers or have their own personal preferences and that is their prerogative. That are all coming to light now that I have had the blogs for a time. And now I must find a way to get one of the blogs completely independent. More commentators, information contributors and guest authors. And that really means independent from me.


I need at least two more Guest Authors for Town Dancer. TD is ichiban now and I would expect them to remain that way. They will make their own rules and probably run it into the most hits ever seen for a dance blog. They could evolve the blog into the beacon in the Pacific for the rest of us. And it is all theirs but only if they want it.

Pub's Side Note: I can come to some pretty good conclusions just by asking. I asked this guy, who has been around a long time (a member of the Creative Researchers And Producers) about the loss of dancers on Oahu in the last 20 years. I told him that I wasn't sure if it was ignorance or apathy.
He replied, "I don't know and I don't care."

Hey how much clearer can you get than that?