Monday, August 31, 2015

Salsa No KIa Oi

The best first timer yet, not perfect, but what the hell it is a good begriming. Now I know that I can spend an hour and a half to two hours and get enough pictures. I will have enough energy to walk from the bus stop to the dance and then back to the bus stop and get my exercise in.

"Every truth has two sides; it would be nice if we looked at both,
 before we commit ourselves to either."

So for next time, I should go about nine and stay till eleven to get the band action. And I sure got some good picture takers too. We got a good comment that unfortunately was from "Anonymous" but it went through. Too bad I cannot fix the contrast to make it more readable. Ir was nice.

"Our Latin Thing" by Fania All Stars

You can use a pen name if you do not want to use your name. You are Fred and you want to use Frank, Ok.Meanwhile, those that are not ashamed can become Two Centers and give me their thoughts to print in the blog. Couple sentences will do fine. They would be interesting for all and make the blog more social media. This all will take time.

"Vale La Pena" por Marc Anthony

I expect this blog to cover the Latin music and dance scene of our vast entertainment environment. But as per usual, the Two Centers and the Guest Authors will be free to write whatever they damn well please. Their unique viewpoints will be the meat and potatoes of these blogs and of the dancing on Oahu.


And every part of it contributes to the well being of the participants. And it will overflow into the neighbor islands and perhaps to other parts of the Pacific. And we will take pride in the fact that we are Social Dancers in the Hawaiian Islands

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Man and Tango

Man, by Alexander Pope,
about three hundred years ago.

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan
The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A Being darkly wise, and rudely great:

With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,
He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God, or Beast;

In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reasoning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little, or too much;

Chaos of Thought and Passion, all confus'd;
Still by himself, abus'd or disabus'd;
Created half to rise and half to fall;

Great Lord of all things, yet a prey to all,
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd;
The glory, jest and riddle of the world.
___________________________________

Tango, by Astor Piazzolla
Then there is Nadia Boulanger,  conductor, organist, and one of the most influential teachers of musical composition of the 20th century.Piazzolla went to France, with wife and two children to learn more. Was able to get a job at a Night Club that had Tango music.

"Adios Nonino." por Astor Piazzolla

"When I met her,” wrote Piazzolla in his memoir “I showed her my kilos of symphonies and sonatas. She started to read them and suddenly came out with a horrible sentence: ‘It’s very well written.’ And stopped, with a big period, round like a soccer ball. After a long while, she said: “Here you are like Stravinsky, like Bartók, like Ravel, but you know what happens? I can’t find Piazzolla in this.” And she began to investigate my private life: what I did, what I did and did not play, if I was single, married, or living with someone, she was like an FBI agent!

":Libertango" por Astor Piazzolla

And I was very ashamed to tell her that I was a tango musician. Finally I said, “I play in a night club.” I didn’t want to say cabaret. And she answered, “Night club, mais oui, but that is a cabaret, isn’t it?” “Yes,” I answered, and thought, “I’ll hit this woman in the head with a radio….” It wasn’t easy to lie to her. She kept asking: “You say that you are not a pianist. What instrument do you play, then?” And I didn’t want to tell her that I was a bandoneón player, because I thought, “Then she will throw me from the fourth floor.”

"Milonga" por Astor Piazzolla

Finally, I confessed and she asked me to play some bars of a tango of my own. She suddenly opened her eyes, took my hand and told me: “You idiot, that’s Piazzolla!” And I took all the music I composed, ten years of my life, and sent it to hell in two seconds.”

Friday, August 28, 2015

From: Panos Prevdou PHD


Rail makes Honolulu less resilient:It is practically certain that a major storm will hit Oahu in the next 50 years. Ten miles of reversible lanes not only will reduce congestion by over 30% for one third the cost of rail, but also they will be a critical backbone for post-storm recovery. Instead rail will be incapacitated for a prolonged period and critical resources will be wasted to revive it.

"As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand."

We cannot afford it. Hawaii is among the five worse states in the country in pension and health benefit funding liability. Future budgets will be very tight for the state. Outer islands should worry about their loss of big subsidies they receive from Oahu (i.e., they too will pay for it.)


The beautiful Articulated Buses. Can you imagine what these buses could have
done instead of #40 cattle cars. We would have had it made in the shade.
But the Fat Cats in Honolulu, would not be getting those millions and
millions of dollars from the US government. Souki and Caldwell?

The City already has big problems finding a few million dollars for important services. Its budgets will be crushed by the union raises, the EPA sewer consent decree and the pension liabilities. Then add the rail construction cost-overruns and bankruptcy may not be far off.

 We have to do something soon and the Rail Catastrophe is a long, long way
from the solution. Just big big bucks for some people and the latest to
 get on is Hanabusa. It's the bread Fred. It's the dough, Flo.

Out of more than 650,000 adults on Oahu only 156,000 voted YES to rail in the 2008 elections. That yielded a marginal 50.6% approval among those who bothered to vote. During elections the ratio of pro-rail lies to anti-rail information in advertising media was more than 10 to 1. Taxpayer monies were used to support rail and, indirectly, rail-supporting politicians. Calling this a "mandate" is disingenuous and the process was indeed unethical. Last but not least, the aesthetics of the system are undesirable for the small, tropical capital of Honolulu. Here is just one before/after picture offered in city's renderings.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Latin in West Oahu

By Francisco De La Torre, Waikele

As an old and decrepit Latino that I am I can still enjoy a good Cha Cha Cha. I am also very happy to see the new interest in dancing in Waianae, Kapolei and Waipio. We are going to see some changes in our Dancing in the West. Forty some years ago when ballroom dancing began to lose some fans, the English style of dancing gave the studios a badly needed lift. Ten new styles of dances and a vast network of prestigious competition possibilities.

"Truth, even if it is crushed to earth, shall always rise again."

At first the American Style was not abandoned or discredited in any way. Most studios insisted on a firm grounding in the American Style before considering going into the International (competition and exhibition) Style. And in doing so they inadvertently placed the International style at a higher plane than the American style.

The early televised competitions featured both styles including some Pro-Am finalists. From the late ‘80s, most studios and social dance clubs had a place for both styles and used them hand in hand to everyone's great benefit.

"Contigo A La Distancia" by Ana Gabriael:

Then in the early nineties, just in time for the famous Palladium in Honolulu. the instruction changed. It was no longer "according to International Style." It became the "correct" way. very clearly indicating that any other way was incorrect. The aficionados elevated themselves to a much higher plane than the ordinary social dancer. The term ":junk dancer" evolved along with other derogatory terms, Fortunately, we do not hear much of that lately. And the social dancers along with the Night Clubbers are coming to their proper respect.


Amid all the competition hype, there is the sound of distant congas drumming louder and louder, the comparsas, the conjuntos, the "Valse" and spirit of the Hispanic people rising up and getting ready to reclaim their beloved national dances. Fortunately most of it will be coming from Mexico and less from the Caribbean. Before the traditional roaring twenties start there will be some big changes in our dancing on the Island of Oahu in spite of the Present Rail Party.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Moving Nicely

This blog is moving slowly but surely up the ladder. There are many reasons and very good ones. The facility to get the dance news in the blog is getting easier. Specially connections with Makua Alii and Dream To Dance Studio. However,  only one comment in this month and few Two Centers. The readers are accustomed to not giving any feedback except through the gossip groups. When we get comments and the Two Centers contribute more information, the hits will go through the roof.

"If my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't jump with them,
I would be at the bottom to catch them."


Information overflow can effectively crush all our novice enthusiasm and literally kill even the eagerness of our fans. I plan to cut down the blogs to seven. Anyone starting out must be aware of this obvious but insidious pitfall, I am now trying to minimize wherever. I also maximize the links with other micros and by the tradiional word of mouth.


Fortunately the search engines are all well aware of our blogosphere. My efforts there have been very successful  I try to eliminate the clutter by just working on a few marketing systems such as Twitter, Pinterest, Tumbr, and Word Press. I am not going to waste anymore time with Facebook.


For us it is relatively simple. Get the information that interests our reader/dancers. Next get plenty of people in plenty of photos. From there it should be easy to gradually get people to contribute information for the rest of our blogosphere and from there, our Guest Authors. We are not going to be an overnight success.

"Like a bird on a wire - Like a drunk in a midnight choir - I have tried in my way to be free."

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Charlie and Amy

Had a good day and was ready early. Got to the bus stop with plenty of time. The sun was just siting on the horizon and I timed it.Took six minutes to disappear. Got the early bus and I was at Palama by 7.55 PM and  the 20 minute walk to the Studio is good for me.

“Truth is stranger than fiction, why? Because Fiction is obliged
to stick to possibilities and Truth isn't.”


"Contigo A La Distania" por Christina Aguilera

I was at Dream To Dance Studio by 8:15 and Debby was having classes, I met Gayle who I hadn't seen in years and her friend was gracious enough to get many of the photos you see here. Lucky for me I was able to get other people too. We have literally thousands of dancers that are willing to participate. However there are a few that would rather not have their picture taken. We should make every effort to avoid them.



The classes ended at 9 pm, DJ Charlie came in and set up the music for dancing whatever they learned and any others. There were some photos taken but it seems like it was too dark. I will have to find out what can be done. And I had a bus scheduled right after ten.



I left before the band started at ten PM. Got some ice across the street and the bus was late and packed. As the Present Rail Party is so fond of saying. "Only ethnics on the 40 bus, and they don't count." Never for one moment do they think, these are our fellow citizens, our friends, neighbors, relatives. Anyway, I was home by midnight.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Days

There are good days and there are bad days and yesterday was not a very good day. Small things went wrong during the day and then I missed the bus and got to Makua Alii at past eight. Then the camera did not have the right memory card, so no pictures. Fortunately, Kathy was able to give ma ride to Ala Moana and I got the last express bus going to Nanakuli. It leaves at 8:35.and I got home at ten. Nice.

“The truth is not for everyone, but only for those who seek it.”


And they will be having classes in Merengue and Mambo. For those getting interest in the Latin touch. And Tad has got some very good music to go with that. Take a look-see, you may like it.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Latin is rolling.

Salsa has been on the roll for over fifty years so it has not been a fad dance like, let us say Lambada. It has had quite a fan base throughout the world and has been a presentation of Latin music and dance. Now come the newcomer. Bachata!

“Whether you live to be 50 or 100 makes no difference,
if you made no difference in the world."

Bachata comes from the Dominican Republic and from dancing along with Bachata music. The music has a rhythm of three beats with a break, and the dance reflects that. It is characterized by a three-step with Cuban hips; most of the movement is from the waist down with the upper body hardly moving in comparison.

"Tu Y Yo" - Maite Perroni

The traditional Bachata was danced in a square, however, it has been simplified over the years by our dancers in Hawaii. And it has been gradually taken over a big part of the Salsa Scene. There are many on the mainland that specialize in Bachata only and set up as a peripheral dance. Bachata Dance Studios, Bachata parties, Bachata Dances and other Bachata functions.

Aventura - "Mi Corazoncito"

Currently the biggest name in urban bachata, Aventura has had over 20 hits emerge from their six studio albums. "Mi Corazoncito" was the big winner during the 2008 awards season takng home 'best song' at Premio Lo Nuestro, Billboard Latin Music and ASCAP Latin Music awards.

I plan to be at Dream To Dance Studio on Saturday and write up Charlie and Amy's shindig and maybe get a few photos. I believe it is now called, Bachata and Salsa No Ka Oi.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Latin Pop

Fifty years ago, the introduction to "filin" (feeling) was coming in to most Latin composers in Latin America. And led by singers, Julio Iglesias, Luis Miguel and Roberto Carlos. Filin encountered some resistance from the commercial Latin entertainment industry, perhaps due to the left wing sympathies of most of the first filinistas,

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

In 1947 the rise to stardom of Cesar Portillo de la Cruz, began seriously, when Contigo en la Distancia was recorded by the top singer Andy Russell and featured in the hit movie Callejera (1949). The song went on to be recorded by hundreds of international acts, including Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Plácido Domingo and the London Symphony Orchestra. Its success was repeated by Portillo's other great romantic numbers, such as Tú, Mi Delirio (You, My Madness), Perdido Amor (Lost Love), Vuelve a Vivir (Live Again) and Noche Cubana (Cuban Night).


In the 90s, it was firmly established as a classic by Luis Miguel sung in Mexcio City. in a peaceful back yard of one the classiest hotels and to the music of a small symphony orchestra. It helped that in the video recording he has his current girl friend present.Ten years later Christina Aguilera sang it on the Jay Leno TV Show.


In 1999, when the El Gato Tuerto (The One-Eyed Cat) reopened to cater for the new tourist boom which in large measure rescued the Cuban economy, Portillo was one of its first regular performers. The king of filin's 90th birthday was celebrated by a big televised national tribute concert. Male romantic singers much in his image still feature at the big glitzy cabaret variety shows that pack in coach loads of Havana tourists today.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Comments, Comments, Comments


The blogs seemed to have almost adjusted themselves.and there may be one to go yet. I simply don't have enough time for all. And there is an old blog rule. "No hits, no use." My counters may not be very exact but I have a good enough guide.

"The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive,
to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all."


Meanwhile, I must go on my merry way. Town Dancer is holding up in the top three. At one time it was a powerhouse that could not be matched by any Dance Web or Blog site on these islands. Unless they are store bought hits. No hu hu. The reader/dancers are making the decisions.

"Goody Goody" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

That is why, I must find a way to diversify the feelings of commitment in each of our Commentaries and make it easier to comment.. Then they can decide when to be a regular Two Center. and they can pick any blog they damn well please. We provide the platform and it is up to them when and how they use it, you can all be reasonable.


Our aim should be the reader/dancers. This business of all the dancers or all the readers or clubs or anything that implies all is according to others, not us. If you don't like it, it just isn't for you, that's all. Leave it. The resulting hits show that I have spread myself too thin.


So the commentaries are coming in slowing. Just got one "Anonymous" but it had Dance Fever on it. Those are very important for a possible beginning. For those that want to use anonymous, we would advise to please use a Pen Name instead. Then you can always use it and we (the reader/dancers) are more likely to identify the comments with the Pen Name and react in a more positive way.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Escerpts, Rail Disaster

From Panos D. Prevedouros, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, subcommittee chair of the Transportation Research Board (a unit of the National Academy of Engineering), co-author of the textbook Transportation Engineering and Planning, published by Prentice Hall 1993 and 2001.He was a two-time unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, running on a program of opposition to mass transit.

"The Truth is very strong, and sometime or another it will prevail."

Among all travel options on Oahu, mass transit serves 6% of the travelers, just slightly above the U.S average of 5%. Focusing on this small piece of the pie is no way to solve the mobility problem of the 80% that drive and carpool, i.e., rail is the 1% solution because City's rosy numbers show that transit share will grow from 6% now to 7% with rail.


The beautiful Articulated Bus. With enough of these babies we coulda had it
made in the shade. And "I coulda got it right around the corner."

Spending over five billion dollars for a non-solution is clearly unethical and all responsible for it are breaching their professional and fiduciary duty. As an engineering professional and past candidate for mayor I want no part in this unethical endeavor.


The Beautiful Business Park. With enough of these, there would be
thousands of cars missing from the freeways and in town. And,
"I coulda got home in 20 minutes."

The original system was supposed to be 34 miles through Kapolei to UH and Waikiki for about $3 Billion as shown in the headline above.  The current project starts a mile out of Kapolei and dead-ends at Ala Moana shopping center with no service to Waikiki or UH. Just 20 miles for over $5 Billion. If offering the public 41% less for a 73% higher price is not a lie then what is it?

Pub's Side Note: Now The Rail Holocaust is certain to cost over seven billion dollars. (you know,, cost overruns etc.) And the Fat Cats in Honolulu are making millions and millions of dollars. Also called "Easy Money."

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Do We Know?

The so called Latin clubs in Europe and the United States have been primarily defined by the young peoples group of dancers. They have been led by the Salsa faction at the moment and now being heavily influenced by the Bachata faction. The young have made the division and we could abide by it, it may help. Then they have a few dances waiting in the sidelines. So I am going by their guidance and finding out about the "over 30" which are the bulk of dancers in the Latin vein throughout the world.


 "The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have."


Throughout the world, this over 30 group has had a basic dance and that is the Rumba. The Cha Cha Cha is a must, Samba if you can keep one basic, Mambo is still there. Of course Rumba has been splintered from the beginning but is now in process of using a standard basic which is the Rock Step and a Slow Step. Everything else remains the same. In which the man ordinarily breaks on the accented beat, whether it is the one or the two beat.

"Perfidia" by Vikki Carr


Then in the Latin countries that are not in the Caribbean, there is the Waltz. In fact there are two Waltzes and in Mexico, very prominent in their music. One that is similar to the American slow waltz and one that is similar to the Viennese. And they may be danced alternately during any evening of dance. Just listen to the music and you will know if it is a one, two, three step or a chassé. At any rate, these are the basic dances that will be in any Latin Dance Club.

"Abrazame" por Alejandro Fernandez

And in this century Latin Pop is in. What's Dat? How about the Tango? That is for sure. But what Tango?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Steady

With all the changes I have made, I am glad the hits are holding up. I will make one more at the end of the month and that should hold us for a while. This weekend I have the opportunity of going to Dream To  Dance Studio and attend Bachata and Salsa No Ka Oi of Charlie and Amy.

"Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world,
then it can only happen through music."

Ordinarily Dream To Dance Studio would go into Blogging Hawaii but I will put No Ka Oi into the Latin Rhythms blog. It will have a lot more Bachata and Salsa in the future. I don't get much advice or comments so I do the best I can and it is coming along only slowly. It helps that we are connecting via the storage devices that I am giving away. You want a USB Drive?


"Que Sera, Sera" by Doris Day

A store that sells husbands opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:

You may visit the store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the attributes of the men increase as the shopper ascends the flights. There is, however, a catch. You may choose any man from a particular floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building! So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband.

The sign on the door reads: Floor 1 - These men have jobs and love the Lord.

The second floor sign reads: Floor 2 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, and love kids.

The third floor sign reads: Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, and are extremely good looking. “Wow,” she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and sign reads: Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop-dead good looking and help with the housework. “Oh, mercy me!” she exclaims, “I can hardly stand it!”

Still, she goes to the fifth floor and sign reads: Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop-dead gorgeous, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic streak.

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads: Floor 6 - You are visitor 4,363,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.

Watch your step as you exit the building, and have a nice day,

Sunday, August 9, 2015

La Bossa Nova

By Robert Kobayachi, Kalealoa

Bossa nova was a genre of Brazilian music, which was developed by professional musicians. It was a new beat without an accompanying Dance. It was popularized in the 1950s and '60s and today is still one of the best-known Brazilian music genres abroad. The dance was said to be going to replace the Twist, and other dances, however it did not.

"Those who undertake to set themselves up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge are shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."

The dance by professional dance instructors around 1960 was somewhat popular by 1963 as people were trying to dance to the Bossa Nova, however the music was much more popular than the dance due to the hasty commercialism of a dance to go with it. A lyrical fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova acquired a large following in the 1960s.

"Blame It on the Bossa Nova,"
by Edye Gorme

Initially among young musicians and college students, - the younger strata, they liked the music but hated the dance. They explained it was "too fast for slow dancing and too slow for fast dancing".  Others said they liked the dance ... but the general consensus was that the dance was not very good, too many basic steps as in Samba.

"Desafinado" by Stan Getz


Dance studios (Fred Astaire) came up with versions of a Bossa Nova dance step which seemed to be modifications and combinations of the Twist, Mambo, Samba, Conga and Rhumba. Some of the pattern names were Knee Rock, the Walk, the Serpentine, Peeling the Banana and other descriptive terms. The dance is basically with a subtle Samba flair, very similar to today's much slower Nightclub Two-step. The dance can be done in couple or solo form.


Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, have one basic step. The one you start with to feel each others lead and follow and the one to always go to and from in any dance. The people that dance Foxtrot with so many basic steps are the men who will only use one of them. With Samba, the music has always been there but much too difficult to lead and follow.

Perhaps they will find one basic step for the Bossa Nova and the music is already the greatest. They could take the lead world wide.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Temporarily On Top

Town Dancer went down and Blogging Hawaii went up and there it was. Blogging Hawaii is now temporaly in the numbah one position. Platinum Horseshoe is in third place. The rest still struggling to get into the 20s in hits.

"Our duty in blogging seems to be, to encourage every one in their struggle to live up to their own
highest ideas, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth."


However I made a good trial last week and went to see Greg Henry at Buto's Cantina in Waikiki. He doesn't start his free dance lessons until 8:30 and the last express bus back to Nanakuli leaves Ala Moana at 8:35. So I had to plan on taking the slow boat to China on the way home. I was lucky and made good connections and made it home in a little over two hours. Not bad.


It follows that I will have to make plans on going to more late evening places. Once per week should be pretty good to get started. I can get there at about nine and leave at 11pm and get home about 1 in the morning. With my booze and my mini laptop to see my song videos on the way home time goes fast. I am open to suggestions as to where to go next weekend. "To Hell" you say?

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho

Meanwhile, the nite club dancers are in the same normal curve of all stats. Small amount of excellent dancers. small amount of lousy dancers and most of us in the middle just having a ball, The email read, "And you shouldn't say anything about their love life. It should only be for the three people involved."
Pub's Note: "Oh!"

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Trip

It is becoming more evident that the "trip" is what does me good. I have to get out of where I live, way out in Nanakuli,  in spite of my physical disabilities. I left early and just missed a bus, but something was wrong and the next which I intended to get was late but I still got to Ala Moana by eight. A skip and a jump and I was at Buto's Cantina before 8:30 pm. and the place was dead. Must be Blue Monday.

"Perfection may not be reached, but if we chase perfection
we just may catch excellence."
 

Greg was not there yet but I talked to the people at reception desk and they are "money" people. You know da kine, "got to be in it for da money." I got one to take some pics, That was nice and will be appreciated by the reader/dancers, they will eventually learn. Meanwhile we can find other ways to help each other.

"Por El Amor De Una Mujer" by Julio Iglesias

Finally Greg came in and we exchanged pleasantries, and I gave him the camera to take some pics. He  bought me a seven up and helped me with the above poster. I got the bartender to get some photos too and we are all learning. Slow going but somebody may notice the eventual effect of this blog. Hope, I hope, I hope.


Nothing much there for this blog and I left before ten, and just missed the #42 bus. Got the #19 going to Ala Moana and caught up with #42, and I transferred over. Nice ride, not too crowded, a pleasure. Then approaching Waipahu, I spotted the #40 bus right in front of us. At the Waipahu Transit Center it waited with just enough time to get me in there and I was home about 12 midnight. Two Hours and a nice pastime which is bound to get a little merrier.