Tuesday, May 30, 2017

South America

Most of the music and dance in the Americas came from the civilizations in Mexico starting from the Olmecs, 4 thousand years ago. They had professional musicians and dancers and thousands of different dances. Much of their musical culture spread south, but of course South America had many people there that enjoyed the activity of music and dance. Much of the music in South America originated in the Andes. The late developing Incas were also a big influence.

"Social dancers know that you don't stop dancing because you
grow old, you grow old because you stopped dancing."


There were approximately ten million inhabitants of the Americas when the first illegal aliens arrived. The Spanish and much later the slaves did not have that much influence on the native music and dance.  The even step, the rock step and the chassé were universal dancing moves. The mixture of the different races was essentially the difference in the developing Latin music and dance.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Lisa Ono


In South America music makes up the daily lives of the people. There is music for everything such as agricultural labor, building houses, funerals, marketing cattle, sheep and goats etc. There are also a number of traditional dances and traditional dance songs in South America. The region in and around Andes including the countries of Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile have a diverse range of musical traditions. Does anyone in this world think there is something strange about dancing?

"Social dancers know that if you dance from your heart and love your music,
your body and feet will follow all the way." 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The New Weekly

This blog has had quite a ride in fifteen years. It was consistently right behind Town Dancer and when we lost a good contributor in Town Dancer it went to number one if only briefly. In the adjustments that followed and I have learned to take, it dropped back to number two. The information contributors have been few but they fluctuate the stats - hits.

"Social Dancers understand that they may not be there yet,
but they are closer than they were yesterday."


I began testing the grounds for additional blogs and ran them up to eleven different niches. Needless to say, I over diluted the readership. Many I could not get out of the single digit average per day hits. I had no choice but to delete and finally brought the total blogs to the present "Magnificent Seven." And Platinum went to the top with the help of a couple of good clubs in the West. At present it is averaging over 100 hits per day, but going down.


Blogging Hawaii kept dropping and today stands in fourth place, behind Dancing in the Dark. I keep trying and now Blogging Hawaii will be a Weekly Blog, every Sunday. No, I don't know what will happen, but we are sure to find out. The reader/dancers may find out what comments are all about and they are the ones that make the final decisions for us. So for this week, we do not seem to have anything doing, only Makua Alii on Thursday. Perhaps next week, we will have something to share with the readers. Mahalo.

"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the
people who treat you right and forget about the ones that don't. If
you get the chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody
said it would be easy,  they just promised that it would be worth it."

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Down Memory Lane

By Nenita, San Diego

"Walk tall, like a real dancer." I can hear my instructor say as I left the studio. It seems like only yesterday. I was told that I had the natural ability to become a dancer. I had the size, and youth was on my side. And I had learned English pretty good. I had the world in front of me, or so I thought.

"It is not our purpose, as social dancers to become each other.
It is for the partners to recognize each other, to learn to see
the other and honor them for what they are."  


I had a wonderful time taking dance lessons. I had the best teacher, he was kind, a real gentleman. All the students understood that dancing was his life. His love for dancing radiated throughout his body. It was infectious. He inspired everyone who came through. And we all tried to do our best. It took some time before I learned my dance steps. I was shy. I was nervous. It was a challenge. I was doing something I never thought I could do, not even in my wildest dreams. Dancing changed my life. I was transformed, I was happy, I had fun.

"Sabor A Mi" por Yuri


With the sensuous beat of Latin music and romantic waltz, I felt I could dance forever. But all good things must come to an end. "Please come home, my mother needs you," my sister wrote. I had to leave, back to my homeland, one thousand miles south. This was a long time ago. I am back. My mother does not need me any longer. She now has eternal peace. I tried to reach friends but lost track.

"Perfidia" by Jimmy Dorsey


I went to see the dance studio but in its place was a high-rise complex. Where the ballroom was is now a parking lot. It is a sultry summer evening and the moon is out. I walk slowly, reminiscing, nostalgia envelops me. I close my eyes and I could feel the pulsating beat of samba and merengue. I could hear the eerie and passionate rhythm of tango. I could see my self swaying, dancing the night away - down memory lane.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

What Dancers?

By Mel Agdamag, Mililani
In "Ballroom Dance Circles" on Oahu, a Street Dancer has been in the last century a person of a lower status than the ones that have taken Competition levels of dance. They are people who have learned dancing at parties, nightclubs, dance halls and a little from regular teachers. If they are over 30, they are well aware of the importance of rhythm, timing and the different styles of dance. Few people in the modern dance world have the uninhibited rhythm required to learn completely this way. So most everyone accepts that they can learn a few "good basics" from professionals with better results.

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple. In a time of deceit
telling the truth may be a revolutionary act."


Most Social Dancers can do a Rock Step but they are not completely aware of what they are doing, because no one has explained it fully to them. They may know the Chassé very well, (most do) but again they may not be completely aware of what they are doing even if they have done it over and over again in many dances. They can do the underarm turns very well in most dances, but they suspect that underarm turns are not quite the same thing in International style of dance.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Most learn their dancing in town and they become aware that they have become "Cultural Dancers" and dance according to their culture which is all around them. And this remains according to their favorite music and their favorite moves to that music. It may differ somewhat between regular social dance clubs on Oahu and the night club crowd which is a trifle different. Though most of the music that they should dance to, is dictated by the DJs, and fortunately most do a good job or it.

"Pohai, Kealoha"
by Amy Hanaialii

Eventually, there will be a social dance club evolving in the Central Valley that will have Cultural Dancing as the objective for all its members and students. Based on the American style of dance but modified according to their own preferences. And the music played will be the one chosen by the dancers that will be dancing it. Actually this has been happening for 40 years but very slowly because many want to teach only the way they have been taught.


Predictably, cultural dance will grow and not only in the West. Nothing can now stop its momentum for there are too many forces in motion to do otherwise. The very good teachers on Oahu of the American Style of dance has been very influential. This has definitely been helped forward by the increase in so much good dance blogging on these islands. What is doubly important is the fact that cultural dancing will continue to be with us forever.

It's impossible said pride. It's risky said experience.
It's pointless said reason. "Give it a try" whispered the heart.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

La Rumba

Rumba is a hodge podge hatched in the Caribbean. It did not come from Africa. The basics came from the ancient Mexican Civilizations in Mexico. The distance by water? 90 miles from Florida to Cuba. 90 miles from Yucatan to Cuba and 90 miles from Venezuela to the Antilles. The Cubans went south to other islands and the ones in the southern islands migrated northward. They became the Caribbean People.

"The truth is not for all people, it is only for those who seek it."


The differences evolved according to the language spoken. English, Calipso. A 4 count measure with a rock step and a slow step. How about the French in Haiti? Beguine. Very different, a 4 count measure with a rock step and a slow step. The Spanish had more islands and many more names. It was danced differently everywhere too. A 4 count measure with rock step and a slow step.

"Reloj" por Luis Miguel

Sailors traveling by boat up and down the Caribbean, named the Rumba and did more than anyone else to unify the Caribbean music and dance. We  can suppose that the Pirates did too. In discussing the dance from one to another, they would use, "por ese rumbo" in that direction, li dat, da kine. Several decades passed and danza is a feminine word - La Danza. Rumbo is masculine, and somewhere along the line, the name of the dance became La Rumba, feminine. Of course this was only a distinction for the Spanish. but they covered more islands.

"Contigo A La Distancia"
Por Christina Aguilera

"Rumba Dance is the most delightful way to move to Rumba music
which is about the best music the world will ever witness."
 ~Mikhail Baryshnikov (he knows a little about dancing.)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Da Big Island

Hawai'i is the largest island and the southeastern-most of the Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 4,028 square miles (10,430 km2), it is larger than all of the other islands in the archipelago combined and is the largest island in the United States. However, it only has 13% of Hawaii's people. The island of Hawaii is the third largest island in Polynesia, behind the two main islands of New Zealand.
The island is often referred to as the Big Island to distinguish it from the state.

"Social Dancers know that if they cannot find a reason to dance,
they just dance and they will soon think one up."


The population will hit 200,000 by 2020 and the county seat and largest city is Hilo. In addition to people from the Mainland, the big island also getting permanent residents from the neighbor islands specially from Oahu. Most are people trying to get away from the Rail Disaster in Honolulu. There is plenty of music and dance outside of Waikiki. On Oahu fine and how about the neighbor islands? We gotta look into this more thoroughly, sounds like a good idea! What do we have to lose?

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The North Shore of Oahu is perking up but there have always been some flickers of dance on the North Shore, even 30 years ago, but they always died down. We have to keep looking. Doris (who lived in Waialua) tried to set up a line dance class many years ago but it fizzled out. She was also a good West Coast Swinger. She went back to Texas a few years back and I have never heard about her since. Cholo's Homestyle has a good Salsa dance weekly. The Present Rail Party vetoed the Business Park that could have been built for the benefit of the residents. And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

Mariachis on the North Shore?
Prior to the 1930's, photographs show early Mariachis dressed in calzones de manta, and huaraches, homespun white cotton pants and shirts and leather sandals, the clothes worn by most peasants in Jalisco. But by the 1930's Mariachi musicians had begun wearing the "traje de charro," consisting of a waist-length jacket and tightly fitted wool pants which open slightly at the ankle to fit over a short riding boot. Both pants and jacket are often ornamented with embroidery, intricately cut leather designs, or silver buttons in a variety of shapes. Real show business.

"It is music and dance that may enable us to make peace with the world."

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Latin Music

The origins of Latin American music can be traced back to the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the Americas in the 16th century, when the European settlers brought their music from overseas. However with approximately ten million Indians in the area, the effect was little on the huge amounts of music and dance that already existed there. The Mexican Civilizations had over 2000 different dances but it made enough difference to rename it "Latin" throughout the Americas.

"Social Dancers already know that whoever is trying to
bring them down is already below them."


The slaves arrived about century later and contrary to popular opinion they were not picked for their musical or dance abilities. They learned by what they saw which was the Indian music and dance. When they were freed, about the same time as in the US, then they began to make changes. But these were third, fourth and fifth generation inhabitants and actually had no knowledge of African music or dance. In fact you can see what they dance even today in Africa, just up and down even step.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

During the 20th century many styles were influenced by the music of the United States giving rise to genres such as Latin pop, rock, jazz, Latin Hip Hop, and reggaeton. Due to its highly varied nature, Latin American music encompasses a wide variety of styles, including influential genres such as Bachata, Bossa Nova, Cha, Cha, Cha,  Merengue, Rumba, Salsa, Samba, and Tango. This is some of the best music that exists in the world today. It also encompasses Latin American styles that have originated in the United States such as Salsa and Tejano.

"Contigo A La Distancia" por Lucho Gatica

Latin American music is well known and performed in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy and to a lesser extent in all of Europe. In the last 30 years it has gone heavily into the Orient, mainly Japan and South Korea. And Oriental performers are making appearances in Latin America to large audiences.

"Social Dancers know that movement to your favorite tunes
is one of the great pleasures in life."

Friday, May 19, 2017

Not in Waikiki

By Tokunaga Kyoko, Tokyo

Young people started getting together to dance on sidewalks and street corners in the late 1980s. The trend grew stronger in the early 1990s, when streets in Tokyo's Harajuku district were closed to traffic on holidays. Two groups attracted to the car-free zones were the Takenoko-zoku and the Rock'n'Roll-zoku. The former liked primary colors and developed their own clothing style, while the latter favored T-shirts, blue jeans and leather jackets.

"Laugh your heart out - Dance in the rain - Cherish the moment -
Ignore the pain - Live, laugh, love. forgive and forget -
Life is too short to be living with regret."


They were "Street Dancers" in the real sense of the words. The two groups were similar, in the sense that they would both set up a tape player on the street and dance nearby, catching the attention of passers-by. Both groups have now disappeared, though the dance styles of the Takenoko-zoku are seen in some clubs and the Yosakoi Festival (both featured elsewhere in this article). Dancing on the street in Shibuya, Tokyo, was for some young people a good way to get the attention they needed to start their professional careers in the world of music and dance.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Lisa Ono

Beautiful poster received from Huggo's, with plenty of time. Mahalo
On The Big Island

For some young city people, street dance lives on to the beat of "house music." After dark, groups of four to six gather in front of the large windows of some stores and office buildings. There they practice their steps, checking out the artistic effect that reflects back to them from the windows. More than a few of them hope to become professional dancers, or participate in some dance event. For them, this is serious stuff. * * * *

"Social Dancers do not measure a persons success in how high
they climb, but how high they bounce when they hit bottom."

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Social Anyone?

On Oahu, Social Dance may have no winners or losers, just different ways of playing the game. Most street dancers know very little in the short time they have been doing it. But if they can be convinced to take lessons, they will learn prescribed steps and learn more or less the prescribed syllabus. The men can learn to lead and the women can learn to do the fancy stuff.  An intermediate dancer knows some prescribed steps and just wants to sharpen their techniques. At this point they are really enjoying moving to the music.

"Social Dancers know that they don't have to get moody.
They can dance a nice Rumba and move their booty."


It is definitely not easy being a leader especially when you don't know what to do on the dance floor. It isn't much fun however when you are not part of the activity. But if want to just dance for fun keep away from LAGS. (latest and greatest syndrome.) All fancy stuff. Concentrate on what your Bronze teachers on Oahu teach, the basic movements most used in all dancing. The even step, the rock step and the chasse. Social Latin dancing requires the enjoyment of Latin music first, then you move to that music using the KISS method. (keep it simple, stupid)

"Sabor A Mi" por Luis Miguel


But like many men that dance on Oahu today, they too have to put in the time to learn partner dancing. No one likes being rejected, and we can be sure that many men have quit dancing before they even had a chance to smell the roses (and this would probably also explain why there are always more women then men dancers). Many of our male friends who took lessons and started dancing a while back quit out of the frustration of not being able to lead and have never been back.  Many that could have learned to move to the music seem to have vanished from the dance scene.

"Abrazame" por Alejandro Fernandez


The men that dance today persevered and got through it all because of their love for the music of the dances that we dance today. It has helped them to overcome these bumps in the road, but for all of the others that quit, one wonders - if they had a better experience would they be dancing today? Probably, and that is the sad part of it all. For some reason, in West Oahu there is a more balance of men and women. Perhaps they have been more determined or had been helped in a nice way, they have stayed. Perhaps if in the rest of Oahu they had had more positive encounters they would have stayed.

"Rumba dancers say there is no better feeling in the world than moving to
your favorite Rumba and letting the rest of the world go by."



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dancing on Oahu

By Jerome Kim, Honokai Hale
Yes we have some terrific International Style dancers on Oahu capable of doing good in any National Competition. And we have been fortunate to have some very good teachers here. However if you do not have any intentions of competing, your best bet is the American Style of dance which is being taught and danced all over the US and increasingly accepted as a social dance.  It is overflowing to Canada and even to Mexico. It can and is being modified in the different sections of the world.

"Social Dancers look in the mirror. That's their competition."


And it is now making inroads in the Americas, Europe and the Orient. Since it requires less space it is the one most used in night clubs, community centers and house party dancing. Some think it is quaint, some can see in it the real fun in dancing, without worrying if your hand position is 46 degrees instead of the regulation 45. Or being contaminated by other styles. And Internationals are really well known for that heel, toe, toe, heel toe goop. Gawd!

"Music, Music, Music" by Theresa Brewer


As for the dances themselves, in American style, the categories are called Smooth and Rhythm  For the most part, American categories contain the same dances as the International. Ah, but the Styling! In American social dance you are not restricted to the ones in the syllabus and the partners are not tied together. If you are going to be a competition dancer, hooray for you. You have a perfect right to dance your way. But most of us, social dancers, just want to dance our way. May we?

Pub's Side Note: We need more viewpoints from the neighbor islands. You got? Dis da place!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mariaichis For Hawaii

For one hundred years Mariachis have help celebrate the great moments in the lives of the Mexican people. With the serenata (serenade), the Mariachi participates in the rite of courtship. In a society where the young members of opposite sexes were kept apart, the serenata was a means of communication by which a young man could send a message of love to the woman of his heart. He could go with his Mariaichis and serenade his love one. She could approve by appearing in the window.

"Social Dancers want to change the changeable and they accept the unchangeable,
however they want to remove themselves from the unacceptable."


In many areas of Mexico, it is not unusual to be awakened by the sound of Las Mañanitas, the traditional song for saints days, or birthdays. The Mariachi is usually positioned strategically on the street beneath the window of the festejada, but the sound of its music echoes through the whole neighborhood. Of course it is appreciated by everyone. Mariachis are also commonly hired for baptisms, weddings, patriotic holidays, and even funerals. It is not unusual for the deceased to leave a list of favorite songs to be sung beside the grave at burial.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero


The size evolved into large bands, four violins, four guitars, four trumpets and even more. These played on concert on Sunday afternoon at the park for free or for big bucks at the local theater. Many made a name for themselves as large groups and made grand tours throughout Latin America. But there were others coming up and smaller, 3 violins, 3 guitars and 3 trumpets for a total of nine. Most current travel and night club groups have 2 violins, 2 guitars and 2 trumpets for a total of six and of course more affordable and the people are dancing up a storm in Night Clubs to Mariachis.

"Social Dancers know that there is a place where they can get away to,
and it is called a dance floor."

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Blogging Again

This blog is starting to wake up again. It lost a lot of regular readers when I increased the number of blogs and over diluted the available readership on Oahu. Now in May, the total readership has gone up and this blog seem to be getting some contact with the neighbor islands. So comments and email contributions of the happenings will boost the average hits per day from anywhere but I hope we get more from the neighbor islands.

The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness."


If Web sites are the Magazines, then Blog Sites are the daily newspapers and most Dance blog sites just furnish information about dancing. The truth is that a blog is hardly the place where you would want to reach for your credit card. Our Blogs on Oahu rely on fresh content and for the non famous, one needs regular Guest Authors. It’s evolving on the Mainland that a dance blog should post at least 2 new entries a week. I have mine, each blog every three or four days.

"Sabor A Mi" por Manoella Torres


Dance blog reader/dancers on Oahu, visit blogs to get fresh information or insight on topics that are current and important to them. Not the schedule for a month or two down the road. And they already got the officers in their Web sites. The most interesting are the less complicated ones with enough photos to balance the text and make it more interesting. Dance Blogs tend to be more opinion-based than Dance Web sites because they continually ask for dance information.

"Ahora Que Soy Libre" por Englebert Humperdinck


Every one of our blogs on Oahu has a comment section at the end. Indeed, often the most compelling reading on a Weblog are the comments that others leave and the debate that often ensues as people add their two cents and disagree with each other. We have yet to see much of this in our Hawaii blogosphere because most of our reader/dancers are very polite in public. It will take some time to be recognized and used in Hawaii.

"Social Dancers know that they can rise, not by tearing others down,
 but by lifting them up."

Friday, May 12, 2017

Juan Two Three

San Diego is home to many of the nations’ top talent when it comes to salsa dancing.  Some of the best dancers developed their dance skills and became professionals in San Diego through years of hard work and determination.  And it is right across the border from Mexico with heavy Mexican influence. Juan and Erica Hernandez from Juan Two Three best exemplify this in their unique approach as not only dance partners but also as life partners who share in their love of salsa dancing in their married life as well.

"Social Dancers know that every time they dance,
they become a better version of themselves."


The duo recently opened a new salsa venue here in San Diego, The Mambo Rooftop, and they are busy starting new dance related projects as well as dancing up a storm.  There have been many opportunities to sit down and interview both of them about their salsa life, their experiences and how their marriage plays a role in their dancing.  Many fans of Salsa have enjoyed the interviews throughout California.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno


Special thanks to Roman Castro Photography for providing the fine photo.

 

Tango

For many years, Argentine and Uruguayan people throughout the world saw that the tango demonstrated as a ballroom dance was totally foreign from what they knew. Many have gone on record that they "just couldn’t bear to watch" those competitions. But somehow their authentic South American style has prevailed. Instead of lamenting, they made their own performance dances and the dance world has been moved to tears. They played their own music, danced their own dance and even the heart of the "cantador" and the soul of the "bandoneon."

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Julio Iglesias

The tango of Argentina has made its place in the world. There are many groups that do not wish to be part of "Ballroom." They have all over the world made their own Tango groups based on the Argentine Tango. Even ballroom competitors will attempt a little Argentine flavored footwork in their show pieces. American exhibitions contain many Argentine movements which we must say, look very nice.

"The Tango can be considered the most authentic cultural product
of the Argentine people."
 


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Dances and Styles

By Jonathan Chang, Lehui, Kauai
There are now three main - according to Hoyle - styles of ballroom dancing in Hawaii -- American. Country and International. American and Country styles are danced primarily in America and they are not as standardized as International style, which is danced just about everywhere in the world. In the US, American style tends to be used more often for general social dancing and Country for specialized social dancing for their type of music and dance. International style tends to be used primarily in competitions and exhibitions but in Hawaii it is danced for social occasions too.

Blogger's Law Number 31C:
"For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism."


You wanna compete? This is your baby! This doesn't mean that you can't compete in American style or Country or dance International style socially. But the distinctions are there because International dancing is taught primarily to be seen and judged. There has to be a more exact order to facilitate the judging. Actually much of it is judged on the social dance floor by just about everybody including those that are not International dancers. Because even when they do it right it may not look right to people not accustomed to the International style.

"A Summer Place" by Andy Williams

And the show business look is definitely not social, everyone agrees to that. Even if in Salsa it gets a little too much. While American style and Country, which are even coming to be taught in England, are primarily social dances and danced for the enjoyment of moving to their own favorite music in their own way, which can differ quite drastically. But the looks are not that important. People will dance either American, Country or International style socially, as they choose, even in Night Clubs.

 "Kahalaopuna" by Amy Hanaialii


Night Clubbers are developing their own distinct style based on the American but has little Country and a little International and some groups have a favorite moves. While most competitions normally include both American and International styles as well. Country is still developing their competition syllabus and are in process of defining themselves more thoroughly. They may move into more of their own creative patterns or they may go the way of the other specialty dances that exist today, Bachata, Salsa, Swing, Argentine  Tango, Line dance. It may get simpler once one decides where he or she wants to dance.

"To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism.
To steal from many is research."

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Yoichi and Graciela 2

Only three months after the visit of the Japanese (it was still 1970) Graciela Susana was offered a contract to appear in Japan to sing tangos in the Sugawara’s recitals. She wanted to see the country that she had been interested for so long and this was the big opportunity to practice her Japanese. I have a song video of her first presentation of "Adoro" which she sings the first half in Japanese and the second half in Spanish. Yoichi and Graciela helped each other to make the translation and it was a smash hit in Japan. Went over into South Korea and even Taiwan.

"Social Dancers love music because it stays with them when everything else is gone"


In 1970 Sugawara is awarded the Japan Record Title Grand prize for his single “Kyode Owakare” And I have a couple song videos of their first show in Japan where he sings El Reloj in Japanese. With Yoichi's help in Japan, Graciela would also begin to include Japanese songs in her songbook. The wide popular acclaim that immediately followed favored the release in Japan of Tango and Argentine folk music records that Graciela had published in Argentina and the daring venture of recording one in Japanese in 1971 was very successful.

"Adoro" por Graciela Susana y Yochi Sugawara

His home and family was in Japan, her home and family was in Argentina. Every few years he would go to Latin America, and in Argentina he would sing in several shows and the final show would be Yoichi and Graciela, and sold out weeks in advance. The same thing in reverse would happen when Graciela would visit Japan. I have a song video of the both of them in a Japanese TV program. Yoichi in his late fifties, and Graciela in her late thirties and they could still sing beautifully together. He sings Besame Mucho and then they sing El Reloj in Japanese and the ending in Spanish, just beautiful.

"La Reine de Saba" by Gabriela Susana

I have another song video, Yoichi in his early eighties and Graciela in early sixties. It was their last show. Graciela and Yoichi in concert and TV, He is skinnier, she is fatter but they still sing good together.  But they had five decade friendship and I find nothing to indicate any hankie pankie. They did develop a love for each other but is was strictly platonic. He was her older brother and she has his kid sister. They admired each others musical qualities.  They could cover each other mistakes to make the duet sound good. Then they could talk to each other in Spanish or Japanese depending on the occasion And together they could translate the Spanish songs into Japanese lyrics, that became so popular in Japan. A beautiful miracle.

"We can be the reason someone smiles today."