Sunday, October 30, 2016

New Deal

The pruning and changing the entire enchilada continues. The blogs will all go back to blogging every fourth day. The week end business did not do the job for the two blogs involve. I will try not to favor one too much and let the chips fall where they may. At the Halloween Dance of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club on Saturday we got so many photos, I plan on making two blogs for the occasion. An Introduction that I published today and the next will be the follow up. Never been done before? Well, what do I know."

"Together we may help to tame the wind and smooth the waters on Oahu.
We just may learn to help each other wherever we can - and
make a dance world that cannot fall apart."

The scam spam robots are still doing a lot of damage even if they do increase hits. I want to see legit hits and Blogger does not have the programmers that can stop these people. We just have to be careful in making assumptions on the crap we get. The US is usually at the top in our audience detail. But right now we have Poland in both Extrava Danza and Ritmo Mestizo blogs on top and that's trouble. We must be patient to get rid of them and it may take another month.

"At Last" by Amy Hanaiali'i

Dancers, take a good look around you. Many people of our time and place have been losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating many of us have sought to be amused or entertained, we become spectators. Celebration is an active state - dancing is an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state -- it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a dance spectacle. Celebration is a confrontation, and the pleasure is in doing and being ourselves. Social Dancing, anyone?

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed.

Oldies but Goodies is a phrase many of us on Oahu are hearing more of. Most good dancers believe it is the same for everyone and it is not the same - age is what makes the difference. I am over ninety and the same Oldies but Goodies are not the same for someone fifty years old. "As Time Goes By" is certainly in my book but there are very few out that have the same opinion. They have a different time frame and a different reason for making their Oldie but Goodie. Right now the predominant songs are the ones favored by those in the fifty to 80 year range. Live bands are our best bets. Maybe not?

Q. What are ghosts' favorite kind of streets?   A. Dead ends

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Edition #4

Yes, there is an awful lot of junk on the Internet, and there are a lot of gangsters trying to sucker you in. And then there are the virus and malware jerks just trying to screw people up. Should be a law against it, but you know Trump and his attack dogs. The poor have no rights but these crooks do. Still, the Internet, if you are careful, is a wonderland of knowledge available for all of us.

“Our good dancers do not waste too much time with explanations:
they know that some people only hear what they want to hear.” 

Most everything on the Internet is digital, and that means it can be handled on any computer as any other data. The results from my experience were that I gave away all my VHS tapes and even gave away the recorder. I gave away all my CDs and even the CD Player. Then I gave away all my DVDs and the DVD player too. Now I am all digital and I have everything on my computer and backed up on my back up computer. This set up may not be perfect but "it will have to do until the real thing comes along."

I copy most everything I want from the Internet somewhere, I just have to "search." I copy very little music nowadays because I have discovered the "song video." And I have them in three types. The easiest is the singing with a nice backdrop of trees, lakes, mountains and all looks beautiful while you listen to the nice music. However there is something better. The singer or singers on a stage with the orchestra in its place and it is a stage production in which you are seeing a portion of the concert. Much more satisfying than the first.

Then there is my favorite. A song like "Abrazame" in which the music and lyrics fit together just beautifully. But then the background is the interpretation of the song in a short playlet. In Abrazame, (embrace me) the lady knows that her man is losing interest and is going to leave. And in the song she is telling him that sex is not what she is going to miss and the video goes into different scenes. A nice quiet dinner with loving conversation between them, a glass of wine. Shopping and sight seeing in town. Stopping by the beach and frolicking around and even dancing. Then dancing Rumba in a club to an Indian flute. Then you see the scene where he has left and you can feel for the lady, specially her last words, "I will keep on loving you." That is a song video. Anybody want it? I geeve.

"Into each life a little wine must fall."

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Edition #3

The Magnificent Seven blogs have now come to the skeleton structure that seems to have evolved all by itself. Town Dancer was at one time the indicated blog to go independent but it is now becoming more clear. I gave it plenty of time and no one has been interested so it is going to be Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights at the moment. With enough Two Centers and Guest Authors, they can get 67 average hits per day. (Over 2000 per month.) That's it.

For those that know their bible, from Ecclesiestes 3:4 
"A time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance"

Good enough for independence. The comments have not been coming in so that is another thing that is uncertain. Nobody knows and nobody wants to know. So who else knows more about blogging on Hawaii? There is dancing in Waikiki but no one is willing to share any information on these blogs. That leaves us with no choice. We have to look for it elsewhere.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey, Bob Eberly, Helen O'connell on vocals.

It is pretty clear that the Waianae Coast and the North Shore are wide open for some good blogging. I am now looking for some good restaurant with Mexican food anywhere. May be good phasing over for the coming Latin music and dance on Oahu. And we mean all of it not just fad dancing. Rumba has been in existence for at least three hundred years. You got anything more solid than that?

"Perfidia" by Glenn Miller

It has been a Tough week, much to do, not feeling well and not blogging much. It helps that every time I blog, I share with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. I also blog in Word Press and share with Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Tumblr. So the word does get around. But there seems to about 50 Web and Blog sites on Oahu dedicated to music and dance. And none of them carry visible counters, so few can get out of single digit average per day hits.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

We can only recommend Dance Fever Oahu. the Web site with the most pertinent information in Hawaii. Then there are two blog sites by Frank Sierra in which he has much dance information, most of what is not available to us.

Hoping you don't mind, but I think I will have me another Rum and Coke.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday Edition #2

Received from my niece Yvonne, from California with my Birthday Card. I found it very nice and thought to share it with my readers.

The Train.
At birth we board the train and meet our parents, we believe that they would always travel by our side. However, at some station our parents will leave the train, and many times without saying goodbye, leaving us on the journey alone. But as time goes by, other people will board the train and many will be significant, our siblings, friends, children and even the love of our life.

Many will step down off the train and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we won't realize that they vacated their seats. The train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos and goodbyes. And our success consists of having good relations with our fellow passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

The Mystery is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So we must live the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this, for the time will come for us to step down and leave our seat empty, We should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on this train of life, Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, give thanks to God for the journey. And lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.

Happy Dancing.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Sunday Edition

This blog is now going on a weekly basis. The other blogs are doing well enough in their own kuleanas. Dancing in the Dark is my personal blog and it can sure review the happenings in the week preceding and at the same time can view the coming attractions for the Social Dance Scene.

“In our dance world, we must be careful and watch out for the joy-stealers,
the gossipers and their criticism, complaining, faultfinding,
 and negative, judgmental attitude.”

Last Week:
Not much, just a few medical setbacks but I am feeling better now. I had two medical appointments on Wednesday at the VA and I could get the Handi Van to the VA and back with only one trip. And the rest of the time I was trying to work my blogs and get some Two Centers to help me out.

"At Last" by Amy Hanaialii

Next Week:
Not much brewing, several possibles but nothing solid.  I hope to go to Manana Senior Club Tuesday next week and see Shirley and perhaps plan on going to one of their Pearlridge classes and blogging them. Though I hope to attend Makua Alii on Thursday evening. And I would like to attend the next shindig at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. Nice people.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

The dance blog covering the Live Music and Dance Scene

The Top Blogs remain the same, Town Dancer and Platinum Horseshoe still leading and the rest are still trying to get into the 20 average hits per day. One good thing is that I got rid of a lot of scam, spam robot hits that build up a fake front for us. Not good. The real deal is when we get some Two Centers interested in sharing their dance items with their fellow dancers. And don't forget Dance Fever Oahu and Frank's blogs. They have a wealth of dance information not available to us.

A Fact: Social Drinkers outlive Non Drinkers.