Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Reader/Dancers

Yes, we need more, but, of course, first we need the information and the photos necessary to make it interesting for the reader/dancers. Should be clear enough for everyone. But I realize I am making a little contact here and there and I must be patient.

"There are over 2800 religions in the world. How can
you be so sure that yours is the only right one?

There are two big definite groups of dancers that seem to be interested in the promotion of our type of dance. Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association and Dance Hawaii Inc. The nucleus may be there, specially in the West and we can expand to include any others that wish to participate in our endeavors. This is not a one way communication deal. It is not there yet but it will definitely be a give and share deal, it will eventually become social media.

"CariƱito Azucarado" by Angelica Valle

Regardless of the general misunderstanding, there is no commitment whatsoever. It is entirely up to you when and where and how much to contribute in information and photos. There are no meetings of any kind. There are no annual or monthly dues. And you get in with whatever, whenever you damn well please. Are we being a little too strict?


What will happen, since every one of our blogs has a counter, is that the hits will go up tremendously. That means that we will all know that more dancers are interested and we are spreading the word. And our main base is the social dancer, the recreational, popular, cultural and universal dancer.

We are not the ones interested in exhibitions or competition dancing. Those are OP (other people) and we should respect their wishes. We dance for the pure unadulterated pleasure of movement to the music of our choice.


So two of the biggest obstacles remaining are in finding place to dance where they don't charge and arm and a leg to reduce the disaster of the Rail. Costs on everything already going up all over just because of the Rail catastrophe. There are going to be some big, big profits in that thing. For 100 million you could buy one hundred tandem buses that could solve the problem. That is one tenth of a billion. And the rail as now generally conceded could cost Eight Billion Dollars. Somebody said ten? It's the money, Sonny.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Da Latest Scoop

Good news, Richie Fun is back in the blogging game with two good write ups in the two town blogs. One in Town Dancer and one in Oahu And Beyond. Both town blogs have lost a lot of hits in the past month and I look forward to regaining some before this month is over. One more Guest Author in either one will do the trick. Many are thinking about it but few want the commitment. Actually there is no commitment.

"We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive…
and part of the living, incarnate cosmos." - D.H. Lawrence

The other is that Dance Hawaii is cooperating with us to get the information to the reader/dancers. And I went personally to the Anniversary Dance at the Pacific Beach Hotel on Saturday night. The report on the Fun Crowd on the Saturday night extravadanza is in the Oahu And Beyond blog of Sunday. I made two good possible contacts there, hopefully they may contribute what our reader/dancers want.

"Near You" - Andrews Sisters

I have also been invited to the dance at the Waipahu United Visayan Hall and I hope to make my usual small report and get a few photos to balance out a nice blog. Then we must make contact all around and see about getting more information and photo contributors that are willing to share with their fellow dancers. They will eventually become the most important cog in our blogging world.


Fortunately, our reader/dancers are slowly coming about. They are helping to define our type of dancing as our own. Cultural Dancing is doing the same basic movements to the music of your choice. It is not dancing to be dancing. Those are different people. It is moving to the music of your choice.


That is why, most cultural dancers learn that they must listen to the music first. And many times the lyrics are very important too, specially in Spanish. The original song Importe Moi in French by Alain Barriere was beautiful. But the name change to "Y Volvere" and the lyrics in Spanish changed the complexity of the feeling in dancing to it and it was completed with a real rumba rhythm. Now you could move to that and enjoy it to the fullest. Fifty Years ago and still one of the best.

Pub's Side Note: The rail disarray and discombobulation continues. Does anybody know anything? But I mean really?


Friday, February 22, 2013

Moving

There is a definite flicker in the West, even though the Rail Fiasco is looming even worse. The rents are going up on the Waianae Coast and of course, that is going to bring business down. But they voted for the Rail Disaster and they are stuck with  it.

Blogger's Law #36B:
"If you don't care where you are, you ain't lost."

Oahu - West blog is showing the best promise at the moment but don't hold your breath. Kapolei Chapter HBDA is struggling and Mililani is not interested. There may be some interest in Pearlridge and Aliamanu Chapter but it is still in doubt. Must be patient. We have been invited to Dance Hawaii dance at the United Visayan in Waipahu, Saturday, March 2nd. Hopefully we can make a nice write up and get some good photos of and for the reader/dancers.


Central Valley is at a stand still, just holding its head above water. There may be something breaking there soon. On the other hand, we may get definite news this week about the cancellation of the Dance Pavilion to pay for the Rail Chaos, whatta mess.


Nanakuli Ridge is definitely on hold. There is nothing moving there and with the deterioration of the buses on the Waianae Coast, everything is going to pot. Our legislators don't have a clue. And this is only the beginning. As the big money makers say, "You ain't seen nuttin' yet!" It's the bread, Fred.

Blogger's Law #41:
"All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts."
 
 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Slow Changes

Looks like I am going slow enough. This blog will now be known as the Ewa Bus Step where I can have more news on the Rail Disaster. The West may not be coming up as good as it was, so, Ewa Bus Stop will handle the three blogs in the West, Central Valley, Oahu - West and Nanakuli Ridge. They will have to kokua more with each other with the distinct possibility that I may eliminate Nanakuli Ridge blog.

"Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident -
it happens by choice,"

The hits will help to tell me the story. The new side bar with the Mini Web Sites will have the three west side blogs to begin. Just click the name to see what is in there. Other groups will be added eventually. The ones that do not already have a Web site would be  perfect. And we have dropped the initial cost from $10,000 down to $9999.95 but that is only if you hurry. Hey, we are getting advice on how to run a business!


The music in each blog, may or may not be accepted, I do not know. For now the silence has been deafening. I will have patience. The slide show will only be in Dancing in the Dark. Then I hope to post the Good Teachers and Good People section in Dancing in the  Dark and alternate from one to the other every month. Dancing in the Dark will also have a new side bar with Mini Web Sites. The first two will be Town Dancer and Oahu And Beyond and we will eventually add additional groups.


Dancing in the Dark will control mainly the two Town blogs because those blogs have the most potential hits and would therefore be more likely to go independent. Town Dancer and Oahu And Beyond must go. I can phase myself out of there and concentrate on the West side. I guarantee they will do very nicely on their own.

Pub's Side Note: Went to town today and the rail debris and dirtiness gets worse on the bus. Packed to the gills and our legislators don't have a clue. Guy right in front me telling his buddy, "Boy when I get my car next week, I won't have to put up with this shit."






Sunday, February 17, 2013

Swinging The Dream

From the book:

The first chapter tells the story of Benny Goodman's band, set out on a tour of America in May 1935, but was still poorly received. By August 1935, Goodman found himself with a band that was nearly broke, disillusioned and ready to quit.

"Kids: they dance before they learn there
is anything that isn't music."
 
They were trying to please an audience who, at that time in America, had favored the sweet style of music, Waltz, Foxtrot, a little Rumba, types of slow ballroom music, but their hearts were not in it and they were not doing a good job of  it. Goodman called it "the most humiliating experience of my life." But they had to try one more time.

"Let's Dance" by Benny Goodman 

August 21, 1935 Goodman and his band began the last gig, at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles. On top of the Let's Dance airplay, Al Jarvis had been playing Goodman records on KFWB radio, and Los Angeles fans were primed to hear him in person. Goodman started the evening with stock arrangements, its conventionally melodic numbers. And when the crowd failed to react, Goodman figured the end of his jazz band experiment had arrived.

"String Of Pearls" - Benny Goodman

Trumpeter Bunny Berigan yelled, "Let's cut this shit!" and Goodman decided that if they were going to fail, the band would go down swinging. He began the second set with the arrangements by Fletcher Henderson and Spud Murphy. The dancers responded to one Fletcher Henderson arrangement after another. A roar rose among the crowd-- and the Swing Era was born.

The Palomar engagement was such a marked success it is often exaggeratedly described as the beginning of the swing era but it is clear in retrospect that the Swing Era had been waiting to happen, but it was Goodman and his band that touched it off. Over the course of the engagement, the "Jitterbug" began to appear as a new dance craze, and radio broadcasts carried the band's performances across the nation.

 "Swinging the Dream" explores the world at this time, looking at the racial mixing up and musical swinging that shook the nation.

"Goodbye" by Benny Goodman

Pub's Side Note: A dance blog is what all 'dance websites would like to be, updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select or target audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action and will eventually get their two cents in.


 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Frisco Rail

San Francisco went through so many hassles just to build a rail. The contractors were spending plenty for propaganda. Much the same situation as in Honolulu. They went ahead even when more than a few realized it was a disaster to begin with. No one wanted to "waste" that money already spent. So they built it, and big profits were made by the money takers, just like it is planned on Oahu.


And then they saw the results, few users wanted the humbug of going to a rail station even after they lowered the monthly parking fees. There was high maintenance cost with new experts and like Honolulu, half of the regular maintenance people were laid off. And it looked horrible, so after another terrible time, they tore it down and went back to good new buses.


Industrial Park in Ewa. 2000 employees. 2000 less cars on
the freeway to town, 2000 less cars in Honolulu congestion
and 2000 less cars coming back. Not only that but,
"I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

This has happened in several cities. In some it has been left up because they do not have the money to tear it down. So no one uses them anymore, they just collect cobwebs and dust, similar to the Waikiki Natatorium. Right now we can pin the rail on Hanneman, and Caldwell. They, along with the Unions, hired the malpractice crooks. The minor ones were just accessories, puppets. The big ones are the ones we must get rid of the hard way.


With these articulated buses on the #40 line, we could been on our way to good traffic on the freeways. This was seen by the rail people and they cut back on all the buses drastically.

Throughout the world organizations are trying to find ways to get people off their cars and on to public transportation. But forcing them is not the answer. You must make bus riding comfortable. When they first bought the Articulated buses (one tandem) everyone liked them. The city realized that too. But the rail and the big bucks come first. The results are the worst mess anyone has every seen on this island. Everyone now riding the bus is thinking of "when" they get the chance to buy a car, but "cattle cars" are out.


100 less cars right in front of each bus. The drivers
are "seated" in the bus. "And I could get the bus right
around the corner where I always got it." In Honolulu,
the ivory towers ask, "Why seats? Let'em all stand up."

Now the Chinese are not stupid. They have tested and tested and have come up with an even better bus, the Bi-Articulated bus. Five times more effective than rail, and at one tenth the cost. But on Oahu, Hanneman and Caldwell are for the big big bucks. The drivers are all "sitting" in the bus, not as cattle. No one in the Department of Transportation is aware of this. They are still in the 20th century.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Live Music

By Erwin Uyeda, Ewa

Swing music, also known as swing jazz or simply swing, is a form of jazz music that developed in the early 1930s and became a distinctive style by 1935 in the United States. At this time, the Big Bands also evolved with sometimes over 20 members in the band. Very good in big ballrooms with over 500 dancer capacity. With a heavy cover charge and good prices on drinks they had huge crowds trying to get in.
 
"The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live."

Swing uses a strong rhythm section of double bass and drums as the anchor for a lead section of brass instruments. Such as trumpets and trombones, woodwinds including saxophones and clarinets, and sometimes stringed instruments such as violin and guitar.
 
"Chariots Of Fire" by Vangelis

Swing bands usually played medium to fast tempos; and a "lilting" swing time rhythm. They usually featured soloists who would improvise a new melody over the arrangement. The danceable swing style of band leaders such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Count Basie was the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1945.


However after WWII, the crowds began to dwindle and the number of band members began to decline too. Bands with less than ten members became prominent and the ballrooms got smaller and crowds got smaller. With the advent of the Disk Jockey the opportunities for any bands become less numerable and the sizes of the room to dance became smaller and more of a Night Club venue. And this happened to all the types of dance and the music that went with it.


In Hawaii, in this new century, there has been an awakening of interest in the 50s, 60s style of live music. And this is going throughout the islands. The only thing difference is the amount of alcohol required to dance and dancers have inherited a reputation as non-drinkers. Most Night Clubs have not made adjustment to the fact and insist on making their overhead on the alcohol bar tab. Not anymore.

Pub's Side Note: The verb "to swing" is also used as a term of praise for playing that has a strong rhythmic "groove" or drive. And in Hawaii, "The music don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing." And check out Calvin's blog in Town Dancer. A doozie.



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Moving Again

The transportation situation on the Waianae Coast continues to deteriorate and everyone agrees, that with the new Caldwell administration, it is going to get worse. Naturally. So I have been making inquiries, perhaps I have to move elsewhere so I can get around a little easier. I have already met people that are moving from the Waianae area because of the rail screw up. We already lost one of our fellow tenants, she was on a wheel chair and moved to Kaneohe. No rail tragedy to worry about over there, maybe.

"Behind every great idea, every significant achievement, every important accomplishment is a full wastebasket. Or a cluttered blackboard. Or a doodled up legal pad. Or a deleted blog."

I have even been advised that Maui might even be better. They don't have a top notch bus system but they don't have "cattle cars" either. As the Grabauskaus gallery says, "They are just ethnics and don't really matter." I have looked over my needs and in Kahului, they have the VA. I need that. Wailuku is nearby, and Lahaina is closer than Honolulu from Nanakuli.


I could leave the other blogs here and just take Dancing in the Dark with me, and perhaps Nanakuli Ridge, (just change the name.) The only thing that would change would be my phone number and the email would remain the same. I have to look at all my options. At my age it would be a whole new panorama to admire in Paradise. And the VA can keep me going for a few more years.

I am waiting to hear from Catholic Charities, I sent them their regular donation yesterday and maybe I can decide on something by next week. Meanwhile, all the blogs have to regain the hits they have lost due to something in the Google Analytics that is messing up the works. One of these days I am going to get some help and roll over Town Dancer into independence. Just need a couple good Guest Authors.




Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Changing Scene

By Francis Wilton, Waikiki
 
You think Night Clubs are easy money?
Stop and Think! Be very, very careful.

In Waikele?
You most likely do not know as much as you think you do about the social entertainment trade.

You most likely do not understand your marketplace or its potential as well as you may think you do.

You may think you understand the essence of entertainment product - there's a 75% chance you do not.

In Waipio?
You believe you have the idea that will surpass all? So did the last ninety nine entertainment venues that failed...

The obscenely high nightclub venture failure rate in Honolulu fortifies the above statements. You don't believe?

Meanwhile, give your local Night Club a little support and maybe a little feedback too. Thanks

Francis

"Rags To Riches" by Tony Bennett


A very probable new night club will be in West Oahu. But not in the rail calamity corridor. Everyone is becoming aware that the rail disaster is going to mess everybody up in that sector. The people interested in dancing are increasing at a faster pace than usual. So it has to be in the Central Valley.

And not the competition kind. The fun kind of dancing one can get in a Night Club or a Social Dance Club, Da Reel Teeng. But they can no longer rely on the bar tab to pay for the overhead. Very few dancers have ever heard of the Pau Hana dance. For the latest, tune into our dance blogs, the news will probably be there.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

 
"Some people's budgets are in such a mess, you'd think
they were getting advice from the city government."
 
From the Internet, Web 2.0 and Social Media

Only a few years ago, social media was something most people thought of as a tool for teenagers and college students. That has changed. Facebook now has more millions of active users and the fastest growing demographic of Facebook users is the over-25 age group.

If that didn't make you sit up and take note, it should have. Your members and potential customers probably have a computer and probably have high speed Internet access. And if they are not already using social media of some kind, just give them some time. They will be.


Think you are immune? How did you access this article? There is a good chance you came to it online. The communication mogul of the 21st century is the World Wide Web and the tools that make it work have advanced so much in such a short time.

What is Web 2.0? No, you don't need to throw out your year-old computer or buy new software. Web 2.0 really relates to the growing trend to make the web more interactive, collaborative, innovative, and social.

 

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Stats in Oahu And Beyond blog

For sure now there seems to be a consistency of where all the blogs stand in relation to one another. And they will be slowly adjusting to the different influences around them. Town Dancer leads with hits in the 180 average per day. It is also leading in total hits, having reached the 120000 hit mark several weeks ago.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."

This blog hits are followed by Honolulu Dance Guide and Oahu And Beyond. Much lower down are "others" The same problems remain, convincing the readers that these blogs are not electronic newsletters. I would like these blogs to become real "social media." This means more participation by the reader/dancers and more opinions and their personal photos to be recorded and available for anyone in our blogosphere to see and to read. It will take time.

"Ebony And Ivory" by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder

I am just making contact with Google+ but not sure if it is doing any good. I am also getting some other blogs to learn and perhaps make use of them in distributing information. I don't know much of what I am doing yet. But I do write something in there now & then to let them know about our blogs. It is a start.


Another thing, it "seems" as though the downward trend of Ballroom Dancers in the last 20 years has stopped and is increasing again. People are getting interested in moving to music again. The dance clubs are increasing in number and the old Ballroom stuff is now going through a transformation, since the Internationals have taken over the term "Ballroom."


However, on Oahu it also means that the dancers in West Oahu are going to significantly help to increase the total dancers, once we get places where we can dance. If so we should expect to see us recover and approach the 2% figure in a very few years. This means 20,000 dancers in the State of Hawaii and 80% will be Cultural Dancers.


This is specially true where we are finding out that cooperation is far more effective than competition among the different factions. The old time methods are now obsolete and we are getting better thinking among the younger people that are taking over. Remember that.  "Kokua is much better than bitter competition."