|New Civilization News: May I Have This Dance?|
Category: Performing Arts
11 comments5 Apr 2004 @ 06:59 by Kay @220.127.116.11 : Well now, No one told me
No one told me that the dance bands were out. Wayne's Birthday was yesterday and we had a party to celebrate his turning 65. Everyone was here and he hired a dance band. And we did it all from the jitterbug to the Samba to the waltz and on't tell...but a couple of us even did the belly dance. We had the pino, horns, drums, Bass and a bongo drum and another new fangeld drum that had a really cool sound and we had a ball. And we had beer too. And we had a ball......room....of fun.
PS... with the move and all I got new IPs and rats I don't remember my password any more and don't know how to get in here. I don't want a whole new identity. Just the same ole me.
5 Apr 2004 @ 09:03 by jazzolog : Is An Accordian A Band?
I suppose we do have one-(wo)man bands---and you can dance to a quartet or quintet...but I'm writing about big bands. Anyway, Happy Birthday Wayne! And my 65th is on the way. Good to know such a wonderful guy is up ahead clearing the path.
PS Probably Ming could provide your password if you were to ask.
5 Apr 2004 @ 14:11 by nellie @18.104.22.168 : Let It Be A Dance
Let it be a dance we do
May I have this dance with you
Through the good times and the bad times too
Let it be a dance
I couldn't help but remember. I'm not really old enough, but there was a retro dance phase in Madison when I was a teenager. I used to go out Ballroom dancing with my brother-in law. my sister was finishing college, or shipping out (she was in the merchant Marine, retired now). But Tim lived with us and we went out dancing, being a good match size wise. We usuially went to the "New Hyperion Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra" which was usually playing around town somewhere. Of course there was no way we could have scraped up a 25$ cover. 5$ maybe. We always claimed that If you were dancing well at the end of a dance (especially a rousing waltz) you should end up either dizzy or in love or both. When the big Band wasn't available, we would go do polkas schottiches and waltzes at the local country bars (Wisconsin still has a family night at the local road house) Everybody dances. Grannys and kids....grampa takes little suzy outon the floor to teach her to polka as soon as she can walk.
Or we'd go English Country Dancing, or to the contra, square or folk dance nights. We really didn't care. My husband doesn't dance, but we juggle which is also a rhythmic partnership kinda activity.
just thought I'd pass this on along with another poem:
A babble of voices
speaking in tongues,
and mysterious jargon.
All of which make certain sense to those who know and those who speak the language
the certain knowledge of rules and strategies
but both who know
because both know.
Multi focus and double process.
Theres no reason to put it in play,
There's no reason to block if you don't put it into play.
But if I put it in play and you havent blocked it ..
but if I remove it from the game then you'll have to have blocked it
or I won't remove it from the game.
I play the pessimist.
have you ever heard of a bird of paradise?
you don't have any thing I can't beat.
what just happened?
6 Apr 2004 @ 00:50 by Don @22.214.171.124 : Richard
A thoughtful piece. Jazz has always been a mentoring process (think of teenaged Jackie McLean and Sonny Rollins going to Monk or Bud Powell's apartments for music lessons!), and I do not think that academic institutions can recreate this as well. And you are right: once the academic programs are taken over by folks who only have experience via the academic program, the dance band will wither away. The only future I see for the big band is concert music, such as what Bob Brookmeyer does with his European contingent, the New Art Orchestra; Maria Schneider; The Vanguard Orchestra; Toshiko and Lew Tabakin; Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra (and it was said to see Carnegie Hall disband its contigent led by John Faddis); Bill Holman.
Don is a favorite roommate of mine during college years, and obviously knows his jazz!
7 Apr 2004 @ 09:10 by dempstress : Home band
Ah well, for us stay-at-home types there's always BBC recordings of Big Bands, Swing Bands and Silly Songs, with 'kitchen dancing' late into the night. A seriously under-rated passtime, kitchen dancing.
7 Apr 2004 @ 18:10 by scotty : Kitchen Dancing !!!!
I PROMICE you Caroline is not kidding !!
When I went home to Edinburgh last year Caroline was my delightful (very attentive) hostess - and I can swear to you that she DOES dance in the kitchen - very lively and spry she is too !
Maybe you should get yourself 'invited ' eh Tresor !! *grin*
(heh heh - what a lovely fun girl you are to be with Caroline )
7 Apr 2004 @ 23:42 by jazzolog : Dining And Dancing
I always have been something of a front parlor dancer, but also like getting up from the dinner table for a twirl or 2. I have a feeling dining room dancing may be a different tradition from kitchen dancing though, at least as you 2 ladies do it.
I have heard it said Scotland is a wonderful place to convalesce. 'Twould be grand to awaken in the highlands.
13 Apr 2004 @ 08:09 by dempstress : Indeed....
....it is a wonderful place and would love to have you convalesce here. The invitation is genuine and open. However, if you want to awaken in the Highlands best not to fall asleep in Edinburgh, unless it's on a bus. We have a wonderful range of volcanic hills around the city, which is also situated on an estuary, but the Highlands it ain't. Easy access by coach tour, though. Perhaps a tour of the distillaries? How much more tempting can I make this?
By the way Scotty: not sure about that 'spry'....makes me sound ancient if not too bad for my age. Lithe; fair enough, lissom; anytime, Isadora Duncan reincarnated even nearer the mark. Pay attention now.
13 Apr 2004 @ 09:10 by jazzolog : The Temptress Dempstress
We need to prepare for Scotty's arrival at any moment, and in the past she has been swift and hard upon me for so much as listening to the invitations of the other Ladies of NCN. Under the circumstances perhaps a compromise can be reached.
Regarding the distilleries, since my water works may be profoundly involved in the proposed changes 3 weeks down the line, I may need to take some time before that particular tour. I'm sure I'll do some experimenting as soon as I dare, but we should wait upon the results before settling on a final itinerary.
14 Apr 2004 @ 02:51 by dempstress : Safety in Scotland
No: Scotty knows you're safe with me, although I may end up ganging up with the Missus. Stereo-nagging is a wonderful thing, god-wot.
Meanwhile, post-operative symptoms can be a bit wierd (when I had half a lung out some years ago no-one so much as mentioned that the upper left quadrant of my body would be numb or pins-and-needlsey for about a year) but they tend to move on. All in all, although I wouldn't recommend rushing out and asking for it, it's an interesting sort of a learning curve.
Best way to build yourself up in preparation? Dig that crazy kitchen dancing, man! (Also highly recommended post-operatively.)
7 Mar 2007 @ 09:27 by Allyn Reilly @126.96.36.199 : The Big Band
There is indeed something "right" about that combination of instruments--just as there is for the Mozartean orchestra, the SATB chorus, the string quartet, the two horns and rhythm assemblage of countless jazz combos, etc. It is a timeless group, and I suspect a hundred years from now there will be groups of, perhaps, students guided by earnest academics, who will be "reviving" that music for the nth time. Certainly it is emblematic of such an important period of American history--perhaps to be seen in retrospect as the greatest period--where the country threw off the depression and the rise of fascism in that order. "String of Pearls" indeed. . .
No wonder Allyn could write such a lovely comment. Professor Reilly is Interim Director of the Ohio University School of Music.
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