Music for a rainy day.
It’s a song, it’s a dance, it will be stuck in your head all day.
Tomorrow the United States will be electing its next president. This is one where the stakes are really up for grabs; we could wind up in an awful, awful place for real if this goes the wrong way. As a momentary distraction, here’s some dancing that reminds me of American things. A bluegrass jam andContinue reading “11/07/16: Special Election Edition”
I sometimes work as a dance class accompanist, and have spent a certain amount of time hanging around ballerinas. First of all, I want to point out how much respect I have gained for dancers through this job. Dance requires the strength and coordination of an athlete, extraordinary self-control, and dedication to the craft. IfContinue reading “10/24/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!”
If you’re on the East Coast, it’s pushing 3PM right now. Which means it’s just about time for some B-52’s. See if you can get a conga line going around the office. And BTW, the whole album is great. Treat yourself to a copy for the next time it’s 3PM and you need a congaContinue reading “9/12/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!”
Here is a group from Cuba called Obini Bata. They play a drum called the bata, which is traditionally forbidden to women in the religion of Santeria. And they make wonderful music.
Guaranteed to get you up and moving before the boss notices you’re late (Actually, it’s 11:00 AM my time right now, so I think that ship has sailed).
Seems like it’s one of those Mondays when your eyes don’t want to open and all the coffee in the world won’t help. But you know what does help? Ricky Martin … …. And Lou Bega. Try to listen to just the bass line in this one, it really makes the song. Simple, and perfect.Continue reading “4/11/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!”
Now you’ve done it. You’ve got me started on the Nicholas Brothers. Harold and Fayard. Genuises. Fred Astaire told the brothers that this sequence (from the movie “Stormy Weather”) was the greatest movie musical number he’d ever seen. The virtuosity of their moves is just stunning. And yes, that is Cab Calloway leading the orchestra.Continue reading “3/28/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!”
Sometime after my third cup of coffee, I said to myself, “Why not play some ukrabilly?” I saw this for the first time on Facebook. Facebook’s translations can be pretty rough, but thanks to one of the comments, I was able to find out that this is a Ukranian band called OT VINTA. Check outContinue reading “3/21/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!”