Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Caro Emerald- the Andrew Sisters meets Hip Hop

Caro Emerald is a Dutch pop and jazz singer. She has been identified with the electro swing scene in  Europe although her range is wider and her music has a more classic feel. She first appeared on the music scene with her sing "Back It Up" in 2009.

On her Facebook page, she describes her music  as "Lyrical tales of romance and deception over a blend of Samba, jazz, bossa nova, mambo and crackling vinyl. A mix of 1950's inspired ballroom jazz, cinematic tangoes, groovin' jazz tracks, infectious mambo's and banging beats."

Here is a link to her bio.

Here is a link to her video of "Back It Up"

Caro's entire catalog of music is meant to be danced and those who have come to our dances have heard many of these songs. Here is a list of some my favorites.

If you are a Spotify member. Here is a playlist of her music.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A 2014 Christmas Playlist for Dancers

This is portion of the music from playlist for the Dec. 21 Sunday brunch.  I hope you enjoy the music as you have a great holiday season.


Thursday, January 09, 2014

Waltz Brunch 12/29/13 Playlist

Here is the playlist for the Portland Dance Eclectic Waltz Brunch on 12/29/13. Some songs are missing due to them not being available on Spotify. Scroll bar is on right.

World Cafe Playlist- 1/11/14

Here is the evolving playlist of the World Cafe Playlist on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. This is not a complete list, just songs that Spotify recognizes from an imported playlist. Your comments are invited.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Music for Dancers

For those who would like to dance to their Christmas carols, here is an updated playlist of danceable Christmas music.  Have a great holidays!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Swing Eclectic Oct. 6 Playlist

Thank you for all who participated in the survey to determine a focus for the October 6 dance. The results are in and it was a tie between Swing Eclectic and World Eclectic with Blues Eclectic a few votes back, then Waltz Eclectic and Tango and Tapas. So in Oct 6 we will be having a swing dance with an eclectic twist. I will working on it over the next couple of weeks and feel the playlist will be one that can be enjoyed by  those who enjoy the Thursday Fulton Park and Sunday Brunch dances. Check out the progress of the playlist here. Please email me comments and suggestions.

(Edit- 9/25/12)  Swing dance music is a huge genre that covers about a 100 years and many different subcultures. So my first thought is take a dancing journey through this diversity. One challenge I will have to keeping the energy sustainable for dancers to have become familiar our playlists. I will attempt to do this by including some waltz, blues and two steps (fox trots and night club) with the swing music. I have updated the playlist to give you an idea of what this playlist might be like. As always your feedback is welcome.

There is a slider on the right to access the full list.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Description of the different Dance Eclectic Playlists

The variety of music and ways of dancing to music are limitless. We all have individual comfort levels within certain styles of music and dance genres. Here are descriptions of different playlists that I hope will provide you with an idea of what to expect when you come to a Dance Eclectic event

The focus of Waltz Eclectic playlists is the waltz - There will be around 50% waltzes sometimes more but seldom less. They will be of varying tempo and dynamics that include slow waltzes, rortary turning waltzes, fast turning waltzes, hesitation and blues waltzes. Also with waltz will be various two steps (night club, rhumbas, mambos, zydeco, foxtrots), one steps and swing. The general tone of an evening of this playlist will be melodically aerobic, more extroverted than introverted  and upbeat.
A typical playlist for Sunday Waltz brunch and other waltz eclectic dances

The focus of the Blues Eclectic playlist is all blues: There will various styles of blues  - classic to contemporary, blues that swing, blues where you feel the rhythm in your body and that gets you to move. The tone of the playlist is sensual, moody, more introverted than extroverted with an intensity that you feel in your body. It is meant to inspire dancing that has a mutually responsive, flowing connection between partners and allows freedom for improvisation.
A Typcial Playlist for a BluesEclectic dance (updated 10/1/12)
The focus of the Swing Eclectic playlist is, no surprise, swing. This playlist will be an eclectic mix of contemporary and vintage swing plus west coast, waltz and cha cha.
Tango Eclectic: From a tango viewpoint all the music will be of an alternative tango variety and from a non tango dancer’s viewpoint the music will have latin, swing, waltz, blues rhythms. For dancers who know both tango and other dances this will be an atmosphere in which you can dance what you feel at the moment.
  World Eclectic: lots of latin, waltz, swing from around the world
A typical playlist for a World eclectic dance. I also play from this playlist during the last of hour of other dances.
Check back. I will complete the post in the next day or two......

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Waltz Ball- new music suggestions

Playlists for events like the Summer Waltz Playlist, are composed mostly of familiar music that has been played for dancers many times and has kept them on the floor dancing. But some new music helps to add a freshness to the playlist, especially if the music inspires dancing. Here is a selection of new music that I am considering for the playlist. I would love to hear your thoughts on any of the music below.

To listen to the music you will need to sign up for spotify and download and install the software. I quick (especially if you have a Facebook account), easy and free. The are 14 songs in the list so you will need to scroll down. Scroll is on right.

A number of the songs, if played on Saturday, will be adjusted for length and tempo to play them more danceable.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ari and Whitney's Blues Connection Workshop

Ari Levitt and Whitney Evans gave a workshop in Portland on June 9 that explored the blues connection. In an afternoon they went through a series of exercises that took the dancers from moving in groups where individuals connected with and allowed other members to affect their movement (a little like contact improvisation) to where at the end of the session partners were moving together, with the energy from the music flowing from one dancer to the other, both sharing the lead and follow. Attached is a video of a demo Ari and Whitney did at the dance Saturday evening. Notice there are no basic blues patterns but the character of the dance is more in the connection between Ari and Whitney then in the particular moves they are doing. The patterns are borrowed from other dances like swing and salsa. Catch Ari and Whitney the next time they are to Portland. They give a great workshop.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Playlist for First Saturday Dance - 4/7/12

The Playlist for the April 7th Saturday Night Dance includes music that will be familiar to those who attend the Thursday evening Fulton Park dances as those who have attended the Tango and Tapas dances. The music will be from around the world, and truly eclectic in mood, style and rhythm. The evening will move from latin two-steps and waltzes to west coast swing and cha chas to tangos and waltzes to blues swing and two steps and waltzes.  The following songs will be played during to evening (not necessarily in this order) along with other music.  

Name Artist Genre
Aïcha Khaled World twostep
Siempre Me Quadana Bebe Night Club Two Step
World Looking In Morcheeba World twostep
Ca Chante Smod World twostep
J'ai pas le temps Souad Massi World twostep
Busco-me Bebe World twostep
La Mitad Natalia Clavier Night Club Two Step
En el último trago Concha Buika Waltz medium
Nothing Else Matters Apocalyptica Waltz medium
Il pleut sous la mer rene aubry Waltz medium
La Dispute Yann Tiersen waltz slow
Midnight Waltz Adam Hurst waltz slow
Collarbone Fujiya & Miyagi Hustle
Somebody That I Used To Know Gotye Cha cha
Set Fire to the Rain Adele Swing west coast
I've Got To See You Again Norah Jones Cha cha
I Put A Spell On You Natacha Atlas World Dance
Ring My Bells Enrique Iglesias Swing west coast
Pa' Bailar (Con Ryota Kumatsu) Bajofondo Tango Nuevo
Postales Federico Aubele Tango Nuevo
La Ultima Curda Alex Krebs, Nick Danielson Tango Golden Age
Romance de Barrio Alex Krebs Tango Sextet Tango Vals
El Aeroplano Conjunto Berretín Tango Vals
St. Gabriel Janiva Magness waltz blues
Ain't No Way Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa waltz Blues
Leave Me Alone Eden Brent waltz blues
Walk Away Christina Aguilera waltz blues
You Don't Know Me Ingrid Lucia & the Flying Neutrinos Blues sixeight
My Drag Squirrel Nut Zippers Tango Non tango
Dry Spell Hazmat Modine World Dance
I Heard About You The Theater Fire Blues stroll
HEARTATTACK AND VINE John Hammond Blues West Coast
Coffee Papa Mali Blues West Coast
Red Rooster Brother Yusef Blues slowtwostep
Your Heart Is As Black As Night Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Blues slowtwostep
Nobody’s Fault But Mine Beverly McClellan Blues slowtwostep