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by djstarr
Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Calming a crazy floor
Replies: 15
Views: 10215

Re: Calming a crazy floor

A few dances I go to are held in small bars and attract a majority of inexperienced partner dancers. The resulting dance floor is often crazy with drinks everywhere and kicks and elbows. It's frustrating for more experienced dancers, who can't dance without being kicked. I wonder if a DJ can contro...
by djstarr
Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: "Blues In the Night" - your solid faves
Replies: 12
Views: 4814

you're referring to the song that starts out "My Mama done told me" ? I like the blues arrangements better, my all time fave is Louis Armstrong with Oscar Peterson. I have one featuring Hot Lips Page which I like - perhaps that is the Harry James one? I forget which big band he played with.
by djstarr
Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:22 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Songs for the Shim Sham
Replies: 56
Views: 25056

partly do to a bunch of new dancers who need to learn how to shim sham - lindy hop 101 . Oops - almost missed this - what is ' shim sham - lindy hop 101 ' :?: I was attempting to say that the Shim Sham, especially done with Frankie, or to the song Frankie prefers, is a required element of a Lindy H...
by djstarr
Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Songs for the Shim Sham
Replies: 56
Views: 25056

....We stopped doing it regularly a couple of years ago.... <bump> So the Shim-Sham has come back in Seattle; partly due to Frankie's bday fest coming up, partly do to a bunch of new dancers who need to learn how to shim sham - lindy hop 101. For the cities that used to Shim-Sham a lot and then it ...
by djstarr
Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: bpm exchange
Replies: 19
Views: 7844

o.k., no one else seems to hate tapping the space bar, so i'll give these bpm widgets another go. thanks. you can always get some good DJ software - JRiver Media Center analyzes the BPM for you when you rip the CD; there is a bug in it so that most songs over 150 bpm are listed at half tempo, but t...
by djstarr
Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:10 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: At Last
Replies: 1
Views: 1345

At Last

so it's very refreshing to have a President who shares my musical taste. Anyone been hearing "At Last" a lot this week? My local jazz radio is coming up with lots of interesting renditions to play. What is your favorite version? [and moderators, if you feel this isn't "Swing Music&quo...
by djstarr
Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Anybody Shuffle?
Replies: 13
Views: 7331

fredo wrote:.....dancer: Are you going to play my request?

DJ Shuffle: What is the my request? I know that it's good to play swing music. Let's keep it swinging.
Open the pod bay doors Hal.
by djstarr
Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Educating about swing rhythms and schemes?
Replies: 36
Views: 11888

Re: Educating about swing rhythms and schemes?

Do you have any: - recommendations for international teachers that are experts on that, whom we could ask to do a class when they are around In addition to those recommended, you might also ask Solomon Douglas who is a musician, DJ, and dancer. I don't know how much he is in Europe, but you could t...
by djstarr
Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:18 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Your local Lindy Hop scene - Uses real Swing music or other?
Replies: 76
Views: 21297

Re: Your local Lindy Hop scene - Uses real Swing music or ot

And we had a DJ battle a month or so ago, Falty won, playing nothing but music recorded after 1980. And it all swung hard. So it doesn't have to be from the 30's or 40's to swing. So if he didn't play Swing, what did he play? the two that I remember that I knew were the New Orleans Jazz Vipers vers...
by djstarr
Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:19 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Your local Lindy Hop scene - Uses real Swing music or other?
Replies: 76
Views: 21297

Re: Your local Lindy Hop scene - Uses real Swing music or ot

As for Seattle and swing music, I'd say things are pretty swingin' up here. Most dances have music from the 30s and 40s, with certain DJs throwing in more 20s and 50s than others. There is also plenty of recordings from the 80s to the present (trad jazz and swing) being played as well. Adding a cou...
by djstarr
Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Your local Lindy Hop scene - Uses real Swing music or other?
Replies: 76
Views: 21297

Re: Your local Lindy Hop scene - Uses real Swing music or ot

73.8% real Swing :wink: Haha. You're sure? Well no one would be sure until you visited and made your personal assessment of the situation and self certified it of course. given that I certify Trev's statement and claim the rest of the 26.2% is comprised of Wynonie Harris. lol. Sincerely though the ...
by djstarr
Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:53 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Swinging Christmas CD
Replies: 12
Views: 4631

just say no. Probably one of the stranger things about being in Australia in 80 degree heat and hearing Jingle Bells in the supermarket!!!!
by djstarr
Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Favourite recording of ... He Ain't Got Rhythm?
Replies: 12
Views: 4338

Re: Favourite recording of ... He Ain't Got Rhythm?

But I find this song depressing, and it fails because the tune is not exciting and the words are about a sad lonely man who can't dance :( - really you find the tune not exciting? I love how Jimmy Rushing sings "When he found the fourth dimension". The lyrics to this song always cracked m...
by djstarr
Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: danceable Louis Armstrong
Replies: 49
Views: 15599

One of my favorite Louis Armstrong albums is "Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson" http://www.amazon.com/Louis-Armstrong-Meets-Oscar-Peterson/dp/B000AXZCR8/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1219956678&sr=8-1 I always felt that in whatever collaborations I listen to, Louis Ar...