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Frankham Dance To The Music (45) RE: BS: Dance To The Music ! 16 Jun 05


I am very interested in the music for dance. I think that the study of music for dance is long overdue and important. I see dance and music as a social outlet as part of a folk tradition. I enjoy the music for Disco, Funk, Soul, Razzamatazz from the 1920's, and have seen people dance to Blues and Jazz. One of the most important components of popular music was the Swing Era.

This thread should be in the music category rather than BS.

Playing music for dancers is a different form of expression than concert or sit-down jam sessions. Here, rhythm is a key component and if it's not there, the music is out the window.
Interaction between musicians and dancers, I believe, makes the musician play better than normal.

The Contra Dance movement in New England and elsewhere is a healthy aspect of a folk traditional revival. A new interest in the Lindy Hop and Jitterbug is a welcome thing. Also, social ballroom dancing to Swing and Latin music as well.

To me, Old Timey music doesn't mean much as separated from the dance that it came from. I know that some who enjoy the Round Peak style of playing might disagree. I consider Old-Timey different than individual performances by banjo or guitar picking traditional folk singers.

Frank Hamilton


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