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RA Podcast: RA.653 ARP
Ultimately, it's taught me that music is a catalyst for creating a social space. If the music is properly expansive, that sends a distinct message. And the effect of sharing social space with people you may not be likely to interact with in the streets, at your local or on the subway is what makes it such a positive and necessary force.
dance  social  relationships  public  nyc  music  attention 
5 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The Philadelphia Inquirer Digital Edition
"I'm extremely pleased, and it might make a difference in how people perceive Philadanco."
arts  dance  from twitter
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge Same-sex dance instructors and champions
You either learn civility or lose your partner. That's part of the heart of partner dancing: Can you adapt? Can you listen so completely to another person that you feel the length of their step, how they move, each tiny movement and piece of information they're giving you? Can you listen with your whole body and be completely balanced and willing? It's such a fabulous life lesson.
dance  dancing  beauty  relationships  gay 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jude Rogers | Why is Journey's Don't Stop Believin' back in the charts? | The Guardian Music | The Guardian
I thank the phenomenon of shuffling mp3 players, bouncing us between styles; the diminishing importance, and relevance, of genre boundaries; and the way in which music has become less about coolness, and much more about unbridled enjoyment.

There is nothing strange about having a place in your heart for music that is improving and challenging, and another for huge, rousing sentiments that make you cry in taxi-cabs, long for a lover, or yearn to sing loudly, and proudly, with those you love most. And that's exactly what Don't Stop Believin' does, for the young and the old, and those who believe music reached its apotheosis with the concept of Adult Oriented Rock.
music  uk  aesthetics  rock  dance  television 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Dance - Not So Strictly - ‘Ballroom’s Best’ and ‘Burn the Floor’ Aim to Sex Up the Genre -
It is therefore time to say that ballroom today (at exhibition and competitive levels) proposes behavior from both sexes that looks not much like courtship and seduction but something alarmingly close to rape and whorishness. It does degrade women, and it makes its men look crassly manipulative. (All five “Ballroom’s Best” men simply look like creeps.)

Still, my chief objection to these visions of ballroom is not moral. (These people choose to do it.) What makes me wretched is that all these stunts, acrobatics, point-scoring and flashy displays of sexual availability are what matter. Musicality, phrasing, intimacy and actual sensuousness are what don’t.
dance  reviews  music  film 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Merce Cunningham and John Cage, forever inseparable | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times
The only reason this approach could work is because the dancer and composer were on the same wavelength. They understood that music and dance would come together as friends. Theirs was a deep relationship based upon trust that honored independence, which is different from separation.
music  dance  friendship  relationships  art  creativity  work  beauty  love  gay 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Revolutionary choreographer Merce Cunningham dies at 90 - Los Angeles Times
"When you work on something that you don't know about, how do you figure out what's right for that moment?" he asked rhetorically in the 2005 Times interview. "Using chance can be a way of looking at what you do in another way without depending always on your memory. It helps something else to come out that otherwise you wouldn't have known about." [...] "Very often you discover something that you think is impossible. You do it, you try it out -- and it is impossible. But while you're doing it, you discover something else you didn't know about. I always think there's something else -- not necessarily that I'm going to find it, but I know there's always something else."
dance  art  creativity  work  improvisation  music  dancing  thinking 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Incidental Pleasures of
"[T]he best rejoinder to Public Enemies is Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal video, which I watched again after the singer-dancer’s inevitable, untimely death. It’s a tommy-gun gangster fantasia with a touch of Guys and Dolls, and it’s everything Public Enemies isn’t: madly inventive, genre-bending, a passionate tribute to the artist as outlaw/loner. The video reminds you why the gangster has become an existential hero in pop culture: It’s how he seizes the space. On some level Michael Mann knows that, but he’s paralyzed by his pretentions and specious morality. And he can’t dance."
video  pop  movies  cinema  film  acting  aesthetics  identity  dance  beauty 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Grime / Dubstep
"At the moment I'm into clashing two or more musical clichés but from contrasting styles, for instance playing a classic deep house stab over a jungle sounding pad and putting them on a beat that's got some dancehall in there," he says. "The tunes I'm most proud of are the mongrels bred from lots of different styles. There's bound to be some car crashes along the way but hopefully I'll be able to spot them and stop them being inflicted on people.

"I'm exploring as many influences as possible, trying not to get too comfortable with a particular arrangement style or set of sounds. I was listening almost exclusively to jungle and d'n'b until dubstep came along so I'm new to a lot of the influences that are going in my tunes. I'll binge for a few days on a few artists who I've recently discovered, write a couple of tunes vibing off them and quickly move on."
music  uk  songwriting  dance  aesthetics  design 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Yes, Actually | | Andrew Sullivan
If you just want to create a Pet Shop Boys sound instantly you can program some drumbeats and then play an A-minor chord over it: “Oh, God, that sounds like the Pet Shop Boys. Oh, that’s the trick, is it?”
music  songwriting  uk  pop  dance  gay  hiv  aids  gender  theater 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
‘American Idol’ - The Triumph of Soft Rock -
That he shined on softer material — "Mad World," "Feeling Good," "One" — demonstrates the little-acknowledged truth about Mr. Lambert. Histrionics aside, he’s truly just an old-fashioned song-and-dance man, without the dancing; a lifetime in and around musical theater will do that to you. "Idol" wanted him to be something more, and he may well have wanted that for himself. If Mr. Lambert was hiding something, it wasn’t his sexual preference — it was his conservatism. If only he’d have let America see the real him.
rock  music  criticism  writing  nytimes  public  dance  songwriting  men 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Trrill | Luomo - Tessio
"Those words that you can recite over and over in your head, but when the moment comes—when your heart starts beating and the music swells—all you can muster are echos and portions of those words. It's a beautifully jumbled stammer of apologies, confessions, and idol worship."
music  writing  songwriting  relationships  beauty  dance  thinking  love 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #48
"If one can be a virtuoso of a beat as simple as a programmed 4/4 kick, then Voigt is certainly a virtuoso. A device with its roots in disco -- music for partying -- becomes in his hands an instrument of tension and existential dread."
music  pitchfork  songwriting  dancing  dance  creativity 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Burlesque Makes a Comeback in New York - New York Times
“Neo-burlesque is popular with women because it’s sexy, it’s comic, and it’s not all skinny, model-types. It’s something that goes back to Mae West, really. Just taking your clothes off onstage doesn’t make you a good burlesque performer."
art  dance  nyc  theater  beauty  aesthetics 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Okay, He Wore Polyester. But He Still Speaks to Us. -
"'The ethnic American feels unappreciated for the contribution he makes to society. In many ways he is treated like the machine he operates or the pencil he pushes.'"
ethnicity  dance  1970s  music  race  nyc 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
John Cale is playing at my house | Electronic | Guardian Unlimited Music
"So I just try to be like, well, what can I do that makes sense to me in 2007? I can't play by the same rules as the music that I love."
songwriting  aesthetics  identity  beauty  music  pop  rock  dance  creativity  interviews 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge Arts - Winnie Mandela denied entry to Canada for arts gala
"Celebrities with criminal records can apply for a minister's permit and still get into the country, AS WAS THE CASE WITH MARTHA STEWART." (Caps mine. Ahem.)
canada  southafrica  art  dance  africa  crime  wtf 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Murphy's Romance by Catrinel Bartolomeu - Screening Room
"I have to keep myself on my back foot by doing things as quickly as I can, and keeping them whether they're fucked up or not, and trying to work with the fucked-upness."
songwriting  creativity  nyc  art  music  dance  rock  aesthetics  improvisation  interviews 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Where Are All the Black Swans?
“It seems like what matters is if you have a director or a choreographer who has the guts to do it. But why should it take guts? It’s art, it’s ballet, it’s dance and it’s for everyone.”
dance  dancing  black  nyc  beauty  identity  art 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Dwight Gardner's "The Outsider Insider" review of Martin Duberman's "The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein"
"[U]ndomesticated adventurous anonymity and risk-taking were central not only to intensified erotic arousal but to profound creativity of any kind."
books  reviews  nyc  dance  gay  sex  writing  biography  creativity  social 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ILX: Daft Punks's "Discovery" : Classic or Dud
"I must confess that I really can't stand the opening track, 'One More Time,' but I was completely won over by 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,' which sounds like a daisychain of Cylons."
ilxor  criticism  music  dance  pop 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Disco Delivery: BBC Radio 2 - The Record Producers: Nile Rodgers
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is probably the first time I've heard Chic's sound taken apart, analyzed and put back together in this way."
songwriting  music  dance  1970s  1980s  creativity 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Praise Dance in Pentecostal Churches - Dance - New York Times
“I’m a visual person, and sometimes the physical moves me more than words. I respond better to the sensory experience. It’s good when you read it, but when you put it into action, it moves you even more. Dancing is so natural to so many people.”
dance  christianity  religion  exercise  aesthetics  black  creativity 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Essay: The irony of Romping Monday and Fat Tuesday - International Herald Tribune
"At carnival, the revelers are holding up the powers-that-be for ridicule. But the street-dancers are also making fun of themselves, which makes the festival noble. This week's glad interruption in time is a gift from the deep past."
neworleans  lousiana  public  social  religion  christianity  spirituality  dancing  dance 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ESPN: Page 2 : No longer a citizen of Funkytown
Forget Peyton Manning and his achy thumb. It's all about Prince and his bum hip. "Cut that meat" ain't got nothin' on "When Doves Cry."
music  sports  health  dance  dancing  superbowl 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: Forget Dylan and Elvis. James Brown was the most important American popular musician ever.
"Listen closely, with a good pair of headphones, and the thousand pointillist details of Brown's genius open up to you: the shifting accents and registers, the variations in dynamics and attack, the disconcerting spaces and silences, the beats piled atop
music  pop  rock  dylan  r&b  aesthetics  dancing  dance 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Escape From Japan
“It was so hard in Japan to have the confidence to say, ‘I can be what I want to be, I can do what I want to do.’ New York is very free. I thought, ‘If I want to do this, I can do it. In Japan you have to follow the rails.”
japan  identity  travel  usa  dance  nyc 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Apple - Pro - Profiles - BT, p. 2
"At one point I was in Mexico with a portable 24-bit recorder holding up a mic to the ventilation system in a parking garage because it had such a clear ring to it."
songwriting  technology  architecture  improvisation  cinema  music  pop  dance  aesthetics 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
marathonpacks: keep on freeing in the rock world.: Herbert "Something Isn't Right"
"I haven't heard a song yet this year, or probably ever, that combines the sumptuousness of city summer nights in the city with a (surprisingly unclunky) political call-to-arms, disguised with sunglasses and a natty white suit."
aesthetics  songwriting  music  dance  uk  politics 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
In Latin America, a Religious Turf War
"The state is not keeping abreast of this process. Neither is the Catholic Church. They can't assign new priests as quickly to the places where the population is growing. The evangelical groups get there faster. [...]"
brazil  latinamerica  religion  christianity  music  dance  ritual 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
ChiTrib: Catholicism stirs cultural challenge in Africa
"The whole thrust of inculturation is effective proclamation of the gospel. Jesus talked to people in terms that were familiar to them. In contemporary evangelization we're trying to do the same thing--express the gospel in a way it makes sense."
africa  religion  christianity  music  dance  ritual 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Brazil's Priests Use Song and Dance To Stem Catholic Church's Decline
"I think we are closer to the needs of the people. We try to talk in a contemporary language and make a connection between the spiritual life and real life. Here, we don't talk about God in heaven. We talk about God on Earth."
brazil  religion  christianity  music  dance 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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