The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Keep on Dancin ' Crzy

Dance is such an important part of Oaxacan culture.  Through it,  my love and appreciation of all of its many forms has been enhanced.  Dance, its vocabulary is ever evolving, just like music .... and everything else.  I love listening to what's hot in pop music.  When's the last time you checked out Billboard's Hot 100?  I have discovered so much good music filled with talented artist, both musical and visual, and great messages.... and you can dance to it.  Sure, you may not like some of it, but you will find some things you do.  And they are from the present.

I listen to Kealani's "CRZY" in the car.  It's a good driving tune.  And through it, I found these amazing dancers, of a very different sort from los danzantes de Teotitlan del Valle, but still... amazing and over the top.  This clip shows the choreography of several troupes.  Open your eyes and ears... and your mind and see what is actually happening in the world right now.  Stay current, grasshopper.

Antoine Troupe, official choreographer for Kehlani’s hit “CRZY”, takes you inside his class as his unstoppable students learn from the master and share their unique moves!
Think the language of dance is changing much?  I mean, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is a classical influence for these dancers.

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