A kiss To Build The Dream On

Today, the Louis Armstrong Facebook page posted a link for one of my favourite Satchmo ballads.

It is not a secret that I love Louis Armstrong. Why, even one of my cats is named after him. As a Swing DJ, I have an extensive Armstrong collection. There’s an Armstrong song for pretty much about every situation in life. Happy songs, sad songs, playful songs, heartbreak songs, love songs, silly songs. Songs about food (his other passion), songs about the weather, songs about his home town.  You name it.

Beautiful Satchmo with his contagious smile.

Beautiful song too.

Who hasn’t dreamed of a kiss? Who hasn’t weaved romances when alone with their fancies? Louis knew the human condition very well. Continue reading

This Sailor girl

I don’t understand how I end up always over-scheduling myself…

Oh, right, I remember now. I have ADD

Crap.

So, I’m teaching tonight.

The teaching scheduled goes out every three months. We get the first week of January, April, July and October. Among the other dates, I was scheduled to teach on Dec 15. No big deal.

THEN, all the previous Dynamite Girls that are still team members were invited to a cooperative project with SD’s new all-girl team The Hot Tamales. Awesome! I was more than happy to join them. Then it turned out they were planning a performance on December 15. I was very happy. We’re bringing the Sailor Girls routine back to life after a couple of years of sabbatical. Did my brain raise a red flag? Or course not! Why would it bother remember I was teaching on that date too?

AND THEN, I signed up as the DJ for the last set (11pm – 1 am) of all December Saturdays. I love deejaying plus I can use the extra money. Again, did my brain bothered checking the calendar. Hell, no. The bastard.

As a result, tonight I am teaching, performing AND deejaying.

It’s going to be a looooooong night.

Granted, it’ll be fun, but very long. From 8 pm – 1 am.

And -as it that weren’t enough, tomorrow I have Balboa practice from 12-4 pm, immediately followed by a mandatory All-Teams practice with a special Street Dance class and a Team battle afterwards.

It’s all very exciting and I’m very much looking forward to all of that but on Sunday night, I’m gonna need someone to drag me home and put me to bed.

See you on Monday, I guess.

But for now, this Sailor Girl needs to go get ready for the party!

sailor girls - CSC

Christmas in June II

But!

I didn’t end up there.

I also got a few DJing gadgets.

My DJ headphones broke last year and I spent lots of time looking for a suitable replacement that would not leave me broke too. I finally did, and even at store here in town so I decided to give myself an early birthday present.

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My super cool headphones

And this USB/AUDIO Interface was not a present to myself (it is from the school) but I still got it today

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Now, all I need is to transfer all my music to the new laptop and I’ll be all set for DJing again :)

CSC, here we go!

Tomorrow, we’re all off to the Canadian Swing Championships.  Three days of dancing, competing, more dancing, no sleep and then on Sunday night, after the Award Ceremony, time for partying like there is no tomorrow :)

I’d like to share something Byron Alley -our head coach, sent to all of us last night (emphasis is mine):

It’s important to remember that CSC itself doesn’t *really* matter. Nobody lives or dies based on our performance (at least not until the CSC 2112 Hunger Games edition), and it’s really not likely to earn you a promotion at work (sorry!) I’ve danced in teams that have placed 1st in some of the biggest swing competitions, and it was awesome, but not because of the trophy. (Well, maybe a little bit because of the trophy.)

The only lasting, valuable thing is the feeling of working together and accomplishing something beautiful. It’s about discovering that some of our preconceived limitations are illusions, and that we are amazingly capable human beings. And it’s about learning that when we work together to accomplish things, trying to ignore the needs of our egos and to be patient with our partners’ and teammates’ idiosyncrasies, that we discover that successfully working together is just as worthy a goal as the goals that motivate us to be a team in the first place.

We spend a lot of time focusing on the negatives, because we want to get rid of them. I’m a very critical coach because I believe it’s important to seek our full potential. I don’t want you to sell yourselves short. Personally I don’t care if you have great posture or hunch your shoulders. I don’t care if you wait for your partner to lead, or shoot down the line like a rabid beast. It doesn’t make you less of a person, and some of the most inspiring dances I’ve seen have been with a Mr. Offbeat Armleading and Ms. Wiggly Hairtrigger. Who the hell cares? The reason I care is that I want to share with you the joys of taking your dancing and partnership to higher levels. And especially, because I want to hold you to the standards you’re capable of.

But at this point, before the competition, it’s especially important to focus on the positive. It’s crucial to think about what you WILL do, not what you will avoid. And it’s crucial to focus on your confidence that you’ve gotten this far, and you can get out there and do amazing things.

I thought that was very inspirational.  At least to me.  Even though this year I am not competing with any of the teams.  As for the individual divisions, well… we’ll see.  I don’t feel ready.  I didn’t get much one-on-one training.  Only one, in fact.  Add to that I couldn’t get my dance shoes either, so I think I won’t compete at all.

Also, I wasn’t able to get a new laptop so I won’t be deejaying either.  You might be thinking, what’s the point of going then?  And I’d say you’re right.  I even sent a message to the Event Director explaining the laptop issue and he insisted that I went anyway.  So I’m going.  At least, I’ll make a lot of noise when my teams are competing and when N is competing.  And taking videos.

Besides, it’ll be great to see old friends from all over the continent too.

So CSC, here we go!

KaBOOM!!!

Houston, we have a problem

Remember I told you my laptop died dead the other day?

Well, since that nice Fred Guy hooked me up with an old laptop of his, I was cool.  Everything was nice and I was doing my daily work just fine [well, with some minor inconveniences and a little bit of swearing here and there].

All that ended today.  I was having breakfast – yes, my day starts after noon, when I realized I am deejaying at the Canadian Swing Championships in two weeks from now and ALL MY MUSIC IS IN THE  $#&%ING DEAD LAPTOP.

Yes.  Can we all have a big FML now?

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