“Morning Blues” with Julie Brown, a new “A Word on Swing,” and learning how to do them

This is the final version of a quick project that wasn’t.

I’ve mentioned before, that I got a fancy new camera last Spring; partly to take pictures, and partly to do video projects like “A Word on Swing.” I’ll probably end up doing more vlog/talk show/documentary type stuff, but I have been itching to do something more creative. Learning my way around a DSLR camera has been a bit of a process. Plus the more I learn about what goes into making really good videos with decent production values is pretty intimidating. Rather than let that keep me from doing anything, I just decided to eff’ it, and do something just to do something; hoping it’ll turn out well, but mostly to use it as a learning experience. Read the rest of this entry »

Video Addendum

I was just reading over my previous post on self promotion because 1) I’m a self centered, ego maniac who likes the sound of his own voice reading his words, and  2) I’m a terrible editor, and have to catch errors after the fact when I’m in mode 1.

In the process, I noticed that I didn’t do a very good job of covering the fact that I dumped bunch of stuff because, contrary to the claim in my post, I was mocking quite a few dancers.  I thought better of starting off my blog with that kind of tone, and besides, it was running a bit long anyway.

In the process I deleted two video’s that were part of my-favorite-routines-of-the-past year-list.  So because I have some time before checking out The Boilermaker Jazz Band at The Jam Cellar tonight, I present those videos here to keep Paul busy until my massive update later this week.

Karen Turman & Andrew Thigpen at Lindy Focus (Then later at Lindyfest and Frankie95)

Karen & Andrew’s routine stands out because it’s funny without being stupid.  Not just the moves, but also the movements right down to their facial expressions.  They’re clever without resorting to lowest common denominator humor.  They also do a good job of defying expectations at various points (like the moment at 2:24), while still doing something in keeping with the spirit of the routine.

The Silver Shadows at Frankie Manning’s 95th Birthday Festival

In the pole position of the biggest event in the history of our scene, the Silver Shadows decided not to deliver a big Hellzapoppin’ like aerial-fest, but instead concentrated more on Frankie’s contributions to the social side of our dance.   They opted to remind us of the dance’s emotional appeal to us.  It’s still not an easy choice one to pull off especially after the spectacular routines that preceded it, but it was still an incredible crowd pleaser.