Sunday, February 7, 2010

MAKI DON'T DANCE



Maki Does Disco.

I have to own up here. I can't dance. That's not "Oooh, I'm ever so shy and I feel stupid on the dance-floor". No, I can't dance. I have no sense of rhythm. None. If I were a metronome I would never have left the factory!

I have a mate who is a successful choreographer. "Anyone can dance" he told me. "I'll teach you". Twenty minutes later the gibbering wreck of a man was considering a change of vocation and could only whimper "This has never happened before..."!

I don't dislike Disco. I just feel jealous of all the people I see enjoying themselves to this sort of music. Here's a list of songs that I actually like but am not able to enjoy fully. This list is safe, I know and there are no surprises here. I really don't know if these songs are "disco" or simply songs that I would never listen to outside a discotheque, but after fellow 'spillers efforts over the last few weeks, I feel it's only right to deliver. Zero comments here would no doubt be appropriate...

We are family
Good Times
Ride on Time
Free
Solid
Ring My Bell

Cat's out the bag, as they say.

9 comments:

Abahachi said...

Nile Rodgers and Bernie Edwards were gods.

saneshane said...

Maki - I have to recommend:
'Igor the bird who couldn't sing' by Satoshi Kitamura

Igor loves music, but he sings out of tune.. eventually he awakens a like minded individual..

the philosophy of the book is not that you CAN'T do something.. it's just that you do it uniquely.

in fact I recommend any Satoshi Kitamura book even if you have to steal* a child to read them to....




*stealing children is bad by the way, that's not the recommended bit.

Japanther said...

Maki's list didn't get left out of my epic day of Spill listening of course!

The two really discoey ones (the first and last) did nothing for me i'm afraid and maybe never will....but the more dancey/pop ones in the middle are all solid gold. I have a special fondness for Ashford and Simpson as it was a prominent 7" around the house when I was growing up....

Makinavaja said...

Hey Shane - thanks for the recommendation. I'll try to track it down, although I must warn you "unique" doesn't start to describe my dancing "style"!!! My grandson (8months) is a little young for reading to but fortunately I have a couple of suitably aged nieces I can probably borrow for the purpose. It really wouldn't do for a teacher to get caught stealing children...

Japanther - you've picked my favourites too. Solid is perhaps my favourite of them all.

Abahachi - can't argue with you. I agree.

Shoey said...

Could quite happily end my days without ever hearing the 1st two ever again. Ring my Bell, however, is a guilty pleasure (but don't tell anyone). With all the ding dong ahs in it it's even a possible fit for this weeks theme.

steenbeck said...

Aren't you married to a dancer?!?

I love dancing, it's one of the things I most miss in my life at the moment. Although we have a lot of dancing in the living room with the wee ones, which is as fun as anything.

These songs all remind me of a waitressing job I had 10 years ago - it was a good one, we listened to a disco station all day long, and it really put the pep in your step. But these were all in heavy rotation, and I still love them all.

Makinavaja said...

Hi Steen, one of life's sweeter ironies, isn't it? Although Mrs Maki isn't a professional dancer she has inherited her paternal grandmother's "duende". (She was a "bailaora"). She dances flamenco with a feeling and grace that few are capable of. Years before we met she was invited on stage by La Chunga to close the set at the old Café de Chinitas here in Madrid. (A real honour, as you may have guessed). She dislocated her shoulder a few years ago and sadly no longer dances as much as she used to.
I've lost count of the times that we've been to the different ferias over here and enjoyed watching her dance. I have joined in, of course, to general amusement, bewilderment and the more than occasional frown from any purists who happened to be present!Liberal helpings of certain typical beverages don't really do that much to enhance my artistic prowess but they do tend to make me feel a little more inclined to get into the swing of things!

severin said...

Love the tracks - lousy dancer myself and own a copy of the Igor book. Sorted - innit?

Makinavaja said...

A severin comment! My first I think. Glad you liked the tracks. Bet you're not as lousy as me!