Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Musical Influences

I attended a wedding this weekend, and it had the usual trappings: symbolic lighting of candles, padrinos, videographers, and a reception going into the wee hours of the night.  But one thing that dawned on me was the wide range of music that one has to provide in order to make a bash like that a success.

Let's see, there was the DJ, a local covers band, and a mariachi group.  With that, the possibilities were endless.  At one event, you had one musical genre followed by another:  folk, salsa, 80s, country, tejano, rap, pop, soul, etc.  Surely not everyone danced to the different tunes, but it made me wonder if music at wedding receptions elsewhere cover such a wide range of music. 

And then came the line dancing.

It was all started with some popular country song, of which its name I can't recall at the moment.  But something strange happened -- the line dancing continued, but set to another tune.  Apparently there's something out there called the "Cha Cha Slide."  It's been out for some time and it's said to be a hit at all parties.  I was taken aback by the crowd's knowledge of this practice.  But I was struck more by the morphing of one style of music into another, yet with practically the same steps.

It's obvious that I don't get out much.  Yet, I don't think it's because the opportunity is not there, but because I don't think I would ever get up on the dance floor to do the Cha Cha Slide.  To each his own.

One thing's for sure:  Laredoans like to dance.
Now here's some new music from M83:


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