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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

Play Something We Can Dance To

The other day I was watching "Biography" on A&E about the Bee Gees and you know the parts of any show about a rock group, they play various parts of their songs. Now, I must tell you I have always liked the Bee Gees. This is a group that consistently put out great music and when I heard songs that I was not familiar with, it got me thinking about music and it’s expiration date, much like on a carton of milk. Music is not throw away. In fact, it is the opposite. It is the photographs that you keep as you grow older. That Frank Sinatra song to your grandparents is as meaningful as The Beatles are to your parents as Bruno Mars might be to you. What were you doing when you heard one of your favorite songs from your past? What was that song on the first dance you went to with your first boy or girlfriend? Was there a song playing when you had your first kiss? This is what music is about and why I love it so much.

As a DJ playing events from anniversaries to weddings and everything in between, I could get away with a music inventory of 100 songs being played at every event. There are those who want only the newest and cutting edge, I guess to show their friends how “with it “ they are and then there are those that want the same songs they hear over and over again. Now don’t get me wrong, as a DJ, I have no problem playing the "Electric Slide" or "Cupid Shuffle." and I love playing the greatest hits across the decades.  I’m probably one of the few disc jockeys that have no problem playing these songs. My job is to get people up on the floor dancing and having a good time and to me that is what a DJ does. It is a natural high to see people having a good time and I am responsible for that with the music and entertainment that I provide.  When I meet with the brides and grooms and work on their reception and start to do work on their music, I'm always excited when I get songs from them I have never heard before. It's like going up in your attic and finding a real gem buried beneath the boxes. Now most of these songs I would never get to hear played and might never know about at all, if it were not from all the input from my clients.

There's a lot of work that goes into putting songs together for any event so when you come up and say, "Play something we can dance to!" Why don't you give me the song that you want to dance to and then I'll play it along with all the other songs that have been requested that evening.

Published in Weddings Blog
Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

Disco Is Not Dead Nor Will It Ever

 Disco Ball

Well, here we are at the end of 2013 and as I look back, there was quite a phenomenon that took place in the vast wasteland of "Pop" music. Disco has raised it's head once more to prove to all those "tragically hip" that demean this genre of music that it still lives. Disco continues to seep back into our culture every time the "hipster dufuses" relegate it to its place in the history of irrelavance in music history. Thanks to such artist as Parrnell and the elusive group Daft Punk with their mega-hit "Lucky". When did anyone think that Daft Punk would be influenced by Disco and yet Nils Rodgers, the leader of the 70's and 80's group Chic, had a hand in helping Daft Punk on their album. There is no song that is more set in the Disco style with the sound of the 70's than "Lucky". If you don't feel the beat and want to get up and dance to this song, then you must be dead and just haven't been put in the grave yet. Next comes Justin Timberlake's, "Coat and Hat" with the smooth sounds of the big band but with the sophisticated sounds that was prevalent during the Disco era and Justin's other song "Take Back The Night."is so reminscent of Michael Jackson in his hey day. What a great song. Next we have Bruno Mars with his Disco influenced song "Treasure" I almost forgot Pharrell who does the singing on "Lucky" and his follow-up hit from the GIRL album, disco inspired "Happy."

What is my point to this you say?  I'm tired of the bad rap Disco gets and I know "How Cool" it is to bad-mouth Disco but the fact is it has made a major contribution to music. Rap artist have ripped it off and used it for their samples because they can't come up with anything original.

There is no music that could beat Disco for dancing. The fusion of every type of music style could be found in Disco. From Vicke Sue Robinson latin flavored "Turn the Beat Around " to the hard driving beat of Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel, Mighty Real" which by the way, was released in a club version in 2013 by Promo Only, the company that supplies music to the Disc Jockey industy. There are so many songs this article would be a book. There is one mention of a group that never made it to the states(what a surprise) from Spain "La Bionda". Their song is "One for Me, One for You" could raise the dead .It's bass driven beat is so infectious and the words so simple, it was a song that should have made the charts and be number one.

Now to turn to another area that may floor you, TV. On the Fox network is a show called Brooklyn Nine Nine with a great line-up of stars from Andy Samburg (Saturday Night Live), Andra Braugher (Homicide:Life on the Street, Men of a Certain Age)and Terry Crews (Everbody Hates Chris, Bridesmaids, White Chicks and Are We There Yet). The intro music to this comedy is straight out of the 1970's black action movies. It has that scratchy sound like a well played vinyl record with a funk beat and could easily fit into Foxy Brown, Super Fly and Dolamite movie and the list goes on and on. So don't tell me Disco is dead. It's got more lives than a cat.

We are constantly updating this page as I find more things that keep using music, styles and fashions from the Disco Era. Now  "The Goldbergs" on ABC in their 4th season, Episode13, 2017, Beverly Goldberg helps her daughter get over her lost love by dancing and that's where the disco music comes in.but over a NBC's "Chicago Fire's" Season 5, Episode 17, 2017, "Babes and Fools" the guys from the fire house get down to Disco music being played at the bar that a couple of the firefighters now own. All Ican say is, "And the Beat Goes On."

So when someone you know starts to bad mouth Disco you can read them the "riot act" and you won't be a "hipster dufus"

Update: Daft Punk walked away with the album of the year at this year's(2014) Grammy Awards. Nil Rodgers was up on the stage with them when receiving their awards.  It was so good to see Nil Rodgers playing during the Grammys that night. That guy is as good as he every was in the 70's.

Also, as I was watching TV the other night amid the thousand commericials that interrupt a TV show to the point that I would like to file criminal charges against the networks for assault, there caught my eye from Target stores a line of clothing they were hawking by Pialotto and the music they used was Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" This commercial started in January of 2014.

 Another update.May 22, 2014. Maya Rudolph of "Saturday Night Live" fame had a variety show on TV and her first number was so Disco influenced, it sounded like it was lifted from "Saturday Night Fever" During the routine a quarter moon was lowered down harkening back to the days of Studio 54 in New York City and like the song sez, "And the Beat Goes On" from the song of the same title by the Whispers.

I like to update this page as more info comes in. It's 2016 and Disco rears it's head again through a group made up of one of the Jonas brothers(whoda thunk?) called DNCE. Their hit is "Cake by the Ocean" and it is similiar sound to Daft Punk's hit  "Lucky" from 2013. Go back and listen to Disco and see for yourself if "Cake by the Ocean"does not have similarities reminiscent of the 70's. Check it out

Written by Larry Bernstein owner of Disc Jockey Services in Richmond Va.(not a hipster dufus)

 PS. If you every go to ME TV you will see the "Love Boat." It is being shown again. This was being broadcasted during the Disco Era and the title song written by Paul Williams is a disco stylized song.

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