Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Politics Of Dancing (vol. 7) – Curiosity (never) killed the cat!

The Politics of Dancing (Vol. 7) - Curiosity (never) killed the cat!The goal of this series is certainly not to divide ourselves, but contrary have us all thinking as to the why, the how and whatsoever explaining the obvious lack of impact of our scene, despite the existence of undeniable talents, and countless initiatives hailing from all over the world geared towards its recognition…

Always kinda funny if not when surfing here or there (but not only on Internet as a matter of fact) to see how many self-proclaimed music lovers may stay focused on the same kinda topic, as if nothing was worth to be discovered anywhere else!!! Is it to say that music is a religion? One could well think so at the end of the day, judging by the responses but also the behavior of some of us. This said, hearing this in the mouth of someone who happens to make music is a thing. Meanwhile it’s another one from the fans, that might well be compared to some denomination membership thing and all the things that such a situation suggests. The first of which resulting in a sort of sectarism itself derived from mind narrowness on many cases, and inherited from the progressive fragmentation of music along with time since the mid-80’s…

What an ironical situation we’re living nowadays, having worldwide communication available on our devices when so many of us seem to simply not know anymore talking to someone face to face… Having the world right open from a single click when so many of us would stay like stuck in their home bases, not to say their selfies (eventually hardly responding to messages on social networks)!!! As if they were afraid of what’s reputedly coming from other areas. And more widely from the reputedly unknown. Fear, preconceived ideas, conservatism, sectarism??? Nothing new though, but as many reasons belonging to each of us individually that are as many brakes in regards to evolution/progress in addition to so many attitudes from some of us.

Raise your arms, open your eyes, look ahead… Who are we supposed to be in this community, if not a majority of people looking outside the common rails??? Which means, as applied to our supposedly common interests, that our spectrum shouldn’t be limited to the sole House, Disco, Jazz, Techno, DJ this or DJ that camps. However, how many of us for instance haven’t red this or that interview for the sole reason that we had never heard of the one responding to questions???

C’mon, there’s hopefully much more than the aforementioned enlightening our horizons as there’s definitely much more than what’s displayed on the mass media channels. Could this be that because of lovin’ House Music, one can’t keep an ear on Disco, Soul, Jazz, Afro, Latin, Nu jazz, Broken Beat, R&B or even Hip-Hop (and vice versa)??? C’mon! That reminds me the reaction of some former boss of mine when telling me that there was no way to see what he considered as music for gays on his mag when I suggested him to cover House Music and Garage back in the day. Just like most of the US media do, as explained by Vick Lavender on the recent interview we’ve had. Meanwhile, I would get that same kind of negative response when suggesting to have some jazzy Hip-Hop/R&B coverage on some other dance mag a bit later on, from a reputedly quite influential guy on the electronic field telling me there was no (more) way to review anything related to what he considered as homophobic music, probably forgetting at this precise time that Mary J Blige herself was a true icon on the gay community!
Light has never come in any way when the curtains are closed, has it? So let’s F… dat once for all and just open our eyes…

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