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If something isn't happening that you want to happen, MAKE it happen.

Posted by bj on Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ever since I played that square dance up at Quiet Valley last summer I've wanted to play another dance. I'll be doing that again at QV this summer as well, but once a year isn't nearly enough fun!

One of the people I met last summer at a music party was a gal named Sophie. We jammed together and got talking, and she told me about how she's an apprentice caller for square and contra dances. Hmm . . .  tried to get an event together when we were still jamming at the Riverview Art Center, but they didn't seem like it was of any interest to them, and the idea just fizzled.

When Donald offered the Coffee Coop's Coffee Roastery for another jamming venue, and ended up renting more space to accomodate the jams, Donald and I got to talking as we got to know each other. The space is suitable for a small dance. I suggested it. He LOVES the idea.

Got in touch with Sophie. She also loves the idea.

So I put the two of them together. They talked on the phone for a couple hours today. We're now working out the details for a monthly dance.

Which means I'm going to be playing dances regularly. YAY!

11 comments on “If something isn't happening that you want to happen, MAKE it happen.”

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @4:44:08 PM


bj Says:
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @4:47:53 PM

Um . . . where?

Mandogryl Says:
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @4:52:10 PM

Contra-dances are lots of fun to play at, and would imagine square dances are as well.
I've done a few COntras, and what a blast.

WoodshopFiddler Says:
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @9:03:10 PM

Sounds like loads of fun. I'm happy for you!!!!!!!

Rene Says:
Friday, June 11, 2010 @6:16:42 AM

So whatcha playing at these dances?

bj Says:
Friday, June 11, 2010 @6:25:53 AM

If it's like the last dance, I'll be playing tunes I never played before around 100 times in a row so they'll always be engraved on my brain. I will NEVER FORGET Marching through Georgia. We played it for 20 minutes straight!

I'm happy for me too! :-D

We're going to run it as a square dance, but Sophie calls contras too, so we may do some of that for an occasional change of pace.

ScottK Says:
Friday, June 11, 2010 @11:25:28 AM

Good for you! Square dancing is a really big part of the old time scene in Portland, Oregon, and it really helps energize the music community. If you and Sophie can make it out to Seattle in November for Dare to Be Square ( you would be very happy you did. It is just a ton of fun. In the mean time, Portland's square dance ring leader Bill Martin has some resources on the web that Sophie may be interested in. They're at at the bottom of the page under "Resources". Also, it's great fun to do it the old fashioned way and just push back the furniture and call a dance at a house party. Here's a video from one of ours:!v=kXZ_dNNMEKA

Cheers, Scott

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Friday, June 11, 2010 @3:26:40 PM

What if you THINK you want it to happen, yet when it does it's a disaster! Aren't some dreams best left as dreams! Just ask Gatsby. He did better before getting that Daisy or whatever her name was. Desires are tricky things, seductive indeed, and many yield happy times when satisfied--granted--but life is such that we can only control so little. Mayhap best to enjoy what comes along, the square dance here, the contraband thing there, but "making things happen" can be a tricky business. Ah! I have it! Go for it, and attempt to put this quadrilateral dance together--but don't get too attached to the results. Simple.

FiddleJammer Says:
Friday, June 11, 2010 @7:19:34 PM

I've started most everything with the disclaimer "let's try this for 3 months". Gives folks the option for bagging something that is not sustainable, but also sets the stage for renewing for another 3 months. Also, I think folks might be willing to sign up for something that is not slated to last until forever.

bj Says:
Friday, June 11, 2010 @8:01:08 PM

That's a thought, but so far everything I've put together, or been pushed into organizing has come together just fine. ** knock on wood! ** I'm blessed with great people I'm working with!

janepaints Says:
Monday, June 14, 2010 @5:11:07 AM

this is dang wunnerful news! old-time funkadelic fiddler george clinton said it best, regarding dancing as best people response to music: "free yer you-know-what and yer mind will follow" so, kin i play bongo drums?

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