Experiencing Dance & Music beyond Words

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To augment the author’s use of words to depict dance and music that accompanies Daughters of the Dance, there are about twenty-three separate blogs that precede this posting to enhance the reader’s experience of what is visualized by the author’s intentions; page number is provided. It was no easy task, but the challenge afforded the author to appreciate the brilliance, creativity, and imagination of the composers and performers to inspire.

Music, p. 41

Dance and music mediate between the sensual and the spiritual life.  Ludvig van Beethoven (modified quote)

“The year was 1915. In the mind’s eye of Andries, Cachito del Cielo..was playing. He was sensing the pull and curving manner of a sixteen-beat count….”

Music, pp. 99, 176

Dance and music mediate between the sensual and the spiritual life.  Ludvig van Beethoven (modified quote)

Experiencing the drum circles, they tend to be universal. In the words of the Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, a drum circle is “typically, where people gather to drum in drum “circles” with others from the surrounding community. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. To form a group consciousness. To entrain and resonate. By entrainment, I mean that a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together.”

It is always a celebration to life. L’chaim!


On page 99, Stefan is introduced to a drum circle. On page 176, the curandera Habika’s life is honored.

Music, p. 255

Dance and music mediate between the sensual and the spiritual life.  Ludvig van Beethoven (modified quote)

Introducing the sound of chutney-soca Caribbean music. In Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica, and Suriname, Chutney soca music is a crossover style of music incorporating Soca elements and Hindi-English, Hinglish, Bhojpuri lyrics, chutney music, with Indian instruments such as the dholak and dhanta. So what if the novel is a decade earlier than chutney-soca! It was an effort to modernize calypso. Be happy!

Music, pp. 205 & 211

Dance and music mediate between the sensual and the spiritual life.  Ludvig van Beethoven (modified quote)

 Ziggy warms the air up with his djembe drum at the landhuis, plantation home.

Later, Ziggy plays tambú rhythms (p. 211) for Yellie to dance—

The following video and those that ensue provide historical background of African rhythms in Curaçao and much more….



Music, p. 161

Credit to “I’ve looked at love from both sides now” – when Dara finally give in to her true love. Her pride gives in—

 

Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell

Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

But now it’s just another show
You leave ’em laughing when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know
Don’t give yourself away

I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say “I love you” right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way

But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all