Today’s post is simple and is meant to encourage you to think a bit deeper about how much you really appreciate Salsa.
Imagine this scenario – You really love Salsa! You attend all the classes and socials! You buy dance shoes and all your clothes are dance ready! You practice all the turn patterns and shines whenever you can and you socially dance this dance every chance you can get. That’s great and I am real happy for you.
However, I have 3 questions and be honest now –
How many Salsa Musicians do you know?
How many Salsa Albums and songs have you actually paid for?
How many Salsa DJs names do you know?
What constantly surprises me is how little people actually know about Salsa music. Now don’t get me wrong, I dont think you need to study Salsa music to the hundredth degree and know how every song is structured and every instrument is played. I do however think you should at least know a few of the artists that make the music and the DJ’s that play it.
How many times have you gone out for a Salsa night and one of the following 2 scenario’s plays out:
Scenario 1 – You have a venue, a group of social dancers and its amazing.
Scenario 2 – The same venue, the same dancers, but you are just not feeling it that night.
What changed? It could be lots of things, but next time this happens I urge you to pay attention to the DJ. You would be surprised how a DJ is able to make or break an event.
As a result, I think if you really want to appreciate Salsa, then you owe it to yourself to know and appreciate the Music.
How do you go about doing this?
First: Learn about some of the bands and the artists. Figure out what kind of Salsa you like and how it makes you feel when you listen to it. I mean you have 3 pairs of dance shoes, the least you can do is have 3 salsa albums in your collection that you bought and paid for.
Second: Learn about some of the DJ’s. Many people don’t realise and actually simply take for granted how important DJs are to a night of Great Social dancing. Great music that flows is an Art-form that should be appreciated.
You should know that becoming a good DJ is an investment. It takes a lot of time & money to buy the music, listen to it and then get to a point of competence where you can put together and create sets of music that get people dancing all night long.
So my words of advice to you are simple: the next time you are at a party and a song comes on that you like, walk up to the DJ and say – Thanks for that awesome track! Then ask them the name of the song and the artist. (Disclaimer: do not become a pest and ask them for the names of more than 2 songs on any given night. Otherwise it has the opposite effect. You might also offer to buy them a drink. ;) )
When you get home that night, head over to iTunes and buy the song or even better still, the album.
Show some love for all the Musicians and DJs all over the world who set the trends by getting you onto that dance floor with their sizzling hot beats.
Till next week, a Big Thank you to the Artists for making the Music and a Big thank you to all the DJs for playing our songs!