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Jul 31, 2014
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James Brown on the T.A.M.I. Show, 1964

One of my favorite all-time performances. Glad to see it being passed around so much lately, thanks to David Remnick’s appreciation in the New Yorker.

One thing I didn’t know:

This was the first time that Brown, while singing “Please, Please, Please,” pulled out his “cape act,” in which, in the midst of his own self-induced hysteria, his fit of longing and desire, he drops to his knees, seemingly unable to go on any longer, at the point of collapse, or worse. His backup singers, the Flames, move near, tenderly, as if to revive him, and an offstage aide, Danny Ray, comes on, draping a cape over the great man’s shoulders. Over and over again, Brown recovers, throws off the cape, defies his near-death collapse, goes back into the song, back into the dance, this absolute abandonment to passion.

Of course, James Brown, like so many soul acts, stole straight from the church:

That falling-to-the-knees-overcome-with-emotion dramaturgy is straight out of the Holiness Church, out of a belief system holding, in the charnel heat of the moment, that a person could be overpowered by a sudden tap from the Holy Ghost. Holy Ghost jumpers were what they called those filled with the spirit in the earliest days of Pentecostalism. It was a form of possession, of yielding with glory to a higher force. Many figures in the black Pentecostal tradition wore the cape.

There’s so many things I love about this performance — be sure to note towards the end how you can see the dust from the stage on James’ knees from falling down so much. Incredible.

You can get the full T.A.M.I show on DVD here.

May 01, 2014
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Jonathan Richman dancing.

Feb 06, 2013
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Girls dancing to The Beatles

From episode four of The Beatles Anthology

Filed under: girls

Girls dancing to The Beatles

From episode four of The Beatles Anthology

Filed under: girls

Nov 24, 2012
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“Study the greats and become greater.” —Michael Jackson

Handwritten notes via @mjjphotos and Spike Lee’s BAD25 documentary, which, honestly, I would hold off on watching until the 2-hour complete version is available. (Watch the chopped 1 hour version here→)

Jun 23, 2012
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Jonathan Richman, “I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar” live on Conan O’Brien, sometime in the early nineties

(Source: youtube.com)

Jan 29, 2012
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I do not create. God creates. I assemble, and I will steal from everywhere to do it.
— Choreographer George Balanchine, quoted in "Borrowing Is Part of Dance"

Nov 03, 2011
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Degas’ Dancers: Behind The Scenes, At The Barre : NPR

The curator of a new Degas exhibit talks about the parallel between the repetition of Degas’ drawing routine and the ballet dancers he drew:

"You have to draw and draw and draw — just like a dancer practices again, again and again the same steps, the same movements in order to achieve that beautiful grace and fluidity and mastery of their art," says Rathbone.Merce Cunningham, the avant-garde American dancer and choreographer, said “dancers shouldn’t be dancers if they don’t love the dailiness of it,” adds Webre. “It’s that dailiness that Degas captured, and it’s the dailiness that’s in the spirit of his return to those subjects.”

"Dailiness." I love that—you have to love the "dailiness" of what you’re doing.

Also, something I never thought about: Degas rarely drew dancers in performance — only practice. “In their pretty tutus and sashes, they are in the process of making art — that’s the subject of Degas’ obsession.”

Degas’ Dancers: Behind The Scenes, At The Barre : NPR

The curator of a new Degas exhibit talks about the parallel between the repetition of Degas’ drawing routine and the ballet dancers he drew:

"You have to draw and draw and draw — just like a dancer practices again, again and again the same steps, the same movements in order to achieve that beautiful grace and fluidity and mastery of their art," says Rathbone.

Merce Cunningham, the avant-garde American dancer and choreographer, said “dancers shouldn’t be dancers if they don’t love the dailiness of it,” adds Webre. “It’s that dailiness that Degas captured, and it’s the dailiness that’s in the spirit of his return to those subjects.”

"Dailiness." I love that—you have to love the "dailiness" of what you’re doing.

Also, something I never thought about: Degas rarely drew dancers in performance — only practice. “In their pretty tutus and sashes, they are in the process of making art — that’s the subject of Degas’ obsession.”

Oct 18, 2011
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Sep 22, 2011
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sashafrerejones:

This .gif syncs oddly well with “Teen Spirit.” (And—thank you, Ericapolis—Robyn’s “With Every Heartbeat.”)

We were playing  “Lucky Star" in the office, so I DMed this to everyone.

sashafrerejones:

This .gif syncs oddly well with “Teen Spirit.” (And—thank you, Ericapolis—Robyn’s “With Every Heartbeat.”)

We were playing “Lucky Star" in the office, so I DMed this to everyone.

(via sashafrerejones-deactivated2013)

Aug 22, 2011
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Animated GIFs of James Brown giving you dance lessons

(Got dancing on the brain today.)

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