Sunday, August 24, 2008


I was down in SLO practicing solo blues with Mary, and we made some tentative plans. We both really want to go to BluesShout in Chicago (sometime in March I think), but that's one expensive trip - flights plus event plus food for a weekend etc. But we'll figure it out. And Mary and I pretty much want to do everything, so ... I know I'm competing again, in as many events as I can find partners for, and hopefully Mary and I are doing a routine.

First step ... find a song. I think we want something a little more vintage.

I'm excited ...


I went to Roots last night after my dad's birthday dinner. It was the smallest turnout I've ever seen. Not including Damon, Liz and myself, there were at most only two people in the room at any point. So I basically spent the night hanging out with Damon and Liz, and I got some awesome feedback on my dancing. Here's what I need to work on:

-Think more athletic, less dancing. I need to be more into the ground, bend my knees more. I'm sure it will help my follow, but it's also an aesthetic thing.
-Don't whip through my turns. I think this is a leftover of my ballet training. I don't spot any more, but I need to make my turns consistent.
-RELAX! This is my constant problem. It's slowly getting better, but I have so much tension, and it's hard not to let that affect my follow.

Yay for feedback!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Christine/Graham's Going Away House Party

I should throw house parties more often - our house is such a great space to do it in.
I didn't DJ much, just a short set towards the beginning of the night.

- Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman
- Six O'Clock Blues - Eric Bibb
- Come Home Blues - Jennifer Nettles Band
- I Put A Spell On You - Tab Benoit
- Why Should I Suffer With The Blues - The Canes
- In The Mississippi River - Mavis Staples
- St James Infirmary - Bobby "Blue" Band
- Down In The Swamp - Tab Benoit
- Down Home Blues - Etta James

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Backroom Blues - House Party

Small party, chill atmosphere, organically deteriorating from dancing into ... sleeping? It was late ...

Burning Fire - Otis Spann's South Side Band
Denver Blues - Tampa Red
Come Rain or Come Shine - BB King & Eric Clapton
My Kind Of Gospel - Michael Pewny
Dr Feelgood - Aretha Franklin
I Put A Spell On You - Tab Benoit
Three O'Clock Blues - BB King & Eric Clapton
Why Should I Suffer With The Blues - The Canes
Frisco Blues - John Lee Hooker
Six O'Clock Blues - Eric Bibb
Down In The Swamp - Tab Benoit
The Thrill Is Gone - BB King
Black Night - Buddy Guy
Sinner's Prayer - Eric Clapton
I Can't Quit You Baby - The Otis Rush Blues Band
Got My Mojo Workin' - Asylum Street Spankers
Come On In My Kitchen - Chris Thomas King
Rosewood - Cassandra Wilson
Nice And Warm - Tab Benoit
In The Mississippi River - Mavis Staples
Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down - Eric Bibb, Rory Block, Maria Muldaur
People Grinnin' In Your Face - Ruthie Foster
Peel Me A Grape - Diana Krall
Le Ballet - Celine Dion
Wade In The Water - Blind Boys of Alabama
Georgia On My Mind - Gordon Webster
Choux Pastry Heart - Corinne Bailey Rae
F-Stop Blues - Jack Johnson
My Blues After Hours - Mojo Blues Band
Hide And Seek - Imogen Heap
Hypnosis Theme - Wax Tailor