Archive for April, 2015

Forget Art, Let’s Dance (extended Dance Party mixed tape by Dr. Winch)

Posted in Dance, Music, Uncategorized on April 21, 2015 by Mr. Winch

Get On the Floor

“Celebration” Kool & the Gang (1980)

“DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” Usher (2010)

“Hey Ya!” OutKast (2003)

“Family Affair” Mary J. Blige (2001)

“Time Of Our Lives” Pitbull and Ne-Yo (2015)

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Cyndi Lauper (1984)

“Turn Down For What”  DJ Snake and Lil Jon

“Love Shack” B-52s (1980s)

“Rock and Roll High School” Ramones

“Let’s Dance” Ramones

“The Crunge” Led Zeppelin (1973)

“Bad Boy Boogie” AC/DC

“Riff Raff” AC/DC

“Anarchy in the UK” Sex Pistols

“Walk this Way” Aerosmith (1975)

“Walk This Way” Run DMC (1986)

“Super Freak” Rick James (1981)

“1999” Prince (1983)

“Sex Machine” James Brown

‘Uptown Funk’ Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

“Brick House” Commodores (1977)

“Rollercoaster” Ohio Players

“Flashlight” Parliament (1978)

“Car Wash” Rose Royce (1976)

“Dancing Queen” Abba (1976)

“I Feel Love” Donna Summer (1977)

“Heart of Glass”  Blondie (1977)

“Le Freak” Chic (1978)

“Ring My Bell”  Anita Ward (1978)

“Boogie Wonderland” Earth, Wind and Fire (1979)

“Rapper’s Delight” Sugarhill Gang (1979)

“King Tim III” Fatback Band (1979)

“(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)”  Beastie Boys (1987)

“Dancing With Myself” Billy Idol (1981)

Slow it Down

“Easy” Commodores

“Thinking Out Loud” Ed Sheeran

“All of Me” John Legend

“Time After Time” Cyndi Lauper

“Strawberry Letter #23” Brothers Johnson (1978)

“Wonderful World” Sam Cooke

“No Woman No Cry” Bob Marley

Mid-tempo transition

“Wonderful World Beautiful People” Jimmy Cliff (1969)

“I Can See Clearly Now”  Johnny Nash (1972)

“Brown-Eyed Girl” Van Morrison (1960s)

“All Night Long” Lionel Richie (1983)

“Why Can’t We Be Friends” War (1975)

“Lowrider” War (1975)

“My Girl” Temptations (1960)

“What’s Going On” Marvin Gaye (1972)

Baby Love” The Supremes

“Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” 4 Tops

“ABC” Jackson 5

“Everybody is a Star” Sly & the Family Stone (1960s)

Get On the Floor (Again)

“Is This Love” Bob Marley

“Stir it up” Bob Marley

“Three Little Birds” Bob Marley

“Shout” Isley Brothers (1960s)

“I Want to Take You Higher” Sly and the Family Stone

“Stand” Sly and the Family Stone (1960s)

“Dance to the Music” Sly and the Family Stone (1960s)

“Everyday People” Sly and the Family Stone (1960s)

“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)” Sly (1960s)

“C’mon Ride It (The Train)” Quad City DJs (1996)

“Loco-motion” Little Eva (1962)

“Shotgun” Jr. Walker (1960s)

“Superstition”  Stevie Wonder

Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” The Temptations

“You Can’t Hurry Love” The Supremes

“Upside Down” Diana Ross (1980s)

“Hips Don’t Lie” Shakira (2006)

“Don’t Stop the Music” Rihanna (2007)

“Let’s Get It Started” Black Eyed Peas (2004)

“Hotel Room Service” Pitbull (2009)

“On the Floor” Jennifer Lopez (2011)

“Bust a Move” Young MC (1989)

“Wild Thing” Tone Loc (1988)

“Wild Thing” Troggs (1960s)

“Tequila” The Champs (1960s)

“Louie Louie” The Kingsmen (1960s)

“Don’t Leave Me this Way” Thelma Houston

“No Diggity” Blackstreet (1996)

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A Cafecito Story By Julia Alvarez (Book Review by Jack Dvorak)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2015 by Mr. Winch

A Cafecito Story is a tale of Joe, a once hardworking farmboy, now a teacher. Though he once loved farming, the cost of living became more and more expensive, forcing Joe to seek out another way to make a living.  in this case teaching.  During a vacation, Joe meets Miguel, a coffee farmer in the Dominican Republic, and they spark a friendship. Joe teaches Miguel and his family how to read, and Miguel teaches Joe how to farm coffee.

The whole story is centered around the concept that hard work pays off. Joe discovers the higher quality of coffee Miguel makes, due to his more difficult methods. And while it may not be efficient, it’s a much higher quality. Which, in Joe’s eyes, as an ex-farmer, is worth it. So, wishing to farm again, Joe begins to teach Miguel and his family how to read and write so they may negotiate better terms with their buyers. In return, Miguel lets Joe help him farm.

Joe had at last, found his true calling once more. Farming. Miguel had taught him what it meant to be a true farmer again, without all the pesticides and crazy machines. But with tools and hard work. On the flipside, Joe taught Miguel how to read and write.  His children could write their names, and the contracts were understandable. At this point, a sudden respect for the others skills began to evolve in Joe and Miguel. They had learned a lot from each other.

My personal favorite part of the story was the way in which they portrayed Miguel’s sudden respect for the book in Joe’s hand. The way in which his curiosity seemed to peak at that moment was very well done, or so I believe. Though this was more of a light moral fable, this book was pleasant all the same. It reminded me the pleasure of standing back from a job well done and admiring your work.

Nice and thought-inducing, this story has a vibrant emphasise on nature’s aesthetic beauty.   While it’s not an action-packed book with a clear hero and villain, it makes the reader think about the way in which one does things.  This was a calm and easy-going read, with an interesting way of delivering the moral.