But there's not a ton of blues dancing in my home scene. Related to this, I am pretty stinkin' excited that a friend of mine who I love dancing with has agreed to make a short trip down to visit in January (when neither of us are traveling much) to work on some blues stuff with me. I would be excited to work with him anyway, but I'm especially excited because, due to the lack of blues around here, I don't get to practice as much as I'd like.
I expressed this sentiment to him this morning on fb chat, and he totally called my shit.
He challenged me to practice my solo blues to 3 songs a day, every day until we meet again. Oh snap. He's totally right, of course. While I may not be able to practice certain specific things without a partner, there is so much I could be doing to work on my movement by practicing solo movement.
And having a literal schedule/challenge would be helpful to me, I think. I have not been good at all at resolving to practice in the evenings when have a lot of stuff and things going on and am already tired, so I decided that in the morning, right before I go to work, might be my better practice time.
So after signing off of chat, I clicked on Pandora, starting with Big Mama Thorton (no song specified), and let it play me three songs, since I don't have a large collection of blues music. I have a hardwood floor in my living room, and I danced in my socks. 3 songs took about 10 minutes.
Here are the songs I got:
Big Mama Thorton- Your love is where...
Otis Spann- Natural Days.
BB King- You done lost your good thing now
I actually filmed the latter two songs, for my personal review, and it's amazing how much better even the third song is than the second. If I actually mange to do this with a degree of consistency (say, at least three times a week or more) for the next two months, if I am very brave, perhaps I will post a "before" and "after."