“4SocialDancing” – a playlist of dance-able tunes of yesteryear.

I. Introduction

This blog is about my collection of 18 popular dance-able tunes of yesteryear i.e., roughly, more than an hour (01:10:32H, to be exact) of dancing and/or listening pleasure.

You have the option of playing it on your Browser OR, using the Soundcloud App which I recommend. Uninterrupted sequential-listening can be achieved by clicking on the White PLAY-button in the Soundcloud-player below, which also toggles as a PAUSE-button.

Fig. 00 – Soundcloud Dashboard

Selective playing can also be done by scrolling the tracks-gallery above and click-toggling on the selection-icons at the left side—this, may require clicking on the X-icon at the player’s top-right corner when moving back to the selection-menu.

If you are brought to or, happen to land at the Soundcloud playlist-website, you may do the following:

  1. PLAY/ PAUSE a particular track by clicking on its image-icon which will automatically convert into a play/pause-button.
  2. MORE SONGFACTS can be viewed by clicking on the song-title.
  3. Clicking the webpage’s BACK-ARROW (<-) will bring you back, to the webpage where you came from.

A. Rationale

I love to dance, and found it to be an effective way to satisfy our basic socialization instinct. To all of us who share this passion, I dedicate this project.

I also have, in several occassions, heard the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) being played in the air-waves and dance-floors—mostly, by Millenials. While I appreciate any kind of music that conform to my current mood, but I am worried that if the current momentum of EDM will persist, the traditional social-dance music will eventually become extinct.

It was on this note that I did my own research and documentation of all dance-genres that impacted my life since childhood, and enticed some of my cyber-musician friends to remotely collaborate with me for this project.

B. Track Selection, Processes and Resources

Selecting the eighteen tracks posed a great challenge to me as I practically loved all the tunes that I have covered. It was, therefore, with a heavy heart that I did it with the help of the following criteria i.e., the tunes must:

  1. Be already available in my current Soundcloud archives;
  2. Have been been originally released during the decades when I have personal experience on them—more particularly the 1950-2000s; and
  3. Maximize the inclusion of dance-genres during the above mentioned era—at least, one track each.

All the selections in this playlist were remotely recorded thru the Soundtrap cloud-facility, in collaboration with my cyber-musician friends. Mixing and mastering was done by MIDWAV Audio Arts, Graphic-support was provided by PASGARTS, and project-managed by yours truly.

II. The Playlist

Based on the above mentioned criteria, listed below are the dance-music artists/ tunes that were included—in the same sequence that they are presented in the playlist:

  1. Dean Martin – “Sway”, 1954;
  2. Fred Buscaglione – “Criminal Tango”, 1957;
  3. Chuck Berry – “Rock and Roll Music”, 1957;
  4. Chubby Checker – “Let’s Twist Again”, 1960;
  5. Engelbert Humperdinck – “The Last Waltz”, 1967
  6. VST & Company – “I-swing Mo Ako”, 1977;
  7. The Bee Fees – “Stayin Alive”, 1977;
  8. Gary Moore – “Pariesienne Walkways”, 1978;
  9. Irene Cara – “Fame”, 1980;
  10. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”, 1982;
  11. Irene Cara – “Flashdance – What A feeling”, 1983;
  12. Sade – “Smooth Operator”, 1983;
  13. Kaoma – “Lambada”, 1989;
  14. Los Del Rio – “Macarena”, 1996;
  15. Santana and Rob Thomas – “Smooth”, 1999;
  16. Santana and Product G&B – “Maria Maria”, 1999;
  17. Luis Fonsi et al – “Despacito”, 2016; and
  18. Camilia Cabello – “Havana”, 2017.

The selections were, by intent, all executed with Rock-flavors (N.B.: Bass & Drum lines) and presented chronologically starting from the sociable Tangos of the 50s, up until the advent of Electronic Dance Music (EDM), but not limited to the following dance-genre: 1-Waltz/ 2-Tango/ 3-Slow-dance/ 4-Rock&Roll/ 5-Boogie/ 6-Swing*/ 7-Twist/ 8-Cha-cha/ 9-Rumba/ 10-Lambada/ 11-Macarena/ 12-Reggae/ 13-Hip-hop.

III. Track Contents

More information on each of the playlist-contents are presented in the same sequence below, and selective listening to each can likewise be done by clicking on the corresponding artwork-images.

A. “Sway” Theme (3:14′)

Fig. 1 – “Sway” Theme

An instrumental rendition of Dean Martin’s 1954 Latin-bossa hit “Sway”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rhythm guitar by Mon Enriquez; Harmonica by Clemens W.; Electric grand piano by Wilson H.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Keyboard synthesizer by Romy R.; Words and music by Pablo Beltran Ruiz and Norman Gimbel.

B. “Criminal Tango” Theme (3:32′)

Fig. 2 – “Criminal Tango” Theme

An instrumental rendition of Fred Buscaglione’s 1957 tango hit “Criminal Tango”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rythym acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Lead distorted electric guitar by Romy R.; Drums and percussions by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Harmonica by Clemens W.; Words and music by Sly Dunbar et al.

C. “Rock & Roll Music” Theme (2:28′)

Fig. 3 – “Rock & Roll Music” Theme

An instrumental rendition of Chuck Berry’s 1957 rock & roll hit “Rock & Roll Music”—which was further popularized by the Beatles in the 60s. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rythym acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Lead distorted electric guitar by Romy R.; Drums and percussions by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Harmonica by Clemens W.; Words and music by Sly Dunbar et al.

D. “The Twist” Theme (2:07′)

Fig. 4 – “The Twist” Theme

An instrumental cover of Chubby Checker’s 1960 rock & roll hit “The Twist”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rythym acoustic guitar by Mon Enriquez; Trumpet by Jerome L.; Keyboard synthesizer by Romy R.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Trombone by Clemens W.; Words and music by Hank Ballard and Nathalie Nath .

E. “The Last Waltz” Theme (3:21′)

Fig. 5 – “The Last Waltz” Theme

A rock-flavored instrumental cover of Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1967 slow pop-rock hit “The Last Waltz”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rhythm acoustic guitar by Mon Enriquez; Lead jazz guitar by Romy R.; Electric grand piano by Clemens W.; Keyboard synthesizer by Dexter C.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Words and music by Barry Mason and Les Reed.

F. “I-swing Mo Ako” Theme (2:41′)

Fig. 6 – “I-swing Mo Ako” Theme

An instrumental cover of VST & Company’s 1977 Pinoy/OPM-Swing hit “I-swing Mo Ako”. More songfacts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rythym acoustic guitar by Mon Enriquez; Trumpet by Jerome B.; Keyboard synthesizer by Romy R.; Drums and percussions by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Acoustic piano by Clemens W.; Words and music by VST & Company.

G. “Stayin Alive” Theme (4:46′)

Fig. 7 – “Stayin Alive” Theme

Th A rock-flavored instrumental cover of The Bee Gees’ 1977 pop-rock hit “Stayin Alive”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rhythm acoustic guitar by Mon Enriquez; Lead jazz guitar by Romy R.; Electric grand piano by Clemens W.; Keyboard synthesizer by Dexter C.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Words and music by Barry Mason and Les Reed.

H. “Parisienne Walkways” Theme (6:44′)

Fig. 8 – “Parisienne Walkways” Theme

An instrumental-cover of Gary Moore’s 1978 bluesy slow-rock hit “Pariesienne Walkways”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rythym acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Lead overdrive electric guitar by Romy R.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Trumpet by Clemens W.; Keyboard synthesizer by Wilson How; Words and music by Gay Moore.

I. “Fame” Theme (4:56′)

Fig. 9 – “Fame” Theme

An instrumental-cover of Irene Cara’s 1980 pop-rock hit, “Fame”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Acoustic guitar and overall direction by Mon Enriquez; Electric Piano by Dexter C.; Keyboard-synthesizer by Romy R.; Trumpet by Wilson H.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision Bass by Bonnie B.; Words & Music by Dean Pitchford, Michael Gore .

J. “Billie Jean” Theme (4:40′)

Fig. 10 – “Billie Jean” Theme

An instrumental cover of Michael Jackson’s 1982 pop rock hit “Billie Jean”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rythym acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Keyboard synthesizer by Romy R.; Drums and percussions by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Trumpet by Clemens W.; Words and music by Michael Jackson .

K. “Flashdance – What A Feeling” Theme (3:33′)

Fig. 11 – “Flashdance – What A Feeling” Theme

An instrumental-cover of Irene Cara’s 1983 pop-rock hit, “Flashdance – What A feeling”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Acoustic guitar and overall direction by Mon Enriquez; Electric Piano by Dexter C.; Keyboard-synthesizer #1 by Romy R.; Trumpet by Wilson H.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision Bass by Bonnie B.; Words by Irene Cara & Keith Forsey; Music by Giorgio Moroderand .

L. “Smooth Operator” Theme (4:44′)

Fig. 12 – “Smooth Operator” Theme

An instrumental-cover of Sade’s 1983 pop-rock-bossa hit, “Smooth Operator”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Acoustic guitar and overall direction by Mon Enriquez; Electric Piano Piano by Dexter C.; Keyboard-synthesizer by Romy R.; Trumpet by Wilson H.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision Bass by Bonnie B.; Words and Music Sade adu and Ray St. John .

M. “Dancando Lambada” Theme (4:20′)

Fig. 13 – “Dancando Lambada” Theme

An instrumental cover of Kaoma’s 1989 latin-pop-rock hit “Lambada”—a tune written and recorded by the Bolivian Andean pop group Los Kjarkas in 1981 bearing the title “Chorando Se Foi (Lambada).” More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rhythm guitar by Mon Enriquez; Trumpet by Jonathan C.; Electric grand piano by Dexter C.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Keyboard synthesizer by Romy R.; Words and music by the Bolivian Andean pop group Los Kjarkas 1981 .

N. “Macarena” Theme (3:50′)

Fig. 14 – “Macarena” Theme

An instrumental cover of Los Del Rio’s 1996 latin-pop-rock hit “Macarena”—a song that also popularized a dance-craze of the same title back in the late 90s. More songfacts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rhythm guitar by Mon Enriquez; Harmonica by Clemens W.; Electric piano by Dexter C.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Keyboard synthesizer by Romy R.; Words and music by Jesus Bola and Manuel Soler .

O. “Smooth” Theme (4:49′)

Fig. 15 – “Smooth” Theme

An instrumental rendition of Santana and Rob Thomas’ 1999 Latin jazz-rock fusion hit “Smooth”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performer(s)/ Writer(s): Rhythm acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Lead distorted electric guitar by Romy R.; Drums and percussions by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Trumpet by Clemens W.; Words and music by Rob Thomas and Itaal Shur .

P. “Maria Maria” Theme (3:47′)

Fig. 16 – “Maria Maria” Theme

An instrumental rendition of Santana and Product G&B’s 1999 R&B hit “Maria Maria”—which won the 2000 Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. Just the same its lyrics are being provided below, and more songfacts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rythym acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Lead distorted electric guitar by Romy R.; Drums and percussions by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Harmonica by Clemens W.; Words and music by Wycleaf Jean et al .

Q. “Despacito” Theme (3:07′)

Fig. 17 – “Despacito” Theme

An instrumental rendition of Luis Fonsi et al’s 2016 Latin-reggae hit “Despacito”—a song that revitalized the Latin pop music in the mainstream music scene once again. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rhythm nylon-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Harmonica by Clemens W.; Lead acoustic jazz-guitar by Dexter C.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Keyboard synthesizer by Romy R.; Words and music by Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi and Ramon Ayala .

Q. “Havana” Theme (3:35)

Fig. 18 – “Havana” Theme

A rock-flavored instrumental cover of Camilia Cabello’s 2017 Rumba/ Slow-Chacha dance-hit “Havana”. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Rhythm acoustic guitar by Mon Enriquez; Acoustic piano by Romy R.; Electric piano by Dexter C.; Trumpet by Clemens W.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Precision bass guitar by Bonnie B.; Words and music by Camilia Cabello et al.

IV. Concluding Remarks

I hope that I was able to cover most, if not all, of the traditional dance-genre—as differentiated from the currently in vogue Electronic Dance Music (EDM).

THANK YOU Lord, for the music; to the -audience for taking the time to listen; and likewise, to the following cyber session-musicians who have contributed their talents to this project—-their respective roles were duly acknowledged in each track that they were involved: Brodie, Bonnie (US), Bulax; Flor (GB), Cable, Dexter (US); Dalaws, Mike (PR); Dews, Alex (CH); Enriquez, Mon (PH); How, Wilson (SG); Lubugues, Nancy (UK); Rodowsky, Romy (HR); and Wuger, Clemens (AT).

This project have demonstrated how the limitations in Time and Space can be overcome, by embracing the state-of-the-art AI, SCM and ICT technologies that resulted to enhanced quality and efficiency in showcasing their respective talents to an extended audience.

Depending on the feedback that I will be receiving, a second-volume may be justified in the near future. Plans are already underway for possible CD-publishing and online-streaming. Updates will be posted in our Facebook-page—do Visit/ Follow/ Like us there…

Fig. 19 – MF&TG Facebook Page

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Published by Ramon H. Enriquez MIE&M, RME

Ramon "Mon" Hojas Enriquez is a retired business executive who now spends his available time sharing the wisdom that he gained from his graduate academic preparations and more than 35-years of hands-on industry practice here (Philippines) and abroad; as an Independent Management Consultant for various industrial-firms, and as a Professional Lecturer/ Resource Speaker of leading Higher-Ed/ Training institutions in Metro Manila. He now focuses on management consulting, education and training---for the proper management of Supply-chains, Strategy-execution, and Decision-support. His affiliations with relevant leading global industry associations keeps him informed and updated on the current and future developments in the above-mentioned fields of interests. They include, among others: The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), Project Management Institute (PMI), Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Institute for Supply Management (ISM), System Dynamics Society (SDS), and Climate Interactive (CI)---and has been advocating Sustainable Development and Climate-action since 2000. Mon is a lifelong Systems Thinker and an avid micro-Blogger. His hobby includes Photography and the Graphics-arts, Singing, Guitar-playing, Songwriting; and Audio recording, mixing and mastering. When not traveling or visiting Clients, he normally spends his time at his QC-office cum studio or, at home with his Wife and dog.