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Everything old is new again

This morning someone sent me a link to P!ink's new video, Try. I've been working on the third book in the Lost Things series, Silver Bullet, which has two sequences with an Apache Dance, and it was really fascinating to see P!ink's take on the Apache Dance. Everything old is new again! Welcome back to the 1930s!

Here's a 1934 version of the Apache Dance, and then P!nk's. And by the way, I love this song too.

Depending on where you work, one or both versions may not be worksafe.






It was a fascinating challenge to write two Apache Dance sequences in Silver Bullet -- how do you translate this into words? How do you convey something as sensual and immediate as dance in writing? You'll have to see if you think it works when the book comes out. It's an amazing challenge!

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gilraen2
Oct. 10th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
I don't find this sensual, I find it violent and highly offensive.
jo_graham
Oct. 10th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Different people have different tastes.
kickstand75
Oct. 11th, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
Yay, I have computer access again! (phooey on stupid power outages blowing out your power supply to your PC)

Anyhoo, What I find interesting in the 1930's dance is that no one is particularly shocked in the background of the video. Makes me think things were a bit wilder than what is normally written about the 1930's. lol.

And I love Pink! Had to wait to watch her vid though until the little chilluns had left the room. She was a bit scandalous. ;)
jo_graham
Oct. 11th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
LOL -- so a story! The other day my partner came in from taking our daughter to an after school lesson, and she said that she didn't like listening to WRAL in the car because they didn't bleep the expletives in the songs. "Has WRAL always played such raunchy music?" she asked. And I had to double over laughing. My dad told me that when he was thirteen, in 1937, his mom gave him hell about listening to WRAL because she didn't think that thirteen year old boys should listen to music about "cocaine, guns, and prostitution." That was Cab Calloway, and my dad was a big fan of the kind of songs that involved fast cars and faster women and drinking and drugs. WRAL -- objected to by parents for eighty years! :)

So yeah, the thirties -- not so tame!
kickstand75
Oct. 11th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
darn those raunchy music stations..... lol.

My husband says to me the other day, really, do you think the kids should be listening to this song on your iPod (We are Young,by Fun)? I had to sadly inform him that I'd already downloaded it to THEIR iPods. Thankfully all but maybe the 11 yo knows what the line "getting higher than the Empire state" actually means!
jo_graham
Oct. 11th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my daughter wants Ke$sha and Lady GaGa. I feel like I've had all these same discussions from the other side about Like a Virgin!

Also, I distinctly remember my father trying to keep a straight face lecturing me about WRAL myself, though the song in question was Prince's Little Red Corvette! :)
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