Songs hoping to be danced

Fire on the BayouOccasionally I will come across a song that has such a great groove, I’ll buy it and edit it down to dance length because I just KNOW someone will want it. I call this category of song “Songs hoping to be danced.” So here are the latest four songs hoping to get danced:

The Meters – Cissy Strut
Taio Cruz featuring Kylie Minogue – Higher
Mike Stern – Showbiz
The Meters – Fire on the Bayou

I discovered The Meters because Public Radio’s Marketplace used a segment of Cissy Strut in between news stories. Since I was in my car when I heard it, and did not have time to fire up the Shazam app on my iPhone, I would have never been able to find out the name of the song. But fortunately, Public Radio lists all song interludes used in each episode. So I was able to use MarketPlace’s web site to look it up online. Turns out this one is from 1969. I had never heard of The Meters, but this cajun funk band had two of the Neville brothers in it.

Songs edited this dance season

I’ve been busy here at Squirrel Trench Audio getting songs ready for the upcoming competition season. It’s been a blast doing the music editing for this Top 10 studio, and I can’t wait to see the amazing routines this studio will do with the music this year!

The piece I am most excited for is a medley/original creation we’ve called “Pixie Hollow.” This character piece for 8-10 year olds was envisioned by dance instructor Lesley Lambert. She supplied me with several related pieces of music, including spoken voice, which I then wove together into a spritely montage. I know this is going to win some awards this year!

Other songs which I’ve edited this season include:
Jump, Jive & Wail – Brian Setzer Orchestra
Dancin’ Fool – Ballroom Orchestra
Fabulous – Chelsea Staub
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Three Girlzz
Let It Snow – Brian Setzer Orchestra
I Want To Go To Hollywood – Sutton Foster
Walk This Way (a fun medley which transitions from a Ballroom Orchestra swing version of the song to Aerosmith live)
Won’t You Charleston With Me? – Harvey Evans & Sandy Duncan
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) – Charlotte Swing Masters
All I Want – Bobby McFerrin
One Way Or Another – Mandy Moore
Fever – A Fine Frenzy
That Old Black Magic – Jeremy Davenport
Cheek To Cheek – Eva Cassidy
The Dynamo of Volition – Jason Mraz
Gravity – Lucy Schwartz
Dynamite – Taio Cruz

All these songs will be danced at the Headliners’ competition in Lowell MA from March 11-13, Star Systems in Worcester MA from March 25-27, and at OnStage New York competition in Springfield MA from April 2-3.