Music and a Memory – The Sounds of West Coast Swing


“Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand.” – Stevie Wonder 

The musical tales of my first westie event. 

Latch (Acoustic) – Sam Smith

Watching Michael and Malia interpret this version in a lyrical and beautiful way in person is truly special. Sam Smith’s voice is so prominent in the acoustic version. The words stand out even more. Kielbasa and San Nicolas add movements to the words so gracefully. Truly a portrait of what dancers aspire to be someday.

#beautiful – Mariah Carey feat. Miguel 

Late night social dancing creates an ineffable enchanting atmosphere.

My dancing minutes wire down at 4:30 a.m. I request “#beautiful” for my last dance of the night. I ask the M.C., Brent Key, to dance. The record’s melodic guitar line offers so much room for creativity. Brent gave me so much to improv. The track’s driving drum line compliments his decorative footwork. A dance you hope for when you go to these events.

Don’t Wait – Maipei

I cringe thinking about my dancing at the pre-party BBQ. This was before endless hours of social dancing at W3. The pre – “When Steph found her groove” era.

“Don’t Wait” plays over the loud speaker, and I feel this tap on my shoulder. I turn around, and it is Michael Kielbasa.

The song strongly suits Michael. The tempo allows him to both elongate and syncopate patterns in a highly musical way. The music and dancing combine together to tell a story. In a 3 minute social dance, there was an apparent beginning, middle and end. “Don’t Wait” – a significant track to the soundtrack of my westie journey.

Discover your own WCS soundtrack. I hope when you listen to it, a feeling will spark… The feeling of being completely intoxicated with joy.

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