Sunday, September 15, 2013
The Twilight Zone
As a DJ I have always had this fear in the back of my mind that one day I will be doing a dance and nothing I play will work to make people dance. All the usual favorites will bomb and I will be standing in a room full of people who are sitting down and staring at me. Well, good news! I don't have to be afraid of that happening any more because it happened last night at the single adult dance I did at our Stake Center. To say that "you never who will show up" to a single adult dance is a complete understatement. Sometimes it is a pretty 'young' group; sometimes they are a more mature crowd. Sometimes they want mostly 70's music and other times they want only the newest tunes. Saturday I got about 20 single older Spanish ladies. And Latin music is all they wanted. Which isn't a problem until you realize A) I am very white and B) I have about four Latin songs. And for the five or six non-Spanish people at the dance, they sure as heck weren't going to dance to regular music by themselves in front of everyone. It was an interesting predicament. Slow songs were a complete no-go. I did three rounds with ZERO on the floor and then had to go the rest of the night with none. That is DJ death, by the way. I had played out all my Cha Cha slides and Cupid shuffles by 9:45 and was trying to save anything by Pitbull for at least ten o'clock. Longest three hours of my life. Finally, I got some of the younger Spanish ladies to write down names and artists of Latin music and Spotify came to my rescue- which is the best DJ investment we have ever made, by the way. But the absolute weirdest part was all the compliments I got at the end! It was like some sort of parallel universe. They told me how good it was and they loved my variety and I even gave out a card. Come se dice, huh?