I, like many, am mourning and listening to Prince‘s music. Over and over again.
Since I’ve been thinking a lot about music and partner dancing recently, this lead me to think about what I would dance to each song. Especially when Leader of the Band popped up in my playlist and screamed Cha-Cha at me. Of course a lot of his seminal work has more of a blues feel that I would associate with West Coast Swing (or possibly even more directly blues dancing). But there are certainly some things in his catalog that one might Quickstep to (Let’s Go Crazy) or dance a Slow Foxtrot (Strollin‘) to.
Here’s a link to the list of Price songs currently in the music4dance catalog. If you’ve got other favorites (along with what you would dance to them) let me know by responding to this post or sending feedback and I’d be happy to add them. Or sign in and vote on what style you would dance to the songs already in the catalog.
The Prince Feature
One of the things that I noticed as I was looking for Prince music in the music4dance catalog was that I hadn’t implemented an artist page of any kind. You could search for Prince but you would both get everything I had catalog by Prince and everything by Prince Royce songs with Prince in the title. So I did a quick fix – if you click an artist’s name you’ll be taken to a page with a list of the first 100 songs I’ve catalog by that artist. Since I’m only tracking artist by the full name this has a couple of implications, one of which is that Leader of the Band won’t show up under Prince since the artist is actually “Sheila E. featuring Prince and The E Family.”
You can, of course, still search for Prince and manually go through the songs to find the ones that actually involve Prince, but that’s obviously not the perfect solution. How much does this matter to you? Is it important to have a more specific idea of artist when you’re sorting through songs to dance to?
As always, please send me feedback or just respond to this post with any issues or ideas.