Hi everyone!! One of our long time regulars here at PureDWTS, Nathan, asked me last night if he could write a guest blog about the Orchestra. We said “Heck Yeah!!” So, Nathan sent me this lovely piece dedicated to the Orchestra and why he thinks it’s a mistake to cut it. I agree with him and will add….Derek and Maria’s Rumba to Madonna: it’s like will never happen again. :-( Here’s Nathan:
Dancing with the Stars, as we all know is going onto its 18th season and 9th year on our television screens. That is a very big accomplishment for a series and I’m sure many of you who visit this site adore the daylights out of it. I, personally, remember when I first tuned in for the 3rd Season Premiere and how delighted I was. One of the aspects that impressed me the most was the live music that accompanied the dances. I recognized some of the songs and thought it was neat how they turned a ‘cheesy ‘80s song’ or my favorite pop song and tailored it to become a mambo or Paso Doble piece. To be quite honest, while I wasn’t impressed with the performances all the time, I have to give a special nod to Beverley Staughnton, who always made me happy with her vocals. The first time I was impressed by her was in week 4 during Willa Ford and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s waltz to “You Light Up My Life”. I had heard that song plenty and even laughed a bit when it would come on the radio. But, Beverley’s performance of it had me seeing it in a new light and in my opinion, brought a new oomph to the song. That particular song has been performed plenty of times on the show, but seriously, listen to Beverley’s vulnerability in her (to my knowledge) first performance ever of that one. It really is a pleasure to the ears. And as the weeks went on, several songs were performed really great. In fact, I can honestly say that while I of course was eager to see how my Monique Coleman did every week, I was also looking forward to finding out what the music department would do next. It was part of what made the show for me. They were performed LIVE. That aspect is one of the reasons that I became such a passionate fan of the show. I couldn’t wait to hear what “Top 40 Hit” or song from the ‘70s or ‘80s they were going to dance a Foxtrot or Cha Cha to. To this day, I still say “Ooh, that’s a foxtrot!” or “That song is totally Samba!” when I hear a song on the radio. DWTS got my imagination rolling so to speak. Read more..