Yoga

Our instructor, Grace, is telling us how to do certain stretches to relieve areas that tend to get tense under stress such as the shoulders, neck and back. In this particular section, she has us imagining becoming one with the floor, to feel ourselves sinking in relaxed. The lights in the room are very dim…

A night of music

An evening at Fiddler’s Hearth open session is an evening well spent. Playing a variety of Irish melodies, the musicians who partake in these sessions come together to form a welcoming, entertaining environment. Below is a preview of what one could hear when listening to this traditional Irish music. Depending on the night and what…

Interview with Terry Clines (2)

During our interview with Terry, Allie and I got to learn a lot about Mariachi music–not just at Notre Dame, but in general.  We were interested in how their group compares to more traditional Mariachi bands and what qualifies a band as Mariachi.  Below is an excerpt from Terry’s interview.  The conversation started with questions about rules…

Practice Makes Perfect

While sitting in on MariachiND rehearsals, Allie and I were always impressed by the amount of work the group tackles and how far the songs come in just a short, one-hour rehearsal.  Plus, they only meet once a week.  Below is a clip of a song entitled “Matalas.”  We used this song in a previous…

Listen to MariachiND

After talking to Terry and getting more information about the group and their music, it was interesting to go back and listen to our recordings again.  In this upbeat excerpt, it’s easy to hear the guitar holding the beat, being used in the percussive way that Terry mentioned.  Another fun element in this song is the rapid…

A (brief) History of Saris

Saris are the traditional outfits worn by Indian women. They consist of a petticoat, a blouse that is cropped at the midriff, and a piece of fabric that is draped around the waist and over the shoulder. The word sari comes from the Sanskrit word śāṭī meaning “draped fabric.” The origin of the outfit stems from the hot…

Dance, Dance, Dance!

Tonight was an especially exciting night for Latin Dance Night! They not only had a guest dance instructor teach the group lesson but they also announced their new name change. Latin Night is now known as South Bend Latin Dance. The vibe was electrifying tonight as people hit the dance floor. Kristen Drahos and her…

Dancing in a Winter Wonderland

Katie and I were able to attend the Winter Contra Dance event on November 21st, 2015 at St. Paul’s Memorial United Methodist Church. The caller for this event was Thos Lankston and the music was provided by the Riverrun Country Dance Band. It was very exciting to be able to see such an energetic group…