kid party from a childless dj’s prospective

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With Kevin at the KEXP Kids Dance Party, Chop Suey - 6/18/06
Courtesy of Greg Perez

I’ll say at the outset that this was one of the better gatherings i’ve played for in quite sometime. i been wanting to do this for sometime - (despite what you may have heard this was my idea.. thank you.. thank you very much..) kids are the most egoless uninhibetd people on the planet and i bet they hardly get to dance with other peoples or each other. if i had my druthers i’d do this every week. i KNOW that we’re doing this again ( most likely in the fall but i’ll have to keep the particulars secret until they’re firmed up, but i’ll say for now that i’m already thinking about what i’ll wear..)

songs i didn’t get to play but wished i had.
1. the spiderman theme by the ramones
2. ‘ time out for fun’ by devo
3.’beer barrel polka’ by polkacide
4. rainbow connection by kermit the frog - actually not a dance song but it always gives me goosebumps when i hear it in a crowded club
5. ‘let’s twist again’ by chubby checker - because this song and the peppermint twist by joey dee ( and later james brow’s ‘cold sweat’ ) saved my life when i was a kid

two songs that i played that i almost wished that i hadn’t
1. de la soul’s - me myself and i... i was completely wrong on this.. de la may be an aquired taste for the kiddies and didn’t have enough deja vu power for the adults in the mix. unlike michael jackson...
2. the powerpuff girls theme song..it has all the right elements short punchy drum and bass written by devo and sung by avril lavigne.. and
when played loudly in my house it made me and my boyfriend gesticulate and giggle like madmen , but fell like a lead balloon on the floor

on the kiddie side
this was possibly the cutest collection of kiddies i had ever seen.. ever.. some were outgoing some were super shy there was one bonified 2 year old ham and a few seemed like they were in shock. my favorite was watching the kids who dnaced in the liquid bubbles on the dance floor. they looked liked they had been dosed. and kids have the DOPEST clothes. from those shoes that light up when you walk to all the color combos and even the t shirts one cat was sportin a biz markie tee shirt.. a kid wearing biz markie!

and the adults good lord geez, there was some fine looking mommies and daddies out there. almost all of em had the inner light turned way up and were so happy in this element they positively shone. i’da introduced myself to more of youse, but pretty people make me nervous. i wished i had seen more adults dancing, but with all the parental policing that had to happen combined with socializing with other liked minded cultural people, it was niceenough to see the parents comfortable and sociable.

i think there should be three hard rules that determine when a party is over. 1. no blood 2. no vomit 3. no crying..
let’s agree when any of these three happen either in combination or singularly the party is then officially over for that individual and they should just go home.. for sunday father’s day/ kid dance party bash i fully expected there might be a little of all three even early on. even in the brightest daytime most bars are dark places with plenty of room to trip , lots of dark jutting angles, and folks almost gleefully colliding into each other. and how often have i seen the results of mixing emotion and substances result in both the physical and emotional breakdown of the hardiest in record time.. so imagine my surprise at the how little there was of any of that buisness. i didn’t see any blood , no vomit and crying? the meltdown level was surpringly low.. almost non existant even though there was plenty of sugar to ingest and that it straddled nap time for many of the kiddies. they were the best behaved , happiest and rhytmically well adjusted kids i’ve! ever s een.. although i will also say that by afternoon’s end i was almost overwhelmigly exhausted. parents are used to this but i’m not. i literally fled the joint from fatigue and when i got home i had to take a nap. and you know what? i slept just like a...baby

see you all sooner
stay well and keep dancing!,
riz

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5 Comments

  1. Richard
    Posted June 23, 2006 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    My two kids (4 and 7) had a blast. One of them not as shy as the other (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kexp/171796377) . I had been waiting for this type of event for a long time. Thanks for the great idea and making it happen. I share all kinds of great music with the kids thanks to KEXP, what better way then a kids dance party on Father’s Day. I’m looking forward to another dance party.

  2. Hollyce
    Posted June 23, 2006 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    We fled the rural ‘burbs (Duvall) for a great time in Seattle and the dance party was a blast! We brought our 4 year old son and 7 year old daughter, as well as our 8 month old daughter. They had a great time and before we even left they were both talking about the next dance party...good thing I can tell them there is one in the works! There’s one song we may have missed, but would have loved to dance to -- B-52s “Rock Lobster.” Thanks for another adventure in fantastic music! The Dad in our lives had a lot of fun, too!

  3. Jamie
    Posted June 23, 2006 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    I was in the crafts room and I heard the bass line to “I want you back’ mixed w/ ‘Walk like and egyptian’ and I made a point look and see who was doing that wonderfully fun mix. Riz, of course! That was early on and it was a great energy all the way through. Super fun event.

  4. chris
    Posted June 23, 2006 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Hey - Kevin has my tie! I get an absurd amount of compliments every time I wear that tie, and I’m hoping Kevin does too.

    If I had kids, I’d have been all over this thing.

  5. Daniel
    Posted June 26, 2006 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Know what you mean about the “pretty people” thing, but dude -- you are beautiful! Keep Smiling...

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