Happy Birthday, Mama. I love you, and thanks for everything you do for me.
Ya know.. I’m trying to stay positive, and I don’t want to whine and complain about shit.. But its getting really fucking hard to keep from breaking down.
Djing last night was really fun.. it was an engagement party that was normal sized for a Greek party, but that just means it’s bigger than most American Weddings. lol
They didn’t stop dancing all night, and the cool part was when I put zeimbekika on, it didn’t kill the vibe. That happened at another party I did a few weeks ago, I played a solid 40 minutes of zeimbekika and everyone was still on the floor, clapping and dancing. I sometimes feel like people assume “oh, zeimbekika are on, time to go..” (well, that is the case, especially in Chicago, because for as long as I can remember, Djs at Greek clubs would throw on the zeimbekika at the end of the night, before the place closed). I always thought that was a stupid formula, you have to do kalamatiana here, syrto, modern stuff, throw on some old school and then end with zeimbekika. It gets boring.. this sounds cliche, but you figure out the crowds vibe and then go with it. I remember once in 03, when Kokkinou had a popular zeimbekiko, I was djing at this club, and week in and week out, it was a given that I play it. One night though, I played the first verse and chorus, then made it sound like I was stopping a record and played Paradise City from Guns N Roses. Guess what? everyone fucking loved it. I had the whole place singing along. The owners of the club got pissed at me, but oh well.
Back to last night and an observation I had.. For the Greeks in the US/Canada, who remembers a CD that came out in 94, called Bouzouki Party Pack? A DJ from Montreal produced the album, got local singers to redo traditional and newer songs (at the time), with a bit of a remix-ey feel to it. The album came out in 94, but it still sounds fresh as hell now. I still use songs from it, most DJs still only rely on that CD alone. It’s the album that has the house remix of Zorba, redone versions of Melisoula and Geitonissa from Kostas Bigalis… It also has this medley of songs, that starts with Glyka Glyka (pre-Kelekidou), goes to Naxa Ekato Kardies, Fige Ki Ase Me and ends with a pretty dope version of Palamakia. I’m certain you guys have heard it at Greek functions. Well, I decided to make a newer edit of those songs, that starts with Kekekidou’s version of Glyka Glyka, and then mix in the rest of the songs. BUT.. you know how the song starts, with the rappy part? It’s 50/50 with people if they like it or not.. sometimes, they hear it and get pumped and keep dancing.. other times, the crowd gets confused for that 30 seconds and when Kekekidou’s part kicks in, they start dancing again. It’s the oddest thing.
I’ve been told that I’m a good hugger by quite a few people. :)
A few things I really liked from yesterday:
1. Obviously, walking the halls of the school where one of my favorite movies was filmed.
2. Every time I see younger kids dancing Greek, it makes me happy. Seeing kids do flips while dancing tsamiko, or knowing how to dance the Ikariotiko and Pentozali, it makes happy that we’re still keeping our culture going.
3. The kids (teenagers), inadvertently doing “Duck, Duck, Zeimbekiko”. Basically it was 15 to 20 kids clapping in a circle, and when the person dancing was done, he’d run and tap the next person on the head and it was their turn.
4. The kinda nerdy (and I mean that in a good way) president of the Hellenic Club, getting major props from everyone else cuz of the DJ (me).
5. The DP Greek high school kid grabbing the arab janitor lady (almost twice his age) and was dancing tsifteteli.
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6. While I was packing up, there was a bunch of kids talking to each other and saying that they’d add each other on facebook… One girl said she doesn’t have fb, that she deleted it earlier this year. She said that it was tough the first couple days but after that it was fine. It was her decision. It’s so… I don’t want to say odd, but interesting to me that things are so different now. And its not like i’m hella old, I’m a 90s kid (ok, 90s teenager).
And lastly.. I’m glad I could help out my Greek community. They needed a dj last minute (because of malakies but anyway), and I stepped in to save the night. lol. I’m pretty sure I got quite a bit of future bookings cuz of this.
So I’m kinda pumped that I’m djing at the high school they filmed Breakfast Club in.
01.Mhtropanos - Egw giortazw panta otan ponaw
02.Terzhs - Erwta mou thalassa mou
03.Papazoglou - Fyshkse o bardarhs
04.Kourkoulis - Pws na zhsw makria sou
05.Terzhs - Tha anametrhthw
06.Oikonomopoulos - Pisteuw
07.Karras - Ta xiliometra
08.Ploutarxos - Na pas
09.Sfakianakhs - Etsi einai o erwtas
10.Zazopoulos - Xilies nyxtes
11.Terzis - Tilefwnise mou an mporeis
12.Ksanthiotis - Diwkse me
13.Makropoulos - Ths kardias mou to keno
14.Danths - De pethainoun oi agapes
15.Karras - Koitaxe pisw sou
16.Kourkoulis - Pes mou pws einai psema
17.Terzhs - Feugei h nyxta
18.Zazopoulos - De dikeologeisai
19.Berths - Den yparxw sth zwh sou
20.Ksenos - Olou tou kosmou amarties
21.Kontolazos - Sou fwnazw na rtheis
22.Poulopoulos - Xartines kardies
23.Ploutarxos - De ginetai
24.Kontolazos - Ola ta dwsa gia sena
25.Rokkos - Mono th mana mou
26.Ksanthiotis - Mono egw
27.Kourkoulis - Mia selida anamnhseis
28.Antypas - Ena sou simadi mono
29.Melas - Apopse thelw na piw
30.Zazopoulos - To taksi
31.Kwstopoulos - Den einai ekeinh
32.Poulopoulos - To stoixhma
33.Rokkos - Feggaria mou vasilemena
34.Ksanthiotis - Kapoies nyxtes ponane
35.A.Bardhs - Miso tsigaro
36 Kourkoulis - Tis zwhs mou ta feggaria
37.Gonidis - Oi pliges oi dikes mou
38.Mhtropanos - Etsi ton eida ton ahto
39.Ploutarxos - Ta gerakisia matia mou
40.Klonaridis - Thalasses
41.G.Kollias - Twra ti kanoume
42.Kyriazhs - De proskynhsa
43.Melas - Kathgorw
44.Basileiou - Dikase thn
45.Rakintzhs - Pote de gyrisei ksana
46.Karras - Phra th psyxh mou kai efyga
47.Boskopoulos - Karsilama (Apopse hrtha gia na piw)
48.Sfakianakis - Anhsyxw
49.Kontolazos - An m’agapouses ligo
50.Mhtropanos - Akou
51.Adamantidis - Allh h monaksia
52.Xristodoulopoulos - As erxosoun
53.Dantis - Kommatia
54.Parios - Elega
55.Melas - Mi mou peis pws magapas
56.Karras - Exw anagkh na vgw
57.Margariths - Pws na se ksexasw
58.Mhtropanos - Mhpws den eprepe na fygw
59.Xristodoulopoulos - Tha rthei
60.Rokkos - Oles oi agapes mou
61.Gonidhs - Tha polemhsw
62.Karras - Afou me skotwneis
63.Terlegkas - Den ypoferesai
64.Kostopoulos - Posa exeis na matheis akoma
65.Boskopoulos - Me prodwsan oi filoi mou
66.Sfakianakis - Daneio zwhs
67.Karras - Kai mh me psakseis
68.Parios - S’agapw gia mena
69.Terlegkas - Oi strofes
70.Gonidhs - Arrwstia mou
Μετά από λίγο χτυπάει το κινητό της και σκάει το μήνυμα που γράφει: Είμαι στην τουαλέτα. Τί να στείλω;” —borrowed from my cousin’s fb page.
Q: Πως λες ‘θέλω να σου δώσω ενα φτηνό βιβλίο’ στα Αγγλικά?
A: I would like to give you a cheap bookie.
Γυναίκα : Να με πηδήξεις θες ?
Άντρας : Και έξυπνη !” —