I’m sorry, you guys, but remixed pop songs absolutely count as Latin and it’s not a cop out.
As Tim Koleto said, “SD is almost always modeled intentionally after ballroom trends, and actually, the current trend for Latin is mostly remixed pop songs”
This is absolutely true.
I’ve competed samba to Sorry by Justin Bieber. We’re using Shape of You by Ed Sheeran in our formation number- this was chosen by a professional Latin dancer. I’ve competed rumba to remixed versions of All Of Me by John Legend and Gravity by Sara Bareilles, and at my last competition, there was a rumba to a remix of THE JURASSIC PARK THEME. My ballroom club likes Cake by the Ocean, Billie Jean, and the Ghostbusters theme as cha chas. Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars, Thinking Out Loud, and I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys are club favorite rumbas. Sorry, Shape of You, and Cheap Thrills are great sambas.
I’m always surprised at the number of people who are VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED to remixed pop songs as SDs, because that’s literally just how Latin works right now.
Personally, I’m happy about the diversity. Would you rather have 5000 Historia de un Amors and Batucadas in a row? No? I didn’t think so.
This is a rumba playlist by DJ Ice. It’s a bunch of remixed pop songs, for the most part, and these songs have been used at the majority of my competitions. They’re completely acceptable and often-used rumbas and I’ve never heard anyone complain about it.
Anon requested:The Seven reacting to an eighth member who has a beautiful singing voice. Here are my headcanons about what happens when a bard joins the party! This one comes with a playlist! (The title is a quote from Shaun of the Dead.)
Goodnight is over the moon when he finds that you have an amazing singing
voice. When you’re on the road, he’s the most likely of The Seven to request a
song, and is not shy about joining you in a duet. If you visit a saloon, and a piano
is available, Goodnight will inevitably ask if you’d care to sing along while
he plays a little ditty. He admits that his skills as a pianist are rusty, but
the more you sing, the more practice he gets. Goody enjoys a wide variety of
music; but his favorite to hear you sing is something that is both poetic, and maybe
a tad melodramatic.
Sam Chisolm: Sam is
grateful that you share the road with him and the rest of The Seven. Singing
goes a long way toward lightening the monotony of the road. That you have a
lovely voice, he thinks, is also good for the morale of the group. Sam is
content to listen to you sing about any variety of subjects, but there are
times when the fire is burning low and the rest of the group is asleep that he
hears you sing about mournful, tragic things. Sam would never openly ask you to
sing these songs, but he favors them, and the private catharsis they bring him.
Though Faraday’s compliments tend to sound more like insults; he genuinely
revels in your voice. He stubbornly insists that bawdy songs are his favorites. While no one contests this, it’s clear that the songs Faraday prefers are surprisingly sentimental. Faraday never directly asks you to sing a song. Instead he asks
you “How did that one song go? I can’t quite remember.” He will make vague
allusions to the song and its lyrics until you actually sing it.; at which point
he pipes down and listens while smiling as though he’s won some great victory
by outsmarting you.
While Red Harvest very much enjoys hearing you sing, it also makes him miss the
voices and music of his people. Secretly, he worries about how much of his own culture
he’ll eventually forget because he’s been so far removed from it. To allay this
fear, Red will sing to himself when he’s alone. Maybe one day he’ll share with
the rest of the group. He is conflicted, but he also finds that listening to
music is a practical way of bolstering his linguistic knowledge. He’s also
discovered that, among your repertoire of songs, he has a taste for ones about
Billy Rocks: Billy
often catches himself humming along with your songs, and drumming his fingers;
or tapping his toes along with the beat. He displays these subtle signs of
enjoyment even when you’re not singing. For Billy, one song bleeds pleasantly
and maddeningly into the other. He doesn’t know if it’s the melodies, or the
rise and fall in the pitch of your voice, but Billy is keenly aware that he
can’t –no matter how hard he tries –get the songs you sing out of his head. Billy
favors songs that take place in far-away places, and he never minds if there’s
a hint of danger in the songs.
loves listening to you sing, and he’ll also teach you songs in Spanish. There’s something in your voice that reminds him of a
lullaby he used to know. He can’t quite remember it; all he knows is that if he
finds himself in a bleak mood, or if he has difficulty settling down for the
night, your voice helps to calm whatever burdens his usually
sanguine nature. Except for a leg that might swing along with the rhythm, his
tendency to fidget also stills itself while he listens. Vasquez isn’t picky
about your song selection, but he enjoys lyrics wherein a story plays itself out.
Jack Horne: The
beauty of your voice juxtaposed with your lifestyle confounds Jack. He doesn’t
tell you that you could make a career with your voice. He figures you already
know, and that your life experience has helped to make your voice the lovely
thing that it is. He continually reminds you that your ability is a blessing to the group.
He says you sound angelic, and is typically the first to thank you for singing.
As for Jack’s taste in music, he prefers something that is simultaneously sad and hopeful, that has a
gospel bent to it.