Photos of the Month - September 2022
Although we LOVE all of our participants at I LOVE DANCE, we select a few to highlight each and every month.

Additionally, we LOVE meeting Celebrities and people whose achievements and creativity qualifies them for special recognition.

We hope you'll check each month to see who we feature -- all deserving a huge round of applause!

BRAVO and THANK YOU to those whom we are delighted to show our extra appreciation...

We also feature a "Quote of The Month" as well as featuring inspirational content on our Facebook posts.

    September 2022
    Quote Of The Month
    Barry White
    September 12, 1944 - July 4, 2003

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    Barry White (Birth name: Barry Eugene Carter)

    During the mid-1970s singer/songwriter Barry White was the undisputed maestro of sensual soul music. Growling seductive lyrics in a deep, husky voice backed by lush orchestration, White produced a string of hit songs during the decade, with titles such as “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little Bit More, Baby,” “I’ll Do Anything You Want Me To,” and “I’m Qualified to Satisfy.”

    His repetitive melodies and danceable rhythms were major influences on the disco music that emerged later in the decade; with his 41-piece Love Unlimited Orchestra, he produced the prognostic disco hit “Love’s Theme” in 1973. The multifaceted White frequently wrote, arranged, and produced for other performers as well as himself; by the time his popularity as a singer had waned in the late seventies, his musical talents had earned him more than one hundred million dollars in worldwide record sales.

    White grew up in poverty and, like many poor black performers, got his musical start at a local church. At eight, he began singing in the choir and two years later he played the organ and assisted the choir director. Barry White's voice deepened suddenly when he was 14 years old. He later recalled: "[As a child] I had a normal squeaky kid voice. Then as a teenager, that completely changed. My mother cried because she knew her baby boy had become a man.”

    Barry had a vocal range of approximately F1-E5, and had a bass-baritone voice.

    By the time he was 16, White had joined a rhythm and blues band, the Upfronts, as a singer and pianist performing in small clubs in the Los Angeles area. He next joined Rampart Records and started composing and producing. During this time, he met performers Bob and Earl and wrote their 1963 hit “The Harlem Shuffle”.

    In 1966 White became head of A & R (Artists and Repertoire) for Mustang/Bronco Records, where he wrote, produced, and unsuccessfully recorded as a solo vocalist. While there, he met three female singers—Diane Taylor, Linda James, and Glodean James. Naming them Love Unlimited, he produced their first single, “Walkin’in the Rain with the One I Love” which turned gold.

    In 1973, White and his female associates signed recording contracts with Twentieth Century-Fox Records. His initial release, “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little Bit More, Baby,” topped the charts, the first in a succession of million-selling singles and albums which included “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up,” “You’re My First, My Last, My Everything”, “Can’t Get Enough”, and “Just Another to Say I Love You”. White’s easy-listening soul appealed to both pop and rhythm and blues audiences and was described as “sophistisoul.” In 1973, White formed the Love Unlimited Orchestra to accompany him on his concert tours. The performer and his entourage left Twentieth Century-Fox when he founded his own recording company, Unlimited Gold, in 1979.

    In 1979, Miss Kim was seated at the same table as Mr. White at a dinner banquet for Billboard Magazine held in NYC and remembers him as a charming man. (Somewhere amongst her souviners, she has his autograph on a menu from that night). She also saw him in concert many years later and still swoons to his voice.

    Barry White had one of the most instantly-recognizable voices of all time. He really did have so many hits in the 1970s, and recorded some of the most enduring songs of the soul, funk and disco era and sold over 100 million records worldwide.

    Barry White was overweight for most of his adult life, and suffered from health problems because of it. On July 4, 2003, he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was aged 58.
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    September 2022
    Sweetheart Photo Of The Month
    Sweetheart from Chicago, Illinois
    Abby Hart
    Dance Teacher: Kristen Derengowski
    Thrive Dance
    Kristen Derengowski, Director

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    September 2022
    Teacher Photo Of The Month
    Bay City, Michigan
    Ashleigh Shack-Servantes
    Ashleigh’s Dance Shack
    Ashleigh Shack-Servantes, Director

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    September 2022
    Celebrity Photo Of The Month

    Steven Johnson with Kim McKimmie
    From December 2010:
    Kim had a “Good Idea” (where did it came from?) to go to a lecture and reading with her Cousin, Janie, to the Bagdad Theatre in Portland, Oregon to hear Steven Johnson speak.

    To introduce Steven Berlin Johnson, his bibliography of SEVEN bestsellers speaks for itself..

    Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (2010)
    The Invention Of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America (2008)
    The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World (2006)
    Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter (2005)
    Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life (2004)
    Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software (2001)
    Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate (1997)

    It’s obvious that Steven Johnson isn’t just another pretty face. In addition to being a brilliant writer of popular science, he has graduate degrees in English Literature from Columbia University.

    His latest book, Where Good Ideas Come From, came out just a few weeks ago and debuted at #23 on the NY Times Bestseller List..

    Steven Johnson gave a stimulating lecture about his book topic and he says that “in between all the stories of world-changing creativity, there are a number of passages that talk about useful tools or strategies for bringing some of these insights into your own life.”

    Kim thought he was “the bees knees” and The Oregonian said that his “long-zoom view of fertile ecosystems is engaging, informative and well, inspirational.”

    In Cory Doctorow’s review, he called the book a “multidisciplinary hymn to diversity, openness and creativity.”

    Since that feature in 2010, Steven Johnson has written 5 more fascinating books and his most recent - Extra Life. He describes the book “ “If a newspaper came out once every hundred years, what would the banner headline be? Extra Life argues it would be the doubling of global life expectancy, from roughly 35 years at the end of the Great Influenza, to more than 70 today. With this book—and the companion PBS series—I wanted both to celebrate that extraordinary achievement, but also understand and document the main factors that made it possible. It’s a love song in many ways to the unsung heroes of public health—more urgent than ever in the age of COVID.”

    He is also a TV Presenter now — Host of the PBS series Extra Life and How We Got To Now and the podcast American Innovations" A big round of applause for Mr. Johnson for continuing to provide insightful writings that help us all dance with our own creativity and better understand science, innovations and how we make decisions.

    Kim’s cousin, Janie, remains a fascinating person in her own right and always keeps Kim up-to-date with the inside scoop and her unique perspective of current events on the world stage and especially on what’s happening in California, Oregon and Washington States.

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