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Posted 4 years ago

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lisa
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In Tulsa in the '40s, Cain's Ballroom was the place to be. My grandparents, I'm told, came here to go swing dancing every weekend. Not any kind of swing dancing, but "western swing," a special kind of country music that incorporated jazz, boogie, big-band swing, and rhumba sounds.

Bob Wills was known as the "King of Western Swing," and he took residence at Cain's for seven years, between 1935 to 1942, making Tulsa the capital of this new craze.

The historic ballroom, built in 1924, has a "maple, spring loaded dance floor designed in a 'log cabin' or concentric square pattern" lit by "a four-foot neon star and a silver disco ball," according to Cain's web site.

What makes me happy is that Cain's is no hollowed-out historic shell. "The Carnegie Hall of Western Swing" now hosts the biggest names in every genre imaginable, from country & western and jazz to indie rock, hip-hop, and even drag cabaret. Some of my favorite bands, like Band of Horse and Ween, are playing the same room my grandparents used to dance in 60 years ago.

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  1. tedmunro, 4 years ago
    hi lisa im ted munro from b c canada. i make bottleart. i just wanted to thank you for liking my bottles. im always honoured when people notice my work. i live near vancouver with my wife and two older kids. i started bottles about twenty years ago . i did them for a couple of years stopped than started about two years ago. if you would like one just let me know which one and ill send it to you as a gift.
  2. lisa lisa, 4 years ago
    Ted, what a generous offer! That's so nice of you! I think your bottle art is very cool. It reminds me of Children's Fairyland here in Oakland. Have you ever been?
  3. tedmunro, 4 years ago
    lisa, i have 150 bottles cluttering my living room. last week one fell off the computer smashing itself on top of another one. they both smashed and my wife and son started whispering . i went in and they thought i would be mad. i didnt care i still had too many. help yourself. maybe the one with the 3 heart faces. ive never been that far south. i hitchiked to lexington kentucky when i was a teen and went to rino once. tedmunro
  4. lisa lisa, 4 years ago
    I work here at Collectors Weekly. Let me me ask the bosses if they'd be OK with me accepting one for the office. :)
  5. lisa lisa, 4 years ago
    Hey Ted, my boss said we'd love to have one at the office. We'll take a picture of it here.
  6. tedmunro, 4 years ago
    thats a good idea. one for the office. ill tell you im just happy someone likes my stuff. so heres the deal. if you want one bigger than a gallon you will have to pick it up and carry it on a buss. anything a gallon or smaller i can ship easily. dont get me wrong i can turn my five gallon jugs upside down and shake them but iv never shiped one that big. and please dont take the red and white brick church, i love it. pick any other one. actually give me five pics in order as some have been sold or given away. id be honoured to have one in your office.
  7. tedmunro, 4 years ago
    hi im still waiting to see which one you want for the office and where to send it.
  8. lisahix, 4 years ago
    Hi Ted,

    We're excited. We're talking amongst ourselves. I'll send you our list tomorrow.

    Thanks again!
  9. tedmunro, 4 years ago
    hello lisa. i was just checking if you got the package in one piece.
  10. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    lisa,
    I am with you on the photographs, I call them "moments in time".
  11. lisa lisa, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Packrat. :)

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