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Dancing on the Half Beat w Jarvoid

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Ceroc (Ser Rock) is a style of dancing that seems to have become very popular over recent years and this song is a little story of a very good friend and his girlfriend for a time. This chap once said “There’s nothing more enjoyable than dancing on the half beat”. I’m still not sure what that means despite his explanation but I really liked the line which was the starting point for the song. He also often comes out with lines that I really like including “I’m easy to please but hard to amaze”.

Jarvoid and I did this song back in the summer and for ages I’ve held it back thinking I needed to add more to it. But then I came to realise the two guitars represent the two dancers. The acoustic (Open G Tuning) is the solid and steady male whereas the electric is the adventurous and swirling female. My huge thanks to Chris for his amazing guitar on this one. Time to let this song head out onto the international dance floor!
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Dancing on the Half Beat

It’s the usual story
Man meets a woman
Physical attraction
Not too hard to see

Sometimes he’d revel
In self deprecation
Keep doing all the right things
For all the wrong reasons

But she taught him to dance
Loose that fear of looking foolish
A calculated risk
Without doing the calculations

Now he’s dancing on the half beat
He’s very easy to please
He’s dancing on the half beat
He’s harder to amaze

She taught him more
Than he’d ever known
Happier than he’d ever been before
Half beat dancing across the floor

He tries hard to remember
To keep one eye on his ego
Not too high, not to low
Half beat dancing way to go



But then it all ended
As these things sometimes do
He lost the girl
And he walk from the dance floor

But sometimes he still dreams
He’s dancing with her
Sometimes he dreams
He’s dancing still

He’s still dancing
He’s dancing with her
He’s still dancing in a dream

© Mark Spruce June 2010
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magnatone said 3245 days ago (December 3rd, 2010)
Dancing on the Half Beat
YES - so glad you let it out onto the international dance floor! i've never heard that term either, but but you sure made a great song out it! cool lyrics, great guitars and you're right - it doesn't need a thing! great job and thanks!
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jdholliday said 3244 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
performance by 2 of my fav artists here, great job mark, might want to mention w/jarvoid in the title.
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DWL said 3244 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
Great hook!
And a nice analogy with the two dancers.

Very atmospheric in this form.

Nice playing.


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dave_b said 3244 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
Dancing on the Half Beat
Nice vocals. Really nice playing on both the acoustic and the electric. I agree with you on "easy to please harder to amaze, good line.
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Vic Holman said 3244 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
great tune! all sounds good here.

i find the lead guitar with the effects an interesting variety to the sound.
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mrattue said 3243 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
The old story
Like the idea of two guitars representing dance partners. It would be interesting to try and convey the sense of the song without lyrics, perhaps? An uncertain start, then building to the full flow of dynamic togetherness, then fading to a sad, but still beautiful and ongoing finale, all within the structure of a dance.

As you say, the story is such a well known and common one, that the majority of people would need few clues.

Just an idea! I did enjoy this version a lot, but i think the idea deserves developing and extending (by someone more talented than me, i hasten to add!)

Interesting and enjoyable post.


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VicDiesel said 3240 days ago (December 8th, 2010)
This is a pretty good song no matter what, but that twirling electric part really lifts it to a new level. Very good!
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paul f. page said 3239 days ago (December 9th, 2010)
Dance Floor...
My first impression was sort of a hazy-light dance floor or maybe even a roller rink in cloudy light...There is a real "presence" to the sound you create here, something that feels real and life. Very engaging sound that keeps my interest from top to bottom. Nice.
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jiguma said 3239 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
I really like this - I had incredible trouble getting my head around the beat. Then I realised I didn't need to! There was a sense of two different sets of timing going on here - between the acoustic and the electric - quite a trick! Love the lyrics too. A very odd, but very enjoyable tune.
Cheers from Oz,
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Jarvoid said 3238 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Bloody Hell...
we done sunfin' right...nice one Mark thanks for inviting me along to this,it was a different experience for me and a challenging one .Cos I had to restrain meself ...or rather be restrained from just going all balls out on the guitar....your words of wisdom and guidance were well manifestedin the outcome.


(And I do rather like the lady in the artwork!)
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ste said 3237 days ago (December 11th, 2010)
guitar tone.
like the song idea. on the halfbeat.
lovely job
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lengold said 3235 days ago (December 13th, 2010)
Something very
unique sounding about this that I really like. Lovely lyrics, vocal and I love the guitars.

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falcef said 3234 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
Dancing on the Half Beat w Jarvoid
Hello good musician the song is beautiful and interesting sounds and vocal parts are good choice and rhythm. Congratulations and best wishes from falcef hello in Italy.
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christopherpsly said 3232 days ago (December 17th, 2010)
Hi Mark/Steve
You know, I never think any of my work is complete, so I know where you're coming from!
I like this work of yours and am all the happier for listening to it.
Oh...and I'm from Notts too!
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christopherpsly said 3231 days ago (December 17th, 2010)
Hi Mark
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