A House Party at the Dyckman Projects in 1976

Published June 30, 2012 by Sandee

The elevated train at the margin of the housing projects lacerated the track.  Northbound, it rounded the curve, until disappearing, the metal tail lashing flames fading to the stratosphere. From the height of the tracks, a passenger on the train saw electric blue glow around the windows of apartment 12C in the 3rd building of the complex. The faint saxophones and hyper-tribal percussion music grew louder.  The windows swelled and contracted. On the street, parked cars popped up from the concrete, crashing back down in sparks to the beat:  “Watch me now, feel the groove…into something, gonna make you move….”  Dusk colored light covered nine buildings of the complex in magenta, and the energized teenaged organism inside of apartment 12C caused streams of sweat to trickle down the cream colored walls and steam to rise from the floor.  The shades of black, brown, tan and mocha pulsated it would seem as independent rhythmic forces, but they were all part of one throbbing mass.

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10 comments on “A House Party at the Dyckman Projects in 1976

    • I’m so surprised — in fact I thought of you and assumed that you had heard of it. This is a classic break dancing song that came out before the dawn of hip hop in the early seventies. Jimmy Castor also did the song King Kong which was also one of the songs played at these house parties. I’m glad you enjoyed It’s Just Begun! It makes me think of all my break dancing buddies from back in the day, notably the one girl break dancer in our ‘hood!

      • Sadly, I led a suburban white girl’s sheltered life. My first exposure to breakdancing probably came through “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.” And I was always a classic rock fan first. I came to R&B, hip hop, soul, etc. kind of late in the game. The only advantage is that I get the joy of discovering this classic stuff now.

  • Wow. That paragraph was a smorgasbord for the senses. Like candy for the eyes and brain. Really liked it, especially the description of the “teenaged organism.” 🙂

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