Dance. It’s a long honored tradition and a celebratory ritual dating back thousands of years. And if you havent done it for a while, I highly recommend it. Not only is it great exercise for the body ( use it or lose it ); its great exercise for the soul.
When the music is slamming, the lights are dim and bodies are in fluid motion…the world disappears and left in its ugly place is just the music coarsing through your veins!! And after endless months of political banter it was nice to escape that for an evening and enjoy some good ol’ fashion Rock N Roll.
So I wondered how many people dance, you know when they’re not out at a club? Myself I dance at home, when noone is looking and especially on newly waxed wood floors with clean white socks!! I mean who could resist? But I also sometimes dance under the moonlit sky with my girl close, swaying, like back when we were young. And it never grows old, New Hampshire. Florida, its all the same, if you let the music in, the song will follow. I love to dance, and last night reminded me why. Its just pure joy and fun! Whether you’re shaking what the good Lord gave you, or softly sharing the space and moment with someone special, dancing makes you feel good deep down inside. It’s magic here on Earth. And if you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending the ballet or modern dance, or even professional ice skating performances, you understand what I’m talking about and the intense emotional power dance can possess.
But dancing is also fun to observe in a social setting and some of the best people watching ever! Imagine pre-historic times and being present to witness the mating dance of a giant T-Rex, limbs flapping in the breeze!! The proud peacook colorful and struttin’ its stuff!! The badass wannabe gangsta whose got the moves like Jagger!! And let us not overlook the cutest damn couple who’ve shared the same bed for more than 60 years as they hit every beat from the ballroom dancing class taken more than 30 years ago, but who can’t remember where they parked the car. Now that is some of the sweetest shit I’ve seen in years. I love watching people connect, really connect on that kind of level. Two bodies, moving as one well oiled unit. There’s simply nothing better. I’m not sure what I enjoyed more, being with the people or watching the people? It was just what the doctor ordered.
That said, my own knee was well-oiled last night thanks to the miracles of cortisone, and allowed me to really get up close and enjoy the action. Thanks Dr. J, I’m really going to miss you. I even got to jam down on the bass, and it was such good fun! The band was good, although I’m now officially hooked on Studio54 which transported me instantly back to FunkyTown where I found myself humming the tunes for days, still these guys held their own (and a female lead vocalist who carries the night and range of male dominated songs, must always be applauded and recognized). Can’t wait to kick up the heels with them this New Years Eve!
Interestingly, a topic of conversation were dance classes at the community center? Does that make me sound old? And is it the dance lessons part, or the community center part? Well shoot, it might be both. Afterall I am a woman who just discovered the sheer wonderfulness of compression socks! Truth. They are amazing! My legs havent felt this energized in years, and being 50 (and proud of it) it definitely IS the little things that count. So back to the little matter of dance lessons. Should I do it? Another couple is interested, so I (we) wouldnt be alone four fumbling feet on the floor. I’m going to give it some serious thought, cuz it sure looked like fun and this old dawg just might be able to pick up some much needed ‘grace’.
So the next time you have the chance, let the spirit move you. Dance! It’ll lighten your load. Free your soul, and just soar baby, soar! There’s so much we struggle with on a daily basis. Work. Age. Wrinkles. Aches. Loss. Worry. Regret. We all have it, none more than the next, just a different burden, the weight still carried, a constant companion. But We also share something else, we all got but this one life and we should spend more of it with music in our hearts, if we do that, the feet will surely follow. I can guarantee you the smile will.
So……..Have a most beautiful weekend and thank you to our brave veterans who sacrifice so much of themselves in the name of public service. In your honor I devote my morning to public service and helping hurricane Sandy victims. Peace!