Friday, September 28, 2007

I should be dancing (yeah!)

Okay, I think that it is a function of you can't always get what you want. Of course, since I am unable to walk, I of course do not dance. Yet it is something I'd love to do. Perhaps I think more about this when we have our typical Saturday Night Feast (get it?), when two of the boom box FM stations are programmed for Disco (97.5 and 107.9), one to Big Band/Swing (90.1), and one for oldies (102.9). All of these have songs that are so danceable...
Disco would be the best for this. I never really appreciated the genre in its day, as when I was in college I fancied myself as more of a rocker, so avoided most of those songs. Today, though, I really like this style, so it is no longer a guilty pleasure. It is that dance beat that makes me want to move right now. Even if this is not your style, I would defy anyone (with legs, anyway) to not dance to Boogie Wonderland by Earth Wind and Fire:

"I find romance
When I start to dance
In boogie won-der-land.
Dance, boogie won-der-land, etc"

John Travolta danced great in Saturday Night Fever. However, I would like to dance to other styles as well. I really enjoy all those old movies with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire that involve those wildly choreographed dance sequences. The music is different, but any catchy tunes from the Big Band or Swing era can be danced to without much provocation. Astaire sings and moves and taps so effortlessly:

"Steppin' out with my baby
Can't go wrong 'cause I'm in right
Ask me when will the day be
The big day may be tonight"

I would love to move like this! I like lots of old songs. One of my favorites is a rollicking number called Well Git It (made famous by Bob Crosby, Bing's brother).This song moves so fast, I love it as a dance tune. Alas, I do not think you can add an audio link to Blogger. In fact, when he kids were little and had their birthday parties at home, we used this song (or Modern Love by David Bowie) as the musical chairs song...what a riot. The little kids had to move fast for that game with that song. We banned Pop-Goes-the Weasel from birthday parties - too slow.

Early Motown had a great dance beat in so many songs ("Sugar pie honey bunch...I can't help myself"). Being able to dance does not affect my quality of life per se, but it would be nice. When I hear something like Disco Inferno ("Burn baby burn") I at least move and sway in my seat...If I were suddenly able to dance, I would probably be a dancing fool, maybe an obnoxious dancing jerk. Heck, I'd even like to learn the nuance of Polkas or the Chicken Dance).

However, I will leave now with the sage advice of the Brothers Gibb:
"You should be dancing, yeah
you should be dancing, yeah"


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i'd love to dance too! sarge and i used to slow dance but we don't even do that any more. sad, huh?

smiles, bee

AndreAnna said...

I'm a sucker for disco!

Lynn said...

Even though my parents sent me to 'dancing school' when I was younger, and even though both of my legs work, it seems that I can't dance either. sigh

Rhea said...

I always liked Gene Kelly.

Linda said...

I'm reading this while keeping one eye on "Dancing With the Stars" and wishing that I could do the foxtrot or cha-cha or some other form of ballroom dancing but I have that cursed "two-left-feet" disease.

They all just look like they're having so much fun while they're gliding around the dance floor while I can only watch.

Great post!

sari said...

I'm a good chair dancer, myself. I think I'm probably the whitest-white girl with no soul ever who loved Motown. I love love love it, and I am so uncoordinated and well, just bad physically in the dancing aspect. But in my heart, I soar.

Patti said...

Sari, you sound like me. I love Motown.
I've also gotten into disco, thanks to Ralph.

Odat said...

I love all music and I play different music when I do different things around the house......I love to dance, but really can't, I do anyway!!!
Thanks for the memories!

the moose buyer said...

Ralph, not being able to walk does not necessarily keep one from being able to dance. I absolutely have 2 left feet (maybe even 3 or 4)and cannot dance at all, not even line dancing. I do love disco music though and that's what's on my Ipod.

landgirl said...

If you define dancing conventionally--like what we see on TV or those dancers who make us all stop and admire them as they go by perfectly following a certain set pattern like a fox trot, that's one thing, but I personally think that dancing comes from the inside out. And when you dance like that other dancers see it and admire it or, better yet, join in. I have not danced from inside a wheelchair but I have danced with a person in a wheelchair. We had a good time. He had an electric wheelchair, so perhaps it was easier to make disco moves, but I don't know if a a manual one would have been more fun.

Patti said...

Landgirl, my husband actually does have an electric wheelchair and we have danced many times at weddings. He ends up being the life of the party...

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