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...and all she wants to do is dance...

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I've been under the weather all week, so I didn't make it around to post about the amazing time I had last weekend.

A more or less local band (since it's 7 hours or so from the north end of the country to the south, everything's pretty much local) decided to arrange a 1-day music festival. Seven hours of music, with good performers (some even very good). I'm not sure why they picked that date, since a huge, well-known 3- day festival is happening next week--but since I don't think I can go to the big one, I was glad to have the chance to go to this smaller one.

Music is how I renew. It's how I store up energy for the future. It's how I come back into balance if something throws me off. I love to sing--though usually in a group, and usually not with performance in mind. But I also love to listen--just soaking up the energy that someone else is putting out, feeding back my enjoyment to fuel the song. And dance, dance, dance....

I went with some friends. And I must say, I am truly lucky to have the kind of friends who not only love to sing in the car, but say "Let's do show tunes now!" And when we ran out of tunes (or, more accurately, out of lyrics), we moved to rain songs (to match the weather). And if that wasn't enough... we reenacted the Bohemian Rhapsody scene from Wayne's World. Proving yet again that you're only young once, but you can be immature forever. :-)

Speaking of being young.... It was a different crowd than I'm used to seeing at folk music events. A lot of the old guard English speakers got here in the 70s and 80s. So they're now in their 50s and 60s.... I tend to feel young... and I'm 46. But as we walked in, I noticed how many of the people there were in their 20s-30s. Not that I planned to let that stop me!

The venue was not the best. It was a last-minute move indoors because of the rain, so there was not a great division between listening space and chatting space. Rather than get annoyed, I decided to amplify my listening.... One of the performers noted later that our group became her focus, so I guess it worked. :-)

Well, I could tell there was at least one other person listening. She was sitting on the other side of the room, knitting. Every time I glanced over, I could see she'd made progress on her sock or slipper. I was tempted to pull out my crocheting, which I brought for the drive down, but I figured it would interfere with my listening.

After another set or two, the rhythm picked up. I asked the friend sitting next to me if she was ready to try getting the dancing started, but she said she really didn't feel like being where we'd be watched. I totally understand... I prefer when there's a place off to the side where I can dance for the music--not for show. But... I also didn't want to let it keep me in my seat. Life's too short, ya know?

I caught my other friend's eye, she nodded, and we got the dancing started. Really. As soon as we got up, others joined us.

Can I say it again?

Life's too short, ya know?

Next time you want to dance, DANCE!

We were out there for quite a while, but eventually there was a lull in the music. So... I ran over, grabbed my bag, and sat next to the knitter, who by this time had turned the heel of her sock and was working towards the toes. I only did a few rounds--but it felt great. Why? Because it was yet another ME thing I did that day. On a "no regrets" day. I'm sure it doesn't seem like much, but it was yet another aspect of me that I let shine out, you know?

This is a pretty recent thing for me. Being able to jump up and dance because I want to--not because everyone else is. Be able to listen through the noise. Crochet my lace in the middle of the music. It made me very happy.

And at the same time, I was sad for my friend, who didn't want to dance in front of everyone. We didn't get her on the dance floor until the very last song... Or another acquaintance, who said she'd only dance if the rest of us made a sort of human shield around her...

Can I say it again??!?!?!?!

Life's too short, ya know?

Next time you want to dance, DANCE!
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  • 1SALMON1
    I like your phrase 'a no-regrets day'... that's something to think about - doing what it takes to make that kind of day. It sounds like you had a blast and made a wonderful memory too. Thanks for sharing it with us. And I hope you are back to good health soon.
    1819 days ago
    That sounds like an awesome day. You are right Life is definitely too short. Dance when you can.

    1820 days ago
    I love dancing! and too few of my friends do anymore so it is often just me... I dance alone in my house and sing loudly (and badly but no-one to hear and I love it).... Sounds wonderful and made me want to be there...
    1821 days ago
    I absolutely agree! Dance whenever you can, especially now, because more and more of your friends will stop doing it as they get older. Although, I will tell you that for my 60th birthday, I threw a dance party, and told everyone I invited that dancing was a requirement. They all danced all night long, except for a brief interlude when someone stopped the music to propose a very-well-deserved toast to the four orthopedic surgeons of our town, without whose intervention only two or three of us would have been able to dance at all.

    Sometimes, when I'm way out on the prairie or up in a high country meadow doing field work, I turn to a little mix I have on my Ipod, and just dance all by myself.
    1822 days ago
    It sounds like a great day for you. You did many things that you really like. Show tunes? Singing? Dancing? Knitting? Friendship? It sounds wonderful.
    I'm so glad that you had such a great weekend and hope that you will start feeling well soon.
    1822 days ago
    Boy, this hits home for me. I'm the one who dreads dancing like almost nothing else. I want to be confident enough to just dance, I want to not care what others think, I want to be so in the moment that I'm not worried about what to do. I'm not there yet, but you're an inspiration!
    1822 days ago
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