Friday, April 20, 2012

NOW (and THEN) - GBE2 Post Week #48

Do you remember any of these tunes?

"I Think We're Alone Now" by the Young Rascals?

How about "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash?

Have you heard "Who's Sorry Now?" by Connie Francis?

Of course there's Elvis with "It's Now or Never" - who hasn't heard that?

But wait!  There's more.....

"Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)?" by the Contours.

"All Right Now" by Free.

"If You Don't Know Me by Now" by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

"Too Late to Turn Back Now" by Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose.

I thought it would be a nice change to have things to listen to rather than read. I hope you've enjoyed this little bit of time travel from NOW back to THEN.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

GBE2 #46 - Dancing

I haven't been dancing since I was married. I doubt very much I'd even be able to last an entire song these days, but that doesn't mean I don't dance in my mind when I hear music I enjoy.

Steel Drum
I always loved slow dancing more than any other dance, but I also love Latin rhythms as well as the sounds of the Caribbean. Even if I don't know a single step, my soul is dancing - quite well, thank you - to the beats of the drums or the maracas or, especially, the steel drums. OMG - I love to hear those drums. They are so musical and so UNdrumlike. It's so hard not to get caught up in the rhythms.

Image from a 40s musical
I used to love watching Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and James Cagney hoofing it. I loved the old musicals where others would join in song and dance such as Danny Kaye, Donald O'Connor and others who were known to do a soft shoe or two (Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, so many of that era). I wanted to dance like them. Not Ginger Rogers, although she was a wonderful dancer. But, she didn't lead and rarely danced solo. I loved that these men could dance ALONE and that they could turn music into action. I always dreamed of doing that.

These days, other than the occasional butt-wiggle in front of the cats or my daughter, my dancing is limited to either my imagination or while seated with both feet on the floor. I think that life will be over when I can no longer dance even in my heart.

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