There is probably a really in-depth, exploratory post with that title. It’s a strong title. I’m sure there is even a TedX video on it around the interwebs. Yet for me, that promising blog post title can be summed up in the most simple of ways… Music brings people together.
I am a dance teacher, and I play this song in nearly every one of the beginner classes I teach. If we’re being real here, it is not a masterpiece. It is not literary genius, and it is actually probably offensive to some. But every single time I play this in class, every person taking that class actually. starts. dancing. And if they’re really new to dance classes, they might even smile!
This song is fun. So fun. My students love it – everyone aged from 19 through to late 50s. And there is power in that. There is power in bringing a group of strangers together, helping them to realise that this is awesome, and they are awesome, and that nobody is judging them. There is a huge amount of satisfaction for me in being able to create a place where new partnerships feel comfortable enough to laugh with each other over how ridiculous the song is, or how excited I am over them doing something as simple (and complex) as dancing.
If you ever come to one of my dance classes in Sydney, I promise to play it for you. If you can’t make it to a class of any sort anywhere, blast it over your speakers at home; feel how easily your body moves to it, and how easily that smile comes 🙂
Hello wonderful people! I thought it was time to share another song that gets a lot of plays in my iTunes. I first fell in love with this song after I heard it on the movie Doc Hollywood (Michael J. Fox; be still, my beating heart). Thinking back, I had no opinion on country music before this, so the lovely Patsy Cline is probably responsible for opening my heart to this genre back then.
This is the song that gets stuck in my head for no reason. This is the song I sing to myself when I’m driving and don’t feel like listening to the radio. It is beautiful and heartbreaking, all at the same time. I hope you love it…
Enjoy the sunshine, the weekend, or whatever moment you find yourself in as you read this! Sending you love and light..
The Rolling Stones are legends in the world of music, and one of my favourite bands of all time. They are in Australia at the moment for their 14 on Fire tour, and (through sheer luck only) Ian and I were able to go see them last night in Sydney.
They. Were. Amazing.
Cue self-indulgent-cell-phone-long-distance photo grid…
We loved the whole concert (which really, was more like a big jam session) and their set list was brilliant. I danced my booty off all night. The crowd was pretty subdued for a rock concert, but the diversity of people was very cool to see. If you ever get the chance to see these guys live, take the opportunity.
Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Every penny.
Happy weekend world! It is an amazing day here in Sydney, and I have spent most of today so far soaking up the sunshine. Summer is on it’s way!
After experiencing the amazingness that is Hot Dub Time Machine last night (if it ever comes to you, you must go!), I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite songs with you all as the year moves on. I have so much music, and once you add in the boyfriend’s collection as well, we probably cover every genre available. I get excited by new stuff, and then stumble across old favourites that I put back on repeat for a while.
Today’s song seems to pop up pretty often when I play everything on shuffle, and I’ve been singing along to it all morning. I hope you like it too! Have a wonderful weekend peeps!