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Music that makes someone want to dance is subjective to each individual. In other words, we all react differently to music, lyrics…beats.
Some of us have more rhythm than others and even our interpretations of “dance” can be vastly different from one another. Some tap their toes or drum out the beat on a desk-top while others jump up and get down.
Over the decades there have been variances of what is considered “dance” music, and while now, most often the phrase conjures up Klub Kids and Rave parties, for me, the desire to dance doesn’t take a scene, atmosphere, every bodies friend “Molly” or even a dance partner.
The desire to dance merely takes the right song at the right moment and off I go. I could care less who’s watching. When ya gotta move, ya gotta move!
Here are five songs that although would not be considered “dance” or “club” songs in their natural states, are in fact five songs that make me wanna boogie.
Wanna shake your groove thing with me Cheri Speak style?
Stevie Wonder is amazing period, but this particular song is one that I love the vibe and rhythm of. When it comes on, I immediately get a visual of my mom dancing. My mom was a great dancer except as a kid it was always somewhat embarrassing because it was suggestive (not raunchy) and you know how us kids feel when we suddenly are faced with the idea that our parents can be sexual. GASP!
I guess that is where I got it though because I dance the same way.
It was a toss-up between this one and the Grateful Dead’s, Truckin‘.
Come Along – Titiyo
A one-hit wonder of a song, Titiyo slammed it home with this one. I LOVE it; from the first time I heard it, to when I just listened to it to pop in here. Not only are the lyrics hella bitchin [especially to this activist chic], the beat and drive of the song beginning to end is awesome.
When I was learning to belly dance, this was one of the songs I chose to create a routine for.
Say It Right – Nelly Furtado
I first heard this on the radio one day while on a road trip. I didn’t have a Smart phone [or internet] along the way. The DJ of course did not break in and kindly tell me the song and artist and I had only caught a small portion of the song which I repeated in my mind endlessly [I was on a road trip, remember?] so I was able to memorized a string of lyrics which two days later I looked up and found out what the helly the song was.
In a way, it has a similar groove as the Titiyo song. You will probably notice the same within all of today’s choices. Each songs beat has a compelling nature to it, the sound leads you note to note, pulling you through to the end; similar to sex in the sense of the anticipation, rhythm, build-up and climax.
Hmm, maybe that’s why I love music so much?!
Somehow, Somewhere, Someway – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
I love this song for all of the same reasons I have chosen the others…with an additional twist. When I first heard this one it was at the VERY beginning of that one relationship I told you about a while back, so for obvious reasons you can see why, — lyrically, I was into it.
The beat and drive makes me feel naughty — not gimmie a stripper pole kind of naughty, just come dance with me and get into each other naughty.
Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
I had a sister once, kind of.
My cousin Vickie was a teenager when her parents went to prison so my parents became her foster parents for a long time. She was many years older than I and I have very few memories of her since she was killed at the age of 19 and i was only 4-years-old at the time.
I idolized her. She had very long hair and was really pretty; think Marsha Brady and that was Vickie.
Anyhow, the strongest memory I have of her relates to this Norman Greenbaum song. She used to dance to this every day around the house and she would take my hands and dance around with me or put me up on her shoulders, etc. I loved her and I will always wonder what it would have been like to have grown up with a sister, but she was killed by a drunk driver.
I could have gone on and on, but the rules are five so, there where my five choices for Jen Kehls weekly installment of Twisted Tuesday’s Mix-Tape. If you would like to join in (we would love to have you) or just check out other “mixes” from the other participants…Click here.
Uh Oh! Ooopsie, forgot an important one! It’s Sam’s fault, no doubt!
No Diggity – Blackstreet
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