How I learned to stop worrying and love to dance.
I have to be honest with you all, I almost didn’t write my Listserve. When I received the email roughly 45 hours ago, I was psyched. I told all my Listserve buddies and started brainstorming some ideas. Well, none of them panned out. (By the way, I write for a living, so this shouldn’t have been that difficult.)
So here we are, 3 hours from deadline and not a word on the page. That’s cool, though. It’s not like I don’t know how this happened. It’s pretty obvious, after all – I’m just overthinking it.
Which brings me to a very quick story I’d like to tell you all. It’s about how I learned to stop worrying and love to dance.
Heading into college, I wasn’t what you’d describe as the grooviest guy around. More like the clunkiest. No moves, no swag. But I think I’m an okay dude, and I was lucky enough to make friends with a lot of great people. All sorts of people from all sorts of places, but with one thing in common – they all loved music.
Now, I loved music, too – it’s not like a grew up under a rock. But I didn’t dance. (True story: I got a C in a mandatory high school dance class and at one point my teacher told me I had the flexibility of a brick.) I don’t really know why I didn’t dance, but I just didn’t. I think I was probably mixed up with what people would think and whether I’d screw up and whatnot – the usual things people think in such conversations.
I’m not sure if it was the music or my friends, but something met in equilibrium that changed me forever. I became interested in new types of music and thanks to the supportive atmosphere I found myself in, I didn’t mind letting loose.
The point is, this isn’t just a story about learning to dance. It’s more about being yourself. And I’m not telling this story because I think you all need a lecture. I’m just telling you because, well, how often do you get to tell 23,000 people that you really like being the person you are?
I didn’t want to leave you all without sharing some music! Here are ten great songs, in no particular order.
Ghost – Phish (If you’re really interested, look up the live version from 11/17/1997.)
Rosalita – Bruce Springsteen
Dayvan Cowboy – Boards of Canada
Let’s Go Dancing (Solomun Remix) – Tiga vs. Audion
Achilles’ Last Stand – Led Zeppelin
Ocean (2012) – John Butler
Baby, I’m Yours – Breakbot
Peaches En Regalia – Frank Zappa
Acid Raindrops – People Under the Stairs
William Tell Overture (Finale) – Rossini
Anyway, thanks for reading. I want to give a shout out to my Listserve buddies, Tyler and Avery, who run a great blog called Sandwich Funk, which you can visit at Sandwich Funk dot com. They make playlists that correspond perfectly with delicious recipes. Check them out!
Take care everyone,