Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dancing Into A New Dawn

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

I'm a really positive, happy person. Usually. But right now, this morning, I can't deal with any more broadcasts about unemployment, riots, stock markets, politics, or the aftereffects of recent natural disasters.

So I'm taking the day off. No newspapers or news networks or links to the New York Times. In fact, I'm going to do a little dancing in my nightgown and forget about the rest of the world for one brief moment in time.

When I was sixteen, I used to sneak into Wisconsin's eighteen-year-old beer bars. Not to drink, but to dance all night. That was a little before John showed up on the disco scene. Dancing was more like free-form expression in the early 70s. But I've also wiggled and waggled through the twist,  hokey-pokey, the chicken dance, the Hustle... Dancing was a big part of my life. What happened? Where did the dance halls and clubs go?
 
This morning, let's all join together, crank up whatever music makes us happy, and let 'er rip!  



And here's a fun fact to start your day.


Dirty Dancing is going to be remade!

Isn't that sweet?!
And if you need a little help getting started...

12 comments:

Katreader said...

Thanks for that Sonny and Cher memory. I loved watching their show. Hard to believe I'm older now than they were then!

Bella said...

I didnt know they were remaking Dirty Dancing; though I doubt they can capture the magic of Patrick Swayze and the girl who plays Baby, I wonder who theyre casting?
::runs off to google it::

JJ said...

Why on earth would they want to remake (and recast) a film so perfect? Nah, this movie buff won't go. I'll stay home and cue up the original on DVD.

Dru said...

I see no reason to remake a classic.

Sue said...

I totally agree NO one can ever replace Patrick or Erin Grey in that movie. They had a magic that can't be recaptured. Erin even spoke about it when she was on Dancing with the stars. I might watch it when it comes out in video but I won't pay to see it in the theater. I to used to watch Sonny and Cher. Still have some of their music on my mp3 player among a gazillion other "old time music" as my girls call it.

signlady217 said...

Some movies definitely should be left alone. Can't they come up with some original ideas anymore instead of trying to redo something so great? I hope they never try to remake "Gone With the Wind"!!!

Books by Heather said...

I'm with you about the doom and gloom news lately. Think I'll put on some music and dance away the day. Great idea! Thanks, Deb!

PS: If you ever want a good laugh, watch me do the hustle. LOLOL!

Vickie said...

Nope, it will always be Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray as Johnny Castle and Baby.

Talking of remakes of classics, I saw the previews of another classic that should not be remade, 'Footloose'.

I love love love what I call 'kitchen dancing'. I turn on the CD player, mp3 player or Sirius/XM on our television and dance around the house. I especially adore 70s and 80s tunes to boogie oogie oogie.

Aurian said...

No, I loved Patrick Swayze in that movie. It really is time they stop remaking already great movies.
Not going to see it.
And I agree with you about not watching the depressing news lately. I wish they would at least end with one positive item. I'll just pick up a new book ;)

Chaplain Jan said...

Thanks! Your blog just helped lift me from a downward-spiraling funk (bad health news). While the Sonny & Cher clip was cool, I went to Sister Act II's "Oh, Happy Day" & "Joyful, Joyful" (several times, actually) & got the lift I so sorely needed.

Deb said...

More on reactions to the remake

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/10/dirty-dancing-remake-casting_n_923828.html#s326650&title=Ashley_Tisdale_As

Min said...

Something I learnt a LONG time ago (after 11 September) with regard to news: I stopped watching the news completely. I only read the news. It's easier to scan headlines and pick and choose which stories I WANT to read and be exposed to be. I don't have to read the same depressing stories day after day, but can still stay informed. And I don't have to read sensationalised stories.