Thursday, June 09, 2016

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 9: A Song That Makes You Want To Dance

Every person should have a song that makes them involuntarily raise up out of their chair and shout to the entire world "This. Is. My. Sooonnnggg!" whenever somebody punches its magic numbers into a jukebox. There's nothing quite like that feeling of your body beginning to move on its own-- foot tapping, hips swaying, head bobbing, shoulders scrunching up and then dropping back down to the beat, in sync with the groove-- as if your mortal coils were being compelled by the mathematical order and beauty of Nature herself to make itself known as a living, breathing, animate thing.

Every person should have a song that not only makes them want to dance, but to actually dance.

Better still, every person should have a song that makes them want to get up and act a fool.  Dancing is a skill and an art form, of course, but there isn't now and never has been a rule that requires that you be a good dancer in order to dance. In fact, I love to see people who "can't dance" throw caution to the wind and cut a rug anyway.  There's just a simple, beautiful, and immensely contagious joy in that.

I've made no secret about my love for Flo Rida on this blog before, and today I'm picking his 2007 "Low" (ft. T-Pain) as the song that makes me want to dance.  Here it is:


If you'were ever in a club in the late-aughts, you no doubt met someone like the equivalent of Flo Rida's "Shawty," with her apple-bottomed jeans, boots with the furrrr. Those baggy sweatpants and the Reeboks with the straaaaaaaps. She wouldn't stop, made it drop, then she did that pop and lock.

Of course the whole club was looking at herrrrr.

This is definitely a get-up-and-move song. I have no idea what the beats-per-minute count of "Low" is, but it feels just about perfect to me.  It also has the superadded benefit of a chorus that almost forces you to act a fool every time it comes around and you find yourself incapable of resisting the command to get LOW, LOW, low, low,  low, lowlow.....

Click here to return to the "anchor page" for #30DaySongChallenge2016 with the full list of this year's picks

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