Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Watch Your Step

There are only two girls I dance with now. My girls. I have a boozy memory of dancing with my wife at my sister’s wedding five years ago. And then I’m pretty sure we slow danced more recently, but I think that’s where The GK Surprise came from. She has tried, begged, in recent years to get me to take swing dance lessons with her, something I assure all of you will never happen. I used to dance in high school until I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror and that was the end of that. This was around 1986 or ‘87, so you can just imagine. So now my dancing is limited to my daughters, in our kitchen, which I did tonight while Kristy was at the gym. These girls don’t care that I have no rhythm or three left feet or one leg that is partially numb below the knee. All they know is that the music is loud and their daddy is bouncing around like an idiot. Or, on the slower tunes, moving imperceptibly from side to side like an idiot.

I have no doubt that when my daughters pass the age of 42 and elope to get married, saving me loads of money, that I will dance with them when they get back to celebrate their nuptials and the money they have saved me. But should any of you happen by our house before then and peek in the kitchen window to find me in the middle of an epileptic seizure (fast dancing), or doing some sort of mentally impaired box step (slow dancing), then please don’t laugh, I’m only trying to impress my daughters while I still have the chance.

And because everyone loves music and a good list, here is what we danced to this evening. Make your own mix tape if you like and join us from wherever you are:

Watch Your Step Elvis Costello
The ‘In’ Crowd Ramsey Lewis
Pale Blue Eyes The Velvet Underground
Less Than Zero Elvis Costello
Sabotage Beastie Boys
Star Dust Hoagy Carmichael
Rock And Roll The Velvet Underground
Alison Elvis Costello
Sing It Way Down Low Hoagy Carmichael