Sunday, May 08, 2005

I Like Big Balls

...kinda like the ACDC song, except better.

Just got home from the Wild Asparagus Ball put on by the Fort Collins Friends of Traditional Dance at the LSC Ballroom. What a time that was! Three hours of really fun dancing with people in really neat outfits.

For those of you who are uneducated in the ways of the Wild Asparagus, it's a huge, annual waltz dance with the Mostly Strauss Orchestra from Denver. (They are excellent, by the way.) Lots of fancy clothes, tuxes, big poofy dresses, big hair, the occasional sequin and glitter, etc. I, of course, was just in my black suit. Cuz that's how I roll.

But anyways, it was amazing. Waltzing around a huge hardwood floor to primo music and trying not to trip over your partner's huge dress is my idea of a good time. Mostly an older crowd though. And that's a little bit sad. There are the children of some of the dancers there, and several of our swing dance people, but mostly in the 50-plus category. There needs to be some younger blood involved to make sure this wonderful tradition lives on. Timeless dance and timeless music deserve to be experienced by more people.

I've realized that I have done a terrible job thus far of expressing just how much I enjoyed this evening. But I think I can sum it up with this way. About half way through the third set of songs I recall thinking to myself, "I wonder if this is what heaven is like." Dancing and twirling with your favorite dance partner, all night long. It was a little profound. I think maybe it looses something when I try to convey it, but that's about as good as it gets. Everyone needs to experience that at some point.

And my favorite quote:
Dance is not an answer. Dance it a question. And the answer it "Yes."

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Turn the page

I guess it's like Old Arty said.

"You just feel the way you feel. And you just gotta deal with that."


Bob Seger / Metallica said it well too:
Here I am, On the road again
There I am, Up on the stage
Here I go, Bein' star again
There I go, Turn the page