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They were called dance halls...

...and, Oh, Yeah! We Were Dancin' the Night Away!

Before television took over as our main source of entertainment, dealing a terrible blow to the movie industry, and a death blow to the dance hall, goin' dancin' was a favorite way to pass a good time where I came from. I said death blow? Well, not quiet. A few still survive, kinda.


The crowd there is decidedly older now, but no less determined to have fun, and you see some amazing dancers, with movements honed from decades of practice and moving as one with a long-time partner.

On the sign at the top, you'll see the name "Jake," a kid who lived on the corner from me two houses down. His mother was from Guatemala and taught him to play the guitar. That's what life was like when I was coming up. He's been playing music here for ... I ain't saying. Mostly oldies, though they were barely oldies when he began. How I wished I could sing and dance and play the guitar! All I could do was make pictures out of words and make the girls cry. Then they'd eventually return the favor and make me cry ... with fluency!

No, I wasn't much of a dancer myself, kind of awkward and shy, but many a pretty girl made me look good when I was going through my cute stage (I really was kind of cute). Of course, going dancing was the thing to do to meet girls and, I must admit, a great way to watch them move, smell their hair, hear them breathe close up, and dream of the possibilities.

Anybody, wanna dance? I'll be happy to give it another try. (Ladies, choice, of course) *lol*



( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 3rd, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I'm a TERRIBLE dancer... but I'll sit next to you and keep you company!
Feb. 3rd, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
That's true ... we poets make terrible dancers.
Feb. 3rd, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
*ROFL* - yes, we shall sit and write about the people on the floor... =P
Feb. 3rd, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
I was never good at dancing either but occasionally I don't mind making a fool of myself.
Feb. 3rd, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
You'd better try taking a lesson or two. If I ever run into Gitta, I'll know just how to sweep her off her feet!

One-two, one-two, one-two ... ***lol***
Feb. 3rd, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
Hands off my Gitta!
Feb. 3rd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Dear Ed. I would love to teach you some wonderful dances. I know ballroom, jazz, classical, rock and country. I LOVE to dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And um, excuse me but who said you weren't cute now??? I think I speak for many of your LJ friends when we say you have a cuteness about you and well, are rather handsome.


Okay, back to work I go.

Feb. 3rd, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
Who said...?
Lumière dure et le miroir de vérité.
Feb. 3rd, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Who said...?

Feb. 3rd, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Who said...?
true beauty comes from within and shines outward like the distant glow of a star.

You see, handsome and cute is to be decided by the viewer.

Hope you are having a great day my friend.

Feb. 3rd, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Who said...?
beau et frais comme brise de ressort mon ami
Feb. 3rd, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Who said...?
So pretty! Is that a quotation or did you make that up yourself? I'm very flattered. All real friends should be this way, I think, but time and responsibilities have a way of eating away from that.
Feb. 3rd, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Who said...?
I created the saying with our conversation and you in mind my friend.

I agree with you in some cases about friendship becoming distant if you let things interfer. Closeness can come and go a bit but can remain forever. I have several very close and long time friends that I will never lose contact with. I believe that it is sincere

Talk to you soon.

Feb. 3rd, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
So many times I'd pass that place but never did step in to check it out..*sigh*

Ah well, will have to do that on my next visit sometime in the spring.

Btw there are some of us who find you very attractive my dear. :)
Feb. 3rd, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
I will have to stop referring to myself or people will think I'm fishing for compliments. *lol*

But thanks!
Feb. 3rd, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
We could dance on "Chatanooga Choochoo" on a Glenn Miller tune! :D
Feb. 3rd, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Tearfully he realizes...
I think the only Glenn Miller records I had were lost in Katrina. I do have Tuxedo Junction by Manhattan Transfer on my record player now. Shall we?

Boop bop, Boop Bop
Boop bop, Boop Bop
Boop bop, Boop Bop
Boop bop, Boop Bop
Way down South, in Birmingham
I mean South, in Alabam'
There's a place
Where people go to dance the night away
It's a junction...

Ah, you are as light as a feather, you know?
Feb. 3rd, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
Your post reminded me of this song I used to dance to in high school:

Take your baby by the hand
And make her do a high hand stand
Take your baby by the heel
And do the next thing that you feel

We were so in phase
In our dance hall days
We were cool on craze
When i, you, and everyone we knew
Could believe, do, and share in what was true
Oh, I said

Take your baby by the hair
And pull her close and there there there
Take your baby by the ears
And play upon her darkest fears

Repeat chorus

So take your baby by the wrist
And in her mouth an amethyst
And in her eyes two sapphires blue
And you need her and she needs you
And you need her and she needs you

And, I would love to dance with you, sweetie! ;)

Feb. 3rd, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Dance Hall Days
I've got the coolest friends!

I am overwhelmed sometimes.
Feb. 3rd, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Dance Hall Days
Why thank you, sir! So, I take it you liked the song? Like I said, I loved it, and remembering it brought back a lot of memories.
Feb. 4th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
i love to dance. i like what you said about the contact.. i also love karate for this reason. and its much like a dance.
you are handsome though :)
Feb. 4th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
Lovely icon ... you always do have such nice ones.

Oh, can you tell I've always been a Romantic? *lol* I've always adored women, been fascinated by them, usually from afar. Shy, you know? And, yes, grace in movement and subtle contact can be so beaytiful, energizing, and intoxocating. I'm dizzy now.
Feb. 4th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
... beautiful, that is. I said I was dizzy!
Feb. 5th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
I have two left feet but that has never stopped me from dancing in the nightclubs when I was younger LOL!
Feb. 5th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but who cares how you look dancing. It's all about how you feel. Am I right? (I've got rhythm, but 2 left feet too).
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