Posted by: oldsalt1942 | July 14, 2009

Dance As If No One Was Watching. . .

I’ve tried to keep the focus of this blog solely on the subject of Houseboats and Shantyboats and avoid it being diverted into other aspects of life. Yesterday, while my mind was off on one of its uncontrollable flights of fancy, I came across the video that follows. Within the video is something that has always fascinated me. It’s the power of music to make small children dance. I’m sure you’ve noticed, too, how even infants who can not yet walk, respond instinctively to the rythms of music. It’s universal. It crosses all cultures. It simply and spontaneously happens. It’s as reflexive as having your patella struck. Your leg jerks. There’s nothing you can do about it.

And watching the video it called to mind the quote: “Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on Earth.”

This quote has been attributed to many different people…One is Alfred D. Souza, an Australian¬† writer/philosopher who died in 2004, or William Purkey, a professor at the University of North Carolina, who, from all I can discover, is still alive and kicking. When I run across a quote that is attributed to several different people I have to believe that the oldest person with the attribution if probably the real author. The oldest person I have found the quote attributed to is Mark Twain who died long before the other two were ever born which makes them little more than plagerists.

Twain, of course, is most famous for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and their adventures on the Mississippi River and the mere mention of that fabled river conjures up images of, drum roll, please,”Ta-Dah!” SHANTYBOATS!

So I’ve managed to connect the video to the theme of this blog. The mind is a twisted and devious thing, indeed.

Many of you, no doubt, have seen the wonderful Playing for Change videos, and if you haven’t then you need to go to YouTube and get lost in them for a while. In Stand by Me the musician who starts off the video is Roger Ridley, a street performer who died in 2005. I love the children dancing in this video and I particularly like the man, off on one side, dancing with his child in his arms. They are the ones who brought the quote to mind.


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