You Can’t Dance and Stay Uptight!!!

Remember that line? it’s from: Dancing in the Moonlight by King Harvest. It was just a feel good song and with a catchy tune. They never had other hit as big, but many of us still remember it. I was in college in Boston…..1972.

Today I woke up with it on my mind and on the tip of my tongue. So I decided to dance around. I know I sound a bit crazy, but I simply had to. Why not? Once a year we get a special day, all our own: our birthday!!! This is the time to just enjoy what has been given to us, count our blessings and give thanks. I know we are told to do this every day, but we don’t. At least, I don’t as often as I should. So on my birthday I will.

I am most thankful for my family: Frankie, Frank and Camille. They make my life complete with their love and support. My sisters and our mother who known me so well and love me anyway. My friends that are there for me and go along with my moods and my eccentricities. Each and everyone of you, thank you for being part of my life!!!

I am thankful for everything that I have learned, for what I am still learning and for the chance to share it all. It is an amazing feeling to be able to express my inner thoughts and see that people appreciate my efforts.

I am thankful for the years I have lived and the experiences I have had. I am who I am because of them. Each and every day, I have learned something and have been given something to be thankful for.

That is why, I have danced and hope to do so for many years to come. Dancing does indeed make you forget your worries, concentrate on the good things and make you realize that dancing is good for your soul because what the song says is true: you can’t dance and stay uptight!!!


10 thoughts on “You Can’t Dance and Stay Uptight!!!

  1. Hi Mercedes ……… are MEN allowed to type a few words on here?
    I too enjoyed the article & would add that the same be true of singing. I used to belong to a Male Voice Choir in England before moving to the Dominican Republic & would always be happy after even a practice session.
    Many a day since Ginnie’s death almost five years ago (July 3rd) I find myself very lonely & in a low mood. I start singing the songs along with the choir (from the CD’s of them that I have) & the mood uplifts quite a tad. Sing the songs I used to sing with/to Ginnie & I am uplifted tremendously!! Lady in Red is (yes IS – not WAS!!) our song from the first holiday we had together in Mombasa. This is closely followed by the tune/dance Lambada …….. which became her ‘Nom de Plume’ on various sites in later years.

    So Girls (& any other men looking in here) keep dancing & keep singing & you will remain happy, relaxed & YOUNG – Just like me. Young & still ‘looking’ at 70!
    ~ Grahame (spouse/partner of the late Ginnie Bedggood)
    Thanks for your comments on British Expat site Mercedes – I reply here!!!

    • Thank you so much for your comments!!! Of course men are most welcome to comment on this blog and I am so glad you did. As you can read, I am a firm believer in music and dancing and always will be…..
      I am so glad to finally made your acquaintance, Ginnie always spoke so lovingly of you. I read again her book (that she signed for me!!!) and found myself laughing at your adventures. Keep looking, Grahame……life is to be lived!!!

  2. You are so right Mercedes. Nothing is better than some good music and great dancing to help us forget all our troubles and put us in a great mood. We can then conquer the world. I hated my 30th birthday because I associated it with death as a classmate lost her father when he was 30. I have never wasted negative thoughts on a birthday since. I celebrate each one as I am so happy to have had another year and looking forward to the next year.

  3. Yes…we can’t never give up and continue to seek happiness. And delighted that you had such a wonderful birthday and took it to heart to renew your hopes xoxo

  4. Indeed Mercedes, your philosophy of Bdays is uplifting & sane! We do need to keep our blessings & good fortunes in mind, as you indicated, more often….being grateful! Hope you had a wonderful day.

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