After the One More Night premiere, we had our opening night party. I mostly hung out outside the theater, catching up with friends who had seen the show. I went back in and chatted with cast members for a bit. Then the other SVT play finally finished, and Joplin started spinning club music.
I always try to do my best with club music. It's the most-favored dance music of nearly everyone I know, so I figure I deserve to give it a fair shake.
But somehow I can never quite get into it. I notice that there are lots of forms of dance music -- club music, dixieland, hot jazz -- that I can never quite find an emotional connection to. And so... I dunno. I can move to it -- there's a clear beat and everything -- but I never really feel like I *have* to move to it.
Play a blues song, and I have to move. Play an old Sinatra number, and I have to move. Play soul music, and you pretty much have to strap me to the chair or shoot me with a tranq dart to keep me from dancing around. And I think it's down to the emotions I feel from it. I hear (say) "ABC", and I feel that joy. I hear that version of "Storm Warning", and I feel that melancholy. I *think* that's what I respond to.
Then when I hear club beats... I just haven't figured out how to get anything out of it yet.
I guess it's also true that I like partner dancing, whereas with most club stuff, it seems like you're dancing on your own, or paying slight attention to a large group of dancers. To me, that gets rid of most of the fun of dancing, which is responding to another person. It's like improv -- even as a lead, you're mostly just listening, and happily yes-and-ing what you hear.
I tried dancing to the music for a while -- in any case, it was too loud to chat with people. Eventually I bailed to go to the weekly blues dance. I guess I'll stay in my little ghetto of nerdy dancing for now.
Mood: contemplative · Music: none