This is difficult to explain on a blog.
Last Friday, urged by my daughter and her friends, I journeyed over to one of the casinos in town to catch a show headlined by Shannon Smith. And it must really, really be said that she and her crew needs to get a really good video on line. This is the best I could find:
And it doesn't begin to capture the feel.
There's something I haven't said about myself since starting this blog. I like to dance. A lot. And I'm good at it ... after a fashion. I'm 100% in the space, my body is an instrument and I just let go. This usually gets the room's attention, it gets the band's attention and it usually brings a round of applause the first time I get up.
So, anyway ... the gentle reader ought to know from my videos that I'm a pretty big guy. I weigh about 260, and you wouldn't think all that could get moving, but it does. Friday night, I proved it. I was slipping into a move I haven't done in about ten years; basically, its all a matter of momentum. I swing my left leg around, I get it under me, I jump with my right leg kicked up to about 80 degrees and I lift six, eight inches off the floor. The people I was with said eight.
I did this without thinking, and I did it in front of the lead singer, Shannon - who lost her place in the song. I was told by the band later that this has never happened before. Shannon laughed, said she couldn't believe it ... and I doubled over, laughing ... and Shannon turned around, snatched one of their albums and gave it to me as a prize. Then she found her place in the song again and we both continued.
I wish like hell I'd had a copy of my book to give her back, but we've been sold out since last week. I expect new copies to arrive today or tomorrow.
So I got a CD for jumping. And its a good CD! Shame no one captured the jump on their phone.
Anyway, it's all off topic. I wanted to say that my will to dance is one of the reasons I love musicians, and add that somewhere that night, between fifteen or twenty dances, I pulled a muscle in my thigh ... and it hurts like hell. So if I've been grouchy lately, we'll say that's the reason.