Today’s post is about two songs that have to do with people getting up and dancing. The first comes from The Spinners:
Working My Way Back To You Girl
Back in the 1970s, The Spinners had a lot of r&b hits, including this disco-fied cover of The Four Seasons, “Working My Way Back To You Girl.” As a child, I had a confusing mondegreen with this song where I thought the vocalist was saying he was working his way back, to you babe, “with a pretty girl by my side,” which I figured would be frankly offensive. But it was a good tune nonetheless.
One day in the 70s, my sister and I were playing with the clock radio in my bedroom and somehow we just started dancing to all the songs that came on. “Working My Way” is one I clearly remember, but there were more. It was just a fun, spontaneous, silly thing. I remember trying to turn on the radio and get my sister to dance again the next day, but it just didn’t have the same magic.
The next song by Dire Straits is the third and final song I associate with my wedding day:
Walk of Life
I gave instructions to our wedding reception DJ of songs he should absolutely not play and some suggestions of songs he should play. “Walk of Life” was not on either list. But after all the formalities – first dances danced, toasts made, food served, cake sliced – this is the song the DJ chose to play. Mind you, I like the song just fine, but I thought it an odd choice. But as I looked around the reception tent, I saw streams of guests winding their way through the table to the dance floor. “Walk of Life” was an unexpected call to boogie, and suddenly I liked it 100x more.
2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge – A Song and a Story
A: Always on My Mind
B: Baby Come Back and Baker Street
C: Cheek to Cheek
D: Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Doctor Jones
E: Everyday Sunshine
F: Fly Me to the Moon
G: Ghost Town
H: Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe
I: If I Were John Carpenter
J: Jungle Strut and Justified & Ancient
M: Marble Halls and My Moon, My Man
N: New York, New York
O: Oliver’s Army
P: The Parting Glass
Q: Qué Onda Guero
R: Rave On
S: The Servant Song
T: Thing of Beauty
V: The Voyage
If you want to read more, check out my previous Blogging A to Z Challenges:
- 2016: A journey through my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain in Boston.
- 2017: A spontaneous photograph each day.
- 2018: Watched and reviewed documentary movies.
And dig deep into Panorama of the Mountains, by checking out my:
- Book Reviews
- Movie Reviews
- Beer Reviews
- Music Reviews and Writing
- City Stories, expository writing about my experiences in various cities
And, if you like Doctor Who, I have a whole ‘nother blog where I review Doctor Who stories across media: Epic Mandates.