Recently, reading a post on a blog I discovered during the A to Z Challenge, I was flooded with memories of my past. The post was A Battle of the Bands. A group gets together twice a month and presents songs done by different artists and asks their readers to vote on which is their favorite! While I was visiting the blog, Angels Bark, the song she was featuring was the cause of these beautiful memories.
When I first met Richard in the 1970's I wasn't much of a dancer. But he was. I knew how to do the Twist. It isn't really that hard to just twist your body around. (But, Richard could really twist. He could go all the way to ground and back up again. He was like a white Chubby Checker!) This was how we danced in the 60's. We didn't much touch each other. A member of Chubby Checker's entourage described the twist as:
"It's like putting out a cigarette with both feet, and wiping your bottom with a towel, to the beat of the music."
Other dances popular in the 1960's were The Mashed Potato, The Monster Mash, The Monkey, The Dog, The Frug, The Pony, The Swim, The Hitchhike, and the Jerk. I knew how to dance a few of those. And I imagine if there was any video evidence of me doing those dances I would like to see it destroyed. Did you do any of these dances when growing up?
However when I met Richard I was introduced to a completely different type of dance styles. He waltzed, polka-ed, fox-trotted, tangoed and such. He was able to finally teach me to waltz. And I could waltz with him. (Because he let me lead). But I never learned the other dances. Whenever we went out, where there would be dancing, Richard never sat. There were a plethora of ladies that wanted to dance with him. And he obliged them all. The man loved to dance.
We would often dance around our dining room. Much to the embarrassment of our kids. But we did it anyway. We even learned to do some country-line dancing in the years we danced together.
But to get back to what sparked my memory of our dancing was The Battle of the Bands over at Angels Bark. She featured the song Proud Mary. This was a song that Richard and I OFTEN danced to. And there were times I thought I would drop before we got to the end of it. Now tell me which version do you like better? We danced to both! And Ike and Tina's is the one I thought would never end. My favorite is CCR, without a doubt.