Hey, hey! What’s this I see? I thought this was a party. LET’S DANCE!
Ever have one of those days where you feel like you are failing at adulting? Yup, that was me today. That is me a lot lately, but I guess that’s what happens when you change everything in your life all at once. Today, though, I was really feeling it.
You know that feeling when you are driving home at the end of the day and you feel like crying? Yup, I was there too. Real tears. Delilah’s radio show on, realizing that my headlight still needs to be fixed. One more thing on the list. Then, it happens. Those first few beats burst through my car speakers, and I just have to smile and turn up the volume. Footloose. Instantly, my mood shifts. I find myself dancing and singing in my seat, surely putting on quite the show. I don’t care one bit. I feel this song to my core.
If you have not yet seen this 1984 classic with Kevin Bacon, I suggest that you stop reading, go watch the movie, delight in its awesomeness, then come back here so we can fangirl it up. Basically, Ren McCormack has a bunch of bad stuff happen, and ends up in a town that doesn’t allow rock music or dancing. (WTF, right?). I wouldn’t survive. Seriously. Anyway, he has a hard time, obviously, and at one point of frustration, he drives to an abandoned warehouse, turns up the rock and dances it out. Go Ren. Did it fix everything? Nope. Did he feel better? Sure did.
I’m like Ren right now. A bunch of bad stuff happened and I needed to just turn up the music, and sing it out. Did it fix everything? Nope. Did it help? Sure did. (See what I did there?) This song also reminded me of something else, the light at the end of the tunnel. What happens at the end? (Spoiler!!) Does the town of no music and dancing live in sadness forever? No way! Enter big final dance number! Everyone dances at the prom with so much pent up excitement, and there is glitter flying all around. Footloose. “I’ve got this feeling, time’s just holding me down” leads to, “lose your blues, everybody cut, footloose”!
Well, I don’t know about you, but I feel much better.
Thank you Delilah for reminding me that everything is better with music.
“I’m turning loose, footloose!”