BODY DANCE!!! aka JAMIROLOVE

February 23, 2009

Silly Manda—on excellent writing kick! woohoo!!! Get one new poem published and the floodgates FALL!

Nah—I think it’s that plus my decision to get the Hell outta Cali at last! Funny I decide to move to Texas right after my sweet Will leaves that state! (sorry, love! kisses!) And right before my sister and her fam decide to move to LA! Still, the heart wants what it wants….

And right now my heart wants to write about the most fabulous lil chica au monde: my niece, Maddy.

super-maddy

This past Christmas, Maddy and I bonded like crazy! It was, I don’t know how else to put it aptly—so fricken beautiful! (And yes, I am a writer and those are the only words I have!) One particular moment of blissful “connect” was one excellent naked morning trying to get her dressed after we had showered together. Maddy would have none of it—she hopped up on my sister’s bed, pointing madly at the stereo thing on the dresser. “Manda! Manda! Body dance! Body dance!” she said, her wet gold curls bouncing with delight. Clueless Aunt Manda went to the stereo and put the radio on. Maddy turned to look at me, eyes full of pity and consternation, like I was the dumbest, saddest turd on the planet. (Gotta love the stark honesty of children!) I called for my sister who explained that “Body Dance” was Maddy-speak for a particular song: “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai. Aaaaand Scene:

INT. PARENTS’ BEDROOM— A GRAY WINTER’S MORNING

AMANDA, brunette woman, mid-to-late 30’s, unclothed, wet hair, moves to the stereo.

CLOSE UP: HER FINGER PUSHES PLAY BUTTON: ‘CLICK’

WE HEAR: CANNED HEAT BY JAMIROQUAI

PAN TO:

MADDY, Amanda’s niece, 2, also in the buff, shining like she has swallowed the Sun, starts to hop madly all over the bed, huge smile on face.

MADDY

It’s BODY DANCE, Manda!!!!

Amanda starts to dance too, grinning like a fool at the excellence of her niece, arms akimbo like a goalie, ready to catch the babe lest she take flight.

AMANDA

Go, Maddy!! Go, Maddy!! Raise the roof!

FADE TO BLACK

Or more like, EXPLODE INTO PURE LIGHT

So, ever since then, I have fallen into mad love with Jamiroquai. When Maddy calls we have dance parties that stretch from Cali to Boulder.

Their music is just perfect for me (and, I’m sure, for others, as well—it’s ok—I’ll share)! Since sweet Maddy’s introduction of them to me I have acquired all of their albums and they have become the soundtrack of my life during this excellent new phase! And I am in LOVE with the lead singer and songwriter Jay Kay. He is so damn devil-may-care and delicious in his crazy hats, his whole body full of music. Love, love, love nutty dudes.

Enjoy—and find your own BODY DANCE!

It’s fricken FREEING!

“Only connect.”  — E.M. Forster

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