Groove is in My Heart

Nothing gets me out of my own head like dancing. Painting and writing do, but in different ways. There’s just a different kind of freedom that comes from moving in rhythm to a collection of sounds…I don’t think I could live if I couldn’t dance.

I’m not exaggerating. Just stating what I know for myself to be facts.

I’ve been doing my damnedest to get out of my own brain for a few weeks now, finding music, yoga, tweeting my randomly erratic thoughts, eating, tequila shots, wedding planning, watching Tom & Jerry with the boys, and journaling to be worthwhile distractions from my cycling moods…..

but I haven’t danced lately and I find myself tonight, wanting nothing more than to turn up the volume and get lost in the release movement and sound bring me.

I can’t of course. Not right now. It’s 11:30pm and the boys are asleep….Bertski’s at his desk coding away, shrouded in the heaviest of concentrations….and I’m fairly sure my neighbors are sleeping.

So instead, I’m just sitting here watching my dance video playlist on YouTube.  

Watch. You’ll see why they’re on my list & making me smile tonight :)

Yea…these are MY videos…but they makes me smile…. :)

He’s Got the Funk

So apparently dancing runs in the family….

My. Kid. Rocks.

Dance Party Friday: Theme Music Edition

Theme songs. Every one has one. I have several. They are the ones that resonate and connect with me more than others, the ones that seem to define and give voice to a moment, situation, circumstance, or emotion in my life I can’t quite seem to articulate with words.

Tightrope by Janelle Monae is a part of the soundtrack of my life. She’s mixed in there somewhere between Prince, Nirvana, Hillsong United, dc Talk, Shelia E and an incredibly long list of other artists who make music that defines pieces of me. I’ve written about my love for this song before, and the lessons it’s taught me over on James & Jax’s blog, and when I think about what my life is like trying to manage Bipolar Disorder, I can’t help but find myself singing and shuffling my feet to this very song.

So…whether I’m high, low or somewhere in between, I’m gonna keep tippin on my tightrope. Motherhood. School. Faith. Bipolar Disorder. Medication. Therapy. LIFE…I gotta keep my balance and keep dancing my way through….

Now….this video y’all. It’s so far from perfect it’s not even funny. I first recorded a dance to this last week, but every time I went to save it, my software kept crashing on me. When I recorded it today (like 8 times) I just couldn’t get it right. I have to be honest and say I’m pretty embarrassed and frustrated by this….I want to do better quality stuff, but the techie in me must be burnt out because I can’t figure this one out y’all. Maybe I need a better webcam, better software, a new laptop (goodbye Dell, hello Macbook!) or I don’t know a better ME, but….something’s up. I wasn’t going to post this, but my amazingly supportive friend flooded my facebook with demands that I post it and “give the people what they want.” (her exact words, I promise) So…here it is. I hope at the very least it gets ya to boogie because forget me, the SONG itself is pure FIRE.

Shuffle and toe tap away my friends :) Enjoy your weekend. Start it off dancing :)

you can also find my other DPF videos here, here, and here

Dance Party Friday: It’s a Family Affair Edition

IT’S FRIIIIIIIDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!! YIPPPPPPEEEEEEEE!

Forgive me, but it’s been quite a week, so I had to get that out of my system. What’s that? Why has it been “quite a week,” you say? Well….

  • Migraines. ALL WEEK.
  • Rain. ALL WEEK.
  • Tired. ALL WEEK.
  • HOMEWORK. Mountains of it. ALL WEEK.
  • Boys being boys. ALL WEEK. (I woke up on Wednesday morning to BOTH of them AND their room being COVERED in baby powder…which I have yet to finish cleaning up)
  • My fridge kept going out. ALL WEEK. But, due to the awesome sauce and generosity of some of my new PBU friends, we were able to survive off of dry goods and the groceries they bought us to replace all the spoiled stuff. HALLELUJAH!
  • Did I mention migraines and homework already?
  • Sick toddler
  • The 4yr old did this:

    Trust me, you don't want to know how he did this!

    Soooooo. Can you see why I’m happy it’s the END of the week?! I don’t know how I actually managed to record this yesterday, but I did, and I have a special guest with me today: meet Mr. Brennan. He is 4 1/2. He enjoys the Superhero Squad, any electronic device, the drums, music, and can tell you what a trapezoid is. (I don’t even know that) He also LOVES to dance (who knew? wonder what side of the gene pool he got that from?) and he LOVES the songs we danced to yesterday.

    Recording with a 4 year old who is preoccupied with themselves on the giant monitor on mommy’s desk isn’t easy, but hey, I just went with the flow. Again, they aren’t perfect, but after the kind of week I’ve had people, life just never is :) And the best way I know to deal with it is to just get my body moving. So without further ado….here are our Dance Party Friday selections for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy :)

    Check out my other Dance Party posts: Square Biz Edition & Baby I’m a (Imperfect) Star