Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ballroom Burial

On Tuesday evenings I drive my daughter and three of her friends to choir practice. As they warm their voices up by talking fast or screaming simultaneously, four 12-year-old girls generate an unbelievable amount of noise, especially within the confines of a Passat. Once I’ve dropped them off, the drive home is a more relaxed, solitary affair, with no chorus of negative comment on my choice of music.

One of the traffic lights I stop at affords me a perfect view into the second floor headquarters of the Arthur Murray Dance Center in Bethesda. Between 7 and 8pm, it hosts what looks like a formal ballroom dancing class. Post-youth couples move gently around the room. This week they danced to Near Dark by Burial, at least from where I was sitting with my foot on the brake. The rhythm was slightly out of sync with the dancing, but that didn’t matter. For once in my day, I was not impatient for the light to turn green.

There are too many traffic lights, and way too few forms of entertainment to go with them.

7 comments:

halfhearteddude said...

It sounds like a scene from a movie which sets in motion a life-altering sequence of events. Do you think it was some non-specific non-deity telling you to take up ballroom dancing?

nathan3e said...

If I were forced to choose one artist and one artist only, it would be Burial. It is my opinion that he is a genuine genius. As an added bonus, my wife and children share my enthusiasm. My fourteen year old believes that Burial music sounds like night.

Stay-At-Home Indie-Pop said...

Halfhearted, ballroom dancing and I have a longstanding agreement that we remain separate entities until my leaden feet are both skeletal and safely entombed.

Nathan, your son speaks musical truth. At first I thought Burial was empty, then I began to appreciate its stark quality. My own kids, though, let it pass without comment. And if they don't comment, I know it's wise not to ask.

No Good Boyo said...

The film scene in question may have been this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7axu6BPmeaI&feature=related

halfhearteddude said...

Can't get the full URL, boyo, but I thought of Indie-Pop being played by Richard Gere (in the American version).

I think Indie-Pop would like to be played by Richard Gere.

No Good Boyo said...

Sorry about the URL, Senor Dude. It still works for me. Or else search on "Vampyr; Carl Th. Dreyer; en el molino" on the YouTubes.

Stay-At-Home Indie-Pop said...

Richard Gere in the movie version of the Stay-At-Home Indie-Pop blog: there are some ideas you just know are too good to ever reach fruition.

I liked the film clip, boyo. I'm sure that the full version, like all silent black and white movies frothed upon by the culturally astute, is not for the faint-hearted.