What Music Do You Dance To?

‎”Hell, there are no rules here– we’re trying to accomplish something.” Thomas A. Edison

I haven’t decided yet if this post is going to be a mix of the mundane and the majestic or something entirely different. Don’t know that I need to make a decision because sometimes the joy of journey is in the walk to wherever it is I am heading.

Been listening to Springsteen sing Tunnel of Love all day and all night now. Never get tired of it. In between I have been listening the 1812 Overture and a bunch of other stuff as well.

Caught myself dancing last night, not just dancing but moving with reckless abandon. This doesn’t happen often.

You have to understand that I have a body built for demolition and not for grace. These aren’t words that I just use for writing either. They are as good a self description as you will find of how I see myself.

Someone once described me as a man who has meat paws for hands and said that I lumber through life. Now I don’t know that I agree with that. I am not clumsy and though I may not be Michael Jordan I am relatively athletic.

But my perception is that I look silly when dancing so consequently I am quite cognizant of space and light on the dance floor. That is a euphemistic way for saying that I am careful about when and where I will dance.

Still that doesn’t mean that I won’t dance or that there isn’t music that makes me move. Both of the songs above and the two contained here make me move. Maybe I am growing more comfortable with some things and less concerned about others.

Don’t know that it matters, I am just thinking out loud. Maybe I should read Julie’s post about signs again and think about it.

The Universe Is Speaking To Me & I Am Listening

In the quiet of the night I might admit to you that I have gone past the place where I say that I am agnostic about whether the universe speaks to us. I might admit to accepting there are more than a few things that I can’t explain or understand.

I am good with that. It is ok.

So I am just running with the feeling and sharing a few thoughts about this and that with you.

Blogging is not an obligation. It should be fun and if you aren’t having fun with it than I want to know what you are doing. Are you writing because you are getting paid for it? Are you writing because you think it will help build your business?

I do it because I have to.

Really. It is something that I am compelled to do because words are a part of me. I live and breathe them. I suspect that my friend Judy might understand that. I am sure that many others do too.

I am a professional writer.

Who I Was and Who I Am

Gini and Bill might tell you that I am Dear Abby but I am most definitely not. If you don’t read my blog you probably haven’t stumbled onto any of my professional work.

But I am working on changing that. Got things in motion that should do as Danny asks in this post. I would like to say that I am farther along than I am. I would like to say that but it is not true.

That doesn’t mean that I am denying my urge to climb or that I have declared myself done because I am just getting started. You see it took me a few years to figure out what I was supposed to be doing and then a bit more to set things in motion so that I could make it all happen.

I suppose that you could say it has been slower because there isn’t a map for me to follow or a guide that I can use for a quick and easy install. There is just me learning as I go along.

These lessons cover a wide variety of topics. Some of them are simple things about writing. There is a story and stories that I have to tell that surprise me because this is not something that I ever thought would be part of my writing. But when I write about these tales people respond.

They ask questions and make requests for more.

I wrestle with some of this. I can provide more. It comes out of me far more easily than I ever would have guessed and I wonder why people don’t get bored with it. And then I wonder why ask why. If people like it and want it than I should write it.


Because I am a writer and I want to tell and sell my stories.

I know a few things about social media too. Sometimes I write about that because it interests me and it interests you.

Mostly I listen to the music inside my mind and try to let that out so that you hear what I hear. It is what makes me dance.

What about you?

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  1. deedeecocheta July 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    @lorirtaylor thanks for the new friendship. Look forward to tweeting & sharing motherly tips 🙂

  2. CrossBetsy July 6, 2012 at 4:43 am

    If we’re talking about music, I can’t help but choreograph and create a story in my mind for everything I listen to!
    When I write I start with a simple thought and let it play itself out. I just follow along and am always surprised when the end tidily ties itself to something at the beginning. It fun, magical, and very rewarding. 
    I have had a blast getting to know my ancestors and letting them tell their stories in a way that relates to my life in the present.
    Music, dancing, writing, stories, all forms of art touch and activate a part of our brains that make us feel alive. I often wonder about all of the writers, musicians, artists, and dancers who’ll never know how they’ve influenced and added to the richness of my life…

    • TheJackB July 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm

       @CrossBetsy I understand the choreography, at least I think I do. Most of the time when I listen to music I see a dance inside my head, so if that is what you are referring to I get it.
      I think those stories you have told have been great, just wonderful to read and think about.

  3. Julie July 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Like the Grinch, my heart just grew three sizes.
    I do it (I think) in part because I love to write and engage, in part because it’s part and parcel of where the universe is asking me to go, and 100% because you all are listening.  When you listen, that means my little part of that shiny universal mission comes true.  It’s you dancing every day without a care in the world.  And a lot of other people doing their thing in that same way, where their heart sings and they love their life.  When I die if I can say.”I came here to do something and I did it,” then I can die happy.  So basically the blog is a means to us all having our right end and enjoying the hell out of the process.

    • TheJackB July 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

       @Julie | A Clear Sign The part that caught my eye is “enjoying the hell out of the process.” That is my goal, to enjoy the journey and to do it alongside of others who do the same.

  4. KDillabough July 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I will dance to anything…and I do:) You are where you are, and that’s the right place to be. As each moment unfolds, the same holds true. Cheers! Kaarina

  5. NYCKidsbookshop July 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

    A refreshing read. Just be and keep on!
    I enjoy dancing to the beat of my own drum when I’m not dancing with reckless abandon to Electronic Dance Music. 🙂

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