Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Top Five List #2

So, I forgot yesterday. Look, let's not let this come between us. I'll make it up to you. Let's make an agreement. I'll post two, that's right...two, blog entries today. Are we all agreed? Good.

Top 5 activities to engage in when you’re feeling down

5. Sad Movies – because sometimes when you’re feeling blue what you really need to do is cry it out. But sometimes you just can’t get there on your own. I recommend: King Kong (why? why? why couldn’t we just leave him in peace?), Life is Beautiful (apparently even if you’re in a concentration camp), or The Notebook (or any other aching type of love story).

4. Shopping – nothing fixes a good down home blue like some solid retail therapy. New shoes, new purse, new book, soap. I mean, really, anything works.

3. Playing the Piano – or if you don’t play the piano, playing whatever instrument you do play. It takes a lot of concentration and is something that you can easily get lost in. This is my go to activity when I’m feeling blue but I’d rather not be (as opposed to the movie wallow above).

2. Casual Sex – I’ve never actually tried this one myself but it seems very popular. I see all sorts of depressed looking girls desperately advertising for sex at bars. I assume that the sex ultimately cheers them up?

1. Drinking and/or drugs. Again, a very popular pastime. I was going to go all “positive” here and say exercise…because magazines are always telling me to just go for a run and I’ll feel sooooo much better. No, I won’t. I’ll feel sweaty and fat and ungraceful and, frankly, a little too bouncy. No thanks In Shape magazine, I think I’ll just keep drinking my troubles away like the rest of the world, thank you very much.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Top 5 List #1

Let's make an agreement. This week I'm going to write a useless top 5 list every day...okay, every business day. That's 5 top 5 lists for your reading pleasure. Now you have to read those lists, that's your part of the agreement. Good? Are we all agreed? Good.

Top 5 movies where people overcome obstacles through dance

5. Dirty Dancing – Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze manage to overcome class differences with their touching and awkwardly erotic final dance number.

4. Save the Last Dance – Julia Stiles comes to grip with her mother’s death and ultimately honors her memory with a kick-ass modern dance audition piece for Julliard. Oh yeah, she also overcomes opposition to her interracial relationship by demonstrating her ability to get jiggy with it at the local “Negro” club.

3. Centre Stage – While Jodi Sawyer is very pretty she’s not very turned out and she may, in fact, have bad feet. Oh what’s an aspiring ballerina to do? Dancing what she feels and a liberal dash of lip biting combine to catapult her career into being a principle in Cooper Nielson’s new company. Suck on that ABC.

2. Take the Lead – Antonio Banderas dances the hottest damn tango ever with some blonde chick. The rest of this movie is fuzzy for me; I don’t think it was very good. But I was left with the impression that obstacles were overcome and dance definitely had something to do with it.

1. A Chorus Line – I can’t even begin to go into it here. Every single person auditioning for this Broadway show is trying to overcome some neurosis. These people do nothing but overcome obstacles for the entire 113 glorious minutes.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Interpretive Dance in Your Life

Don't you wish that you had more interpretive dance in your life? Be honest with me here. When you're feeling low does anything feel better than swaying along to Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares to You, belting out the song lyrics and allowing an expression to come across your face that indicates that you REALLY MEAN IT.

And when you're totally jazzed, those brief moments when you're on top of the world is there anything better than belting out Love Shack by the B52's while acting out your interpretation of what it's like to be in that little old place where we can get together?

And can you really, truly sing along to a song by Bonnie Tyler without clutching at your chest and gesturing towards your imaginary audience. Can you? Really?