Dance. Dancing. I have a strange relationship with it.
On one hand there’s the carefree abandonment of pure rhythmic self expression – on the other – the crushing sense of humiliation and external judgement.
Over the years I have moved through both extremes – the joyous innocence of youth followed by the terrified stumblings of teen years fueled by late puberty. Having my sister give me new moves and dancing my ass off in the gay bars of Glasgow only to be followed by the shame and self doubt of a directionles man in his twenties.
Now, thirty years later – sometimes I’m confident and charismatic – and sometimes I’m not.
What I’m placing on this list are tracks that at some point in the past, I’ve been able to shake off self doubt and expressionist temerity, and just dance.
They’re tracks that invariably put a smile on my face and indeed, a beat in my step.
A dancing leaf laughs at your hesitation to twirl, only given a short swoon to show off its grace and gratitude…it is a moment not to be missed. Flamboyant feels finite, their only dance lives infinitely in your body, now swaying to a song of remembrance with the newfound grace and gratitude dancing closely beneath your fingers.
Dancing has always been a movement easily distorted by distractions, a delight dimmed in an instant. In the same breath – to move can be the only gratitude you need in a day. If you are able to move through distortion and into the breath, the dance of life will be waiting there in your lungs and is as delightful as filling your cup with spirit on a hopeless and humid day.
Movement feels like being brought to life by becoming what the moment requires.
About the Curators
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the Dark Forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top, they would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
As a psychology graduate I studied how sound affects human performance.
As a musician I compose instrumental music that stimulates your brain but doesn't mess with your language centers, leaving you free to be creative and brilliant without distraction.
As the founder of musicto I’m on a mission to build a global creator community that collaborates through music. You can learn more about our community here.