Dance, like music, is universal and while the title of Orleans' "Dance with Me" may seem simple, it does get straight to the point. It was the group's first Top 40 single, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was on their third studio album Let There be Music. Written by the then husband-and-wife team of John and Johanna Hall, the 1975 release has a catchy melody and romantic lyrics that are sure to make you sway to the music.
"Dance with me, I want to be your partner. Can't you see, the music is just starting," alludes to not only dancing, but the beginning a new relationship. This soft rock gem had a quality that many 70s easy listening tracks had; from-the-heart songwriting with a lulling melody. Many songs today seem to address sex, not love. 70s music wanted to make you feel good and touch your spirit, not make you feel degraded. Like Johnny Rivers "Slow Dancing Swayin' to the Music," Orleans' "Dance with Me" illustrates that dancing is intimacy. Like the 70s, dance is more than a notion, it's a feeling.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.