I Need A Dance Song

1 Mar

Three points:

  • I love writing but it is tedious at times, especially when you’re as anal as I am
  • I have no money
  • I like to reward myself when I finish something
  • I can’t count

When I completed my first two (unpublished) collections, at various stages I danced: a reward for sticking with the drafting/editing/proofing process. Dancing is better than money. That’s what I tell myself, anyway.

The habit began by accident.  I wrote my South African collection over twenty years. One day, it occurred to me that I had unwittingly written a themed collection but it needed crafting. I listened to Mango Groove, a South African band, as I worked on it, and I felt like dancing after weeks slaving over a hot computer, so I put on Dance Sum More:

When it came to my second collection, Wholly Man, the South African vibe was all wrong, so I found this:

My third collection, published this summer, is a lighthearted look at menopause and motherhood. I have just completed the first draft and sent it off to my publisher* – literally ten minutes ago – and I was appalled to realise I have no dance song to celebrate.

Any suggestions?

It has to be cheerful and danceable and related to menopause and/or motherhood.

Find me something – I know you love a challenge.

*Which is why I haven’t yet replied to your comments; but I will, I promise…as soon as I finish reading my next course text (once I begin reading it) and write a poem based on it, due in tomorrow lunchtime.


20 Responses to “I Need A Dance Song”

  1. nichulme March 1, 2018 at 17:43 #

    It has the be “I’m every woman” Chaka Khan surely? So proud of you, boogie all night long you deserve it xxxx

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  2. judyt54 March 1, 2018 at 17:54 #

    “Stayin Alive” by the BeeGees.
    And this one, here’s the URL–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgtOGqnHawc by a guy called JJ Cale–I can boogie all around the house to that one, lol

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    • The Laughing Housewife March 1, 2018 at 17:59 #

      ‘Stayin’ Alive’? Hmm. Think that might be better for the Hub, who has managed to do just that through all of my truly insane mood swings 🙂

      I haven’t heard of JJ Cale. I really like this one but, where, exactly, is the wind blowing? And am I the bow-legged woman?*

      *Careful how you answer – remember those insane mood swings I was talking about?

      🙂 🙂 🙂

      Thanks for the suggestions, though!


  3. MELewis March 1, 2018 at 18:05 #

    Menopause? How about ‘Feeling, hot, hot, hot!’ 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Al March 1, 2018 at 18:09 #

    There’s a cute little ditty called “PMS” (postmenstrual Mambo) you might want to try.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. slpmartin March 1, 2018 at 19:34 #

    Hmm…how about…

    Liked by 1 person

  6. David J. Bauman March 2, 2018 at 07:04 #

    Okay, I’m not sure this relates to menopause or motherhood, but my mom probably said, “Shut up” to me plenty (I deserved it). And you are one man’s dream, you know, right, despite the hot flashes and snarls. And anyway, I can’t stop watching this video collage, and I can’t watch more than a few seconds without dancing in my seat and smiling. I first saw it in a writing challenge post by Margo Roby several years ago. You can thank me later. ‘;-)

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  7. thehutts March 2, 2018 at 12:51 #

    Congratulations – looking forward to reading a copy so let us know when it is published and where we can buy copies! No suggestions as to song to dance to from me I am afraid.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Frank March 5, 2018 at 09:57 #

    Gotta be Footloose by Kenny Loggins Sis

    Liked by 1 person

  9. thefolia March 10, 2018 at 22:35 #

    Happy writing…happy dancing!

    Liked by 1 person

I welcome your comments but be warned: I'm menopausal and as likely to snarl as smile. Wine or Maltesers are an acceptable bribe; or a compliment about my youthful looks and cheery disposition will do in a pinch.

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