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There is Hope…My Daughter’s Dance Studio??

For the last two nights I’ve been spending my evenings at my daughter’s dance recital. For most dads, this is brutal – enduring hours of 4-year-olds in tutus, hundreds of twirls, jumps and gyrations. In my case I was particularly apprehensive because given today’s hip-hop society, I would have to endure hours of noise accented with either profane language or bleeps were profane language used to be.

Uh-uh.

The recitals were a showcase in good music, with kids dancing to the Go-Go’s, the Bangles, Dexys Midnight Runners, Wham! and the Beatles. There were throwbacks to the 70s, with Earth, Wind, and Fire, the Allman Brothers and Donna Summer.

They even dipped into the obscure, with two songs by Regina Spektor and other songs by Ani DiFranco and the White Stripes (obscure to 75 percent of the population, at least). I heard a few hip-hop songs – including one that I’ve got to track down, because it may rival “My Humps” as the worst song ever written – but I enjoyed almost every performance.

There were even a few artists that I had never heard of – Tina Dico, Nichole Nordeman and Missy Higgins. And how Peter Gabriel’s “The Book of Love” had eluded me all this time is embarrassing. I have some work to do.

Oh yeah. The dancing was pretty darn good. Am I officially a dance dad?

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5 Comments

  1. Oh, Missy Higgins is wonderful. I think I might be in love with her. There are a few songs on my blog, if you’d like to check her music out further. “The Sound Of White” is astonishing.

    What is the new rival for My Humps? I’m really intrigued if there can be anything much worse than My Humps. Except that London Town thing which sounds like My Jumps that Fergie character inflicted upon the world on her solo gig.

  2. MIssy and Tina– great. If you haven’t heard Tina Dico and her duet of While My Guitar Gently Weeps with AM- run down don’t walk.

    http://www.myspace.com/amsounds to hear it for free or of course it is on itunes- just hard to find

  3. Oh to be little again… The Beatles, The Bangles, Wham! Totally jealous they got to dance to that. Looks like we have an Official Dance Dad. =P

    Kyle, I completely agree. AM and Tina’s version of the “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is beautiful. I downloaded it and listen to it allll the time. Both very very talented artists.

  4. Thanks for the Tina Dico link – It’s funny how these little gems go undiscovered, but they’ve always been there, waiting to be found. That’s why this blog exists, and you all just surfaced another jewel. 🙂

    @Any Major Dude: I’m checking with the owner of the studio to see what the awful hip-hop song was. (It was part of a medley, and all I can remember were some God-awful sirens playing throughout the song.) Stay tuned…

  5. This blog makes smile : ) gotta love dance dads! But I had to comment on the fact that there was a song by Tina Dico…I love her!!! And I was very happy to see the post about that duet with AM, I went and found it so I could add it to playlists, sounds amazing ofcourse. AM is very talented too, just added him as a friend on myspace!

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