I’m not a huge Facebook user, but I do enjoy glancing through every day or so and taking a look at what friends and family are up to. I even post a picture once in a while. Sometimes I click on other people’s links and get sucked into a time warp, emerging shaking my head. A little dazed and confused. And, yes, often concerned–I mean, why is there a site about what people wear to Walmart? Who cares?
Anyway, yesterday a childhood friend had posted a link titled “This mashup of famous dance scenes is your new favorite video.” Beneath it said, “Where else can you see Beauty and the Beast, Magic Mike, and Cameron Diaz all in one place?” In a moment of weakness, perhaps induced by a desire to avoid all things report-card related, I clicked. After an odd advertisement, which seemed to have a target audience of cats, the words Shut up and Dance with me filled the screen. The music kicked in. The video started. I was hooked. Transported.
While Walk the Moon sang “Shut up and dance with me”, clips of dancing scenes from movies filled my laptop screen. What is there about dancing that just screams JOY? I couldn’t stop smiling, a full stretch-your-face smile, trying to identify the movies–Risky Business, Grease, Billy Elliott, Happy Feet, Dirty Dancing, Beetlejuice, and so many more.
And then, over half-way through, for a brief moment, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer filled the screen. In the patio scene from The Sound of Music. Their eyes locked. Their arms linked, lifting and forming graceful arches. Slowly, turning, they danced the Laendler and tears filled my eyes.
Tears don’t come easily to me, but something about that moment in the midst of such powerful joy moved me. Perhaps it’s my life-long love of all things Sound of Music. Perhaps it’s the youth of these two aging acting legends. Perhaps it’s knowing that in the background the Baroness watched, hurting, and the Nazis gathered. Perhaps it’s simply the longing and love captured in this moment.
I have now watched this video mishmash multiple times and each time I smile and feel my mood lift. Then that moment happens. Julie Andrews. Christopher Plummer. And each time my eyes tear up. And as I watch again and again, I’ve been considering music and dance and how they encompass so many emotions. These video scenes capture not just joy, but the emotional crux of each movie–as if the feeling has intensified to such a degree that mere dialogue can’t hold it any longer, it just spills over into song and dance. These moments are imbued with raw, powerful emotion, often joy and celebration, but more subtly, grit, defiance, longing, love, and determination. Transcendent.
So, I shared the link on my Facebook page, hoping to entice others into watching this mishmash of videos–One that moved me to joy and yet brought tears from one achingly poignant moment. And this morning, I opened my laptop and clicked on the link again. “Shut up and Dance with Me” filled the air, I sat back to watch, smiled and then, once again, was moved to tears.