It Gets Better by Swedish House Mafia – Saturday Song

It Gets Better by Swedish House Mafia

I hadn’t prepared a song for this week, but a recent release made the choice easy. Released on the 15th July, and one that got “haussed” as we say in Swedish. Apparently the band’s three dot logo appeared all over the place, the band members started to tag the band on social media and the press started to write about a coming song.

I’m talking about Swedish House Mafia and their new song “It gets better”

I have listened to it quite a few times already, and I still can’t decide what I think about it. But they keep me coming back and that says something I guess. 

You’ll have to decide for yourself!

I did like it better when I watched the video today which is really awesome and made the song make more sense. The video is directed by Alexander Wesseley.

For those that like to read up, here’s a long Billboard article about the new song and their reunion.

Enjoy!


It Gets Better by Swedish House Mafia

Chicago Juke – A Quadrille

Chicago Footwork

Up and down the city streets
The place is quivering with heat
Rising from the dusty concrete
Undulating to the juke’s syncopated beat
Everybody Chicago footworking their feet
A dance where struggle liberation meets
Echoing the racing heartbeats
As the vocals reverse and repeat

©RedCat

Written for tonight’s Quadrille prompt over at dVerse. The sweet little poem consists of just 44 words. Since our host urged us to: 

“Let’s get the hips a swaying to the rhythm //of words. Let your voices rise & SinG!” 

Quadrille 131 – with Brian Miller

I chose another meaning of the prompt word juke. That of the music genre Chicago Juke that is intimately connected with the dance form footwork

You can listen to the music and watch the dance in the links I’ve added.

Happy tenth anniversary!


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Bangs and Works Volume 1

Last dance by Donna Summer – Saturday Song

Last dance by Donna Summer

Tonight another song from last week’s dance workshop.

Last dance by Donna Summer

Who haven’t danced to this? It’s disco. It’s happiness!

And one part of the lyrics makes me smile with a mischievous grin!

To hold me, to scold me,

‘Cause when I’m bad

I’m so, so bad

Last dance by Donna Summer

Enjoy!


You’ll find other Saturday Songs here.


Last dance by Donna Summer – Lyrics

Last Dance
Last Dance for love
Yes, it’s my last change
For romance tonight

I need you, by me,
Beside me, to guide me,
To hold me, to scold me,
‘Cause when I’m bad
I’m so, so bad

So let’s dance, the last dance
Let’s dance, the Last Dance
Let’s dance, this Last Dance tonight

Last Dance, Last Dance for love
Yes, it’s my last change
For romance tonight

Oh, I need you, by me,
Beside me, to guide me,
To hold me, to scold me,
‘Cause when I’m bad
I’m so, so bad

So let’s dance, the Last Dance
Let’s dance, the Last Dance
Let’s dance, this Last Dance tonight

Yeah, will you be my Mr. Right?
Can you fill my appetite
I can’t be sure
That you’re the one for me
But all that I ask
Is that you dance with me
Dance with me, dance with me, yeah

Oh I need you, by me,
Beside me, to guide me,
To hold me, to scold me,
‘Cause when I’m bad
I’m so, so bad

So let’s dance, this Last Dance
Let’s dance, this Last Dance
Let’s dance, this Last Dance tonight

Oh I need you, by me,
To beside, to guide me,
To hold me, to scold me,
‘Cause when I’m bad
I’m so, so bad

So, come on baby, dance that dance
Come on baby, dance that dance
Come on baby, let’s dance tonight…

Source: Musixmatch
Song writer: Summer Donna
Lyrics to: Last Dance © Sweet Summer Night Music
Last dance by Donna Summer

Daily Haibun, June 30th – Happiness and Sunset

© RedCat

As I mentioned in my Wednesday Re-post I have have had two hours dance workshop tonight. On my way home I took a long walk through city. To stretch tiered muscles, feel the puls of the city (haven’t been much of that for what feels like ages) and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Few things makes me as happy as dancing.

As sunset clouds glow
My mind fills with happy flow
Rehearsing dance show

© RedCat


© RedCat

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Ode to a dancer (2019 Re-post)

©REDCAT

Your movement is mesmerizing enchanting
Your body radiating exuberance
Your eyes sparkle with joy
Sharing the bliss of dance with us all

Teaching how to be in the moment of movement
A guiding star to follow
All these words and more I would pen for you
As many as it takes to show my gratitude

After all, the smile on your face, the energy you give
Have led me back to a path thought lost
Rekindled a passion smothered
Showed that honing your skill will always pay off

I thank the fates for putting you in my life

In gusting autumn winds
bare bowers sway like
arms of dancers.

© RedCat

Alonso Reyes on Unsplash

Re-post comment:

Sitting on a bus on my way to a two hours dance workshop for the dancer who inspired this post. It felt natural that this was this week’s archive find.

This is my first try at a Haibun. And had I only formatted it differently and used interpunktion it could have been. Instead it’s a poem followed by a Haiku. And I decided to leave it like that.


Nathan DeFiesta on Unsplash

Written for dVerse. First time trying this format. Hope it’s mostly right… Written on the fly, will fix formatting later.


The Dance by Garth Brooks – Saturday Song

The Dance by Garth Brooks

I’m always very proud and a bit embarrassed whenever someone comments that one of my poems reminds them of a song. Proud because it feels like I’ve made it. Embarrassed because it feels like I’m not worthy of such comparisons. I’m working hard to do something about that last part.

That being said, my inspiration for this weekend’s song comes from Dwight at Roth poetry, who commented that my poem “When opportunity comes to call” made him think of “The Dance” by Garth Brooks

Listening to it, my pride and embarrassment got replaced by amazement. It is such a beautiful song. And here I want to use a Swedish word without a direct English translation. Finstämd which means sweet, touching, moving the heart and soul. (Finely attuned, finely-tuned, delicate and sensitive according to my dictionary.)

I teared up as I sat listening. Touched by the song and by being able to write something that reminded Dwight of it. 

I relate very much to the refrain. Yes, sometimes foreknowledge would have made it possible to avoid heartache and pain, but inevitably it would have meant missing moments that will forever shine like stars in our memory. And I for one prefer having the memories, having lived and loved. 

Listen and enjoy!


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The Dance – Lyrics

Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared ‘neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you’d ever say goodbye

And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end, the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance

Holding you, I held everything
For a moment wasn’t I the king
If I’d only known how the king would fall
Hey, who’s to say, you know I might have changed it all

And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end, the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance

If our lives are better left to chance
Oh, our lives are better left to chance
Oh, our lives are better left to chance

I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance

Källa: Musixmatch

The Dance by Garth Brooks

Daily Haibun – May 29th

Photo by Simon Noh on Unsplash

Tonight was movie night with the kids. We saw The Mitchells vs the Machines, as usual I had the English subtitles on since the Swedish translations don’t always do the original justice and since it can be hard to hear with two kids talking. I don’t have much to say about the movie. What struck me as so often before is how the music plays such a big part of the experience, and how they like the credits nearly as much as the film because it’s a chance to dance and sing.

Music has always been a big part of my life, listening to, singing, dancing to. So I’m not surprised this streak is clearly visible in my children.

Life begins with sound
Fortissimo live-spark start
Heartbeat, boom, boom, boom

©RedCat


The Haiku is made up of three lines from the first stanza of my poem Life begins with Sound published in The Poet’s Symphony


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Sounds Of Spring

Evening sky over Stockholm
©RedCat

The sounds of spring
makes me dance and sing
such a lovely thing
the sweet song of spring

The air turns warm
after winter storms
you our love affirm
with your smile so warm

The fields are green
the bright flowers gleam
will you be my queen
in the summer green

Love fills my heart
as the swallows dart
as cold winds depart
Your love fills my heart

The moon shines bright
in the pale blue night
in your eyes so bright
let us kiss tonight

©RedCat

Written for Meet the bar waltzing at dVerse. Have been humming waltz rhythms since yesterday. This is written to be sung to the count of three even if the first lines in each stanza have 4 syllables and the rest 5 syllables. It’s all a matter of how a word is sung.


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