Slow Songs

During the New Frontier

Kennedy’s Day

Boys and girls started

Dancing apart

Not holding each other

Juke boxes

Played the fast version

Of ‘Blue

Moon’ instead of slow

We need

Togetherness now these days

Family life

Remembrance of dancing touching

Listening to slow songs

36 thoughts on “Slow Songs

  1. brian miller says:

    Music grows and changes over time. I am not sure how to describe school dances these days. None in the last 2 years, but before that (I am a teacher) it seems more about performance in dance circles than a couple crooning close. Its always nice to get a slow song occassionally, to see who is willing to dare….

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  2. lillian says:

    Blue moon……you saw me standing alone…. Oh the memories that come flooding back with your post here. JFK, founding of the Peace Corp and those high ideals of helping others….
    yep….think the twist, mashed potatoes, the stroll….so many dances that took the girl and boy apart. Slow dances came farther and fewer at the sock hops and proms….hmmmm was it a conspiracy on the part of the older generation, upset to see Elvis’ hips gyrate on the Ed Sullivan show and petrified what that image and fad would “do” to “our youth”??? Your post made me smile.

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  3. Lucy says:

    I miss the closeness much more than I thought I would, and I was pretty anti-social pre pandemic. Now I crave group gatherings and togetherness, even dancing and I don’t dance lol. One step at a time, though togetherness is needed now more than ever indeed. Beautifully written and it shows how things change from the past.

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  4. Sherry Marr says:

    And remember how, when a couple was dancing really well, the crowd would form a circle around them and watched? That happened to me a few times. It was so cool.

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  5. Helen Dehner says:

    I came of age in the 50’s .. when jukeboxes played slow songs I said silent prayers that the boy I had a crush on would ask me to dance. When he did, words cannot describe how a fifteen year old girl felt. Love your poem.

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  6. merrildsmith says:

    A tender ode. We do need togetherness, but there were also a lot of negative things in squaresville. 😏 The other side of the standing apart thing though is that you can dance as a group and enjoy dancing even if you don’t know the steps. (And then in pre-Covid times, go hug someone.)

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  7. Mish says:

    How true. I like the comparisons and connections you make here. I am ready for hugging my sons, and not self distancing with friends who are vaccinated. The trick will be who is and who isn’t, although our numbers are looking very good at 79% and we’re not done yet.

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