[All linked YouTube clips have NSFW audio.]
I have just discovered Macklemore, an extremely irreverent musician who walks the line between hiphop and nerdcore. (I recently tweeted his Thrift Shop, which is simultaneously Ke$ha’s fashion anthem, my approach to steampunk, and an indictment of corporate fashion culture. So…yeah.) I think what I love most about his stuff is that he’s having so much fun!!!, which makes it so much fun to listen to.
[Aside that will be relevant to readers of MoF: Macklemore did an amazing piece called Same Love in advance of the vote on Referendum 74, which eventually legalized marriage equality in the State of Washington. It’s a beautiful song: I cried.]
But this song is currently my favorite.
And We Danced is a perfect reminder that (a) one of the most fun things in the world is dancing and (b) dancing can solve just about anything. It’s no coincidence that dancing is sacred in many cultures and it is perhaps also no coincidence that so little dancing happens in this one. The cliché of “dance like no one is watching” has truth, however: if you can let go and let the music take you, you can forget about all the depressing things that are dragging you down.
I will not. I will not. Give a damn who watches me!
I will live! I will live! Liberate the fox in me!
How often can we say that?
I will not be a mannequin—no!
The ego: banish it!
Words to live by, IMHO.
The roof is on fire!
Let’s burn down the Vatican.
…wait, what? I have no idea what this is supposed to mean, but it’s hilarious and reminds me of one of the greatest movies of all time, Eurotrip. This whole clip is pretty awesome, but all you need is from 1:31 through 1:49. Maybe we’ll just chalk it up to having fun and rhyming.
In any case, the truth is often the simplest:
In order to have the best dance party in the wooooooorld…
All you have to do: is dance.
Let’s have a blast and remember this moment for the rest of our lives!