Saturday night was a Mardi Gras Ball for the Youth at our church. My eighth grade daughter invited a study group of hers from school as her guests. We made a production out of it with a pre-party at our house beforehand. It was fun to have the teenagers come and watch the young ladies and gentlemen now mingle together with a tad bit of awkwardness. I wish we could have invited everybody but as I put 8 kids into my 6 passenger car to drive them home, I know there is only room for so many. They begged to be together on the drive home and go to Waffle house after... but I declined the restaurant as I was wiped out. Maybe I should have. We are all only young once.
During the dance, I poured drinks for the attendees and chatted with the other chaperones and spied a little. I really wanted to dance though. I'm always called to the dance floor especially with some 80's music. I did get to dance last weekend at another Mardi Gras Ball. The whole family attended but did not dance together as I naively thought we would. Who was I kidding? They are almost both teenagers now. What was I thinking?!! I did get to sing Bon Jovi at the top of my lungs with a complete stranger. So...much...fun!
Music has an energy all of it's own that is so good for the soul.
Who doesn't need some uplifting?
Towards the end of the evening, I am counting down the minutes til it's time to bring the group home. And then I hear "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. Oh yes! They played this last year. I climb up on the stage to video. While I'm videoing, I hear the joyous screams that came with the massive shooting out of shiny confetti and I think how lucky I am to catch this on my phone. Since then, I have watched this video over and over. The energy of it captivates me. I see such an exciting energy that only music can do. As I hear the chorus of young voices chanting, "the smell of wine and cheap perfume," I chuckle. And then as the beat of the music gets faster, I can barely make out but know the arms are in the air and bodies are jumping up and down. Together. The foam fingers give it away.
Unity. Excitement. Energy.
That energy is so captivating. On Sunday as I drove to pick up Mallory from a sleepover, I found the song and streamed it through the car speakers and turned it way up and sang very loudly as I can only do when I'm alone in my car.
My soul was uplifted and I went to a happy place.
I forget how much music moves me.
(Enjoy - you may have to click it twice to go to You Tube to watch it)