Dance With Me… Right Now (Yes, Now!)

One fine day,
you’ll look at me
And you will know our love was meant to be…

Sometimes you don’t need a specific memory for a song to have an impact on your life – in this case, I have no memory or story attached to this one. I didn’t see the George Clooney/Michelle Pfeiffer movie that bears its namesake, nor do I have any recollection of any time I heard it prior to this moment. (Of course, I have heard it, but no specific time in my life sticks out in correlation to it.)

If I did have a memory attached to it – or, more accurately, if I could attach this song to a memory – it would be of a September weekend in Ogunquit, as Andy and I walked along Main Street and the Marginal Way for the first time. The sun was shining, the summer was still burning, and the first flush of love was on our cheeks.

The arms  I long for
Will open wide
And you’ll be proud to have me right by your side…

These days, this music just makes me want to get up and dance, and any time that happens I take the song and play it to death, because we all need a little more dancing in our lives.

I’ll keep waiting, and someday darling
You’ll come to me when you want to settle down…

While the original recording by The Chiffons as seen above will be its classic incarnation, I do have an affinity to the following rollicking version by the writer herself, the majestic Carole King. Both versions beg you to move your feet. Go on, you know you want to… and I promise I won’t tell anyone, so long as you do the same.

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