Monday, October 23, 2017

The Politics Of Dancing (vol. 22) – What were your Happy Days?

Happy DaysDepicting an idealized vision of life from the mid-50’s to the mid-60’s in the United States, ‘Happy Days’, which aired from Jan. 15, 1974 to Sept. 24, 1984 on ABC (in the United States), has for many of us become synonymous with what’s referred to as the best period in our respective lifetimes. On most cases, I would tend to think of it as the one seeing us between our mid-teens and mid-twennies, with that unique feeling the world belongs to us, discovering new things almost everyday, with everything seemin’ possible…
Is it to say though that the latter are gone after a certain age? I would definitely say no, although the natural facts of life such as building a family and the home that comes with tend to keep us aside/away from certain goals in the name of what’s reputedly known as realism, even though some of us would eventually get back to them years later… most likely once the kids are grown up, as one could read on so many personal blogs. A demonstration as to how that inner light which comes to embrace our hearts and souls at an early age never fully disappears, awaiting for the right opportunity/time to resurface and lead us to us back to these horizons where we feel like we can fully release if not realize ourselves.

I guess there’s hardly anything worse than wakin’ up one day suddenly left with the interrogation as to what we’ve been doin’ in our life. With the impression of havin’ walked aside what we felt like we were destined to, and ultimately livin’ with a feeling of uselessness. As for what I’m humbly concerned, although I’ve gone thru ups and downs like everybody, I’ve been blessed enough (at least until now) to maintain a strong link between my professional activities and that sparkle which I’ve inherited from my Happy Days: music! Be it while DJing, broadcasting, producing compilations, writing artist biographies, delivering reviews, reports and interviews for various mags, and (nowadays) keepin’ on spreadin’ the word with a tool adapted to the present times we’re livin’.
Music though happened to be way more than that for me… It would be the common thread leading to a spirit of search of understanding of the other, despite our said differences, as inherited from the Disco period at seminal NYC nightclub The Paradise Garage, but also to history of our various civilizations and hopefully a better understanding of our world. Themselves leading to meetings with people from all over the globe, embracing unsuspected new horizons to me and getting my interest further way to architecture, photography, design, food and the list seems like endless. All, so to say, comin’ up in what stands to me as an indivisible whole or, differently said a total… mix!
Inclined to let us know about yours (Happy Days)? Feel free to join the conv. This space is yours!

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