Celebrating my birthday in this space.
I have such wonderful memories of adding more and more people to invitation list and getting to spend the day reading the greetings you gave me. From favorite cakes and presents to the quotes that speak to your hearts I have opened each gift with all the reverence reserved for the kind of love they were given with.
But this year is different, This year I turn 45 and instead of bemoaning a likely mid-way point of my life I want to smile, I want to giggle and dance instead.
So I asked for a song. In the words of my dear friend, Holly, I wanted your “razzle-dazzle” song.
A hip- swinging, butt- shimmying, hands- over- your- head, white-man’s-overbite, get- on -down or get- on- up song that moves your body & mind while making it impossible for you to sit in your chair.
I’ve been sitting in my chair for far too long.
My birthday seems like that perfect time to celebrate and reminiscence, it’s the perfect time to DANCE.
The answers came from every corner of my world and added up to over 12 hours! (wow) of music, memories and songs that are guaranteed to make you want to celebrate 45 with me.
Here it is...
A Spotify (ready to share) list of all the songs given to me by everyone I love.
Hoping this gift helps you celebrate this birthday me.
Kir’s Celebration Track
Old school hits from Frankie Vallie and Frank Sinatra to club favorites from Biggie, 50 Cent and Mark Morrison. We’ve got your favorites from Whitney and Pitbull, Chris Brown showed up and AC/DC shook us all night long.
We went from country to club, indie to progressive and pop and came all the way back to disco. From one decade to the next we all found our groove.
I learned a few new songs from Mint Royale, The Polyphonic Spree, The Philip Glass Ensemble and Jennifer Tyrnin that have become new favorites.
I learned the Gio loves to get down to some Carly Rae and Jacob prefers New Direction and Pharrell when he shakes his bootie. John opted for December 1963 nights and some Good Vibrations.
Best friends wanted Blurred Lines, Pitbulls and Yeah (3 Times!).
The song picked more than once:
I Gotta Feeling
and the one picked more than a dozen times:
Our Taylor : Shakin it Off:
Cause the players gonna play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off. Shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Seems like a perfect message for my 2nd act.
There were the Divas; Madge, Mary J, Mariah and Martina. Aretha came round and so did Donna, P!nk, Thelma and Lady Gaga.
U2 came to play, Katy Perry followed behind in pink heels and Prince finally arrived all dressed in purple.
What would a celebration mix be without Michael, Elvis and Justin? They were all invited and they showed, bringing Neil, The Black Keyes and even the Cast of Glee.
There are ROCK ANTHEMS, ceilings that can’t hold us and Greased Lightening rocking alongside smooth criminals and Mr. Blue Sky.
I realized almost immediately that Arnebya really needed a post of her own because there isn’t a song she’s met that doesn’t make her want to get up and get down to those back beats . The bonus? She and Andrea can outlast any rapper in the universe. (this is the joy of sharing my day with all of you, seeing everyone enjoy it and sing the lyrics over one another. It was the pre-game and it was awesome!)
There are ladies that love disco as hard and long as I do…and we so we invited Chic, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Bee Gees , The Village People and Abba into the inner sanctum to get down on it.
There were stories that touched my heart from Alexandra ( about babies!) , Julie ( about friends that are like family) Kristen (about girls having fun and what her mom taught her about herself!) and Tricia ( about making every day the Best Day of our Lives!) Then Kelly picked a song just for us from Darius Rucker and Nicole sent me a message that sparkled with words that made me feel like a rainbow-unicorn.
We brought back the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and tagging along behind were memories of high school dances, the backseat of cars, first kisses and first heartbreaks. College parties and our free, musical single lives. We danced each other into our adult selves.
Hey, It still takes two to get you into the groove and move like Jaggar.
(see what I did there? )
We wanted to see your tootsie roll and hear you scream “Let’s get loud!” just in time for Mickey to show up. He’s so fine, you see!
And while I’m sure we’ve missed a few of your favorites I’m counting on you leaving them in the comments (consider it my present!) and I can add them on and keep the party going like it’s 1999.
I’m sure you’re all wondering what my go to song is, the one that will bring me to the dance floor every time?
It’s this 80’s classic from the Breakfast Club complete with all my made up dance steps
I could move out to the left for a while
I could slide to the right for a while
I could get up and back
Right on track
But is right on track
Is that gonna get you back?
Wow, this is some party! Careful on the confetti!
Wait! Before you go …just promise me you’ll listen to this playlist today and maybe over the weekend and perhaps into next month and when you do you’ll think of me and how, in this moment
I’m so happy I could die
there is no place I’d rather be…than here with all of you my friends…
And because there is always a parting gift …I’m leaving you with a ditty that promises to “Rick-Roll” you courtesy of my incredible friend Jennifer:
Nope, my friends….Never Gonna Give You Up!
…you’re welcome for the ear-worm and Keep Dancing!
(Thanks for celebrating with me: Alison, Arnebya, Andrea, Shell, Katie, Elaine, Jennifer, Val, Leigh Ann, Greta, Kristin, Kristen, Deborah, Kate, Dana, Marian, Jessie, Angela Holly, Andra, Christine, Charlotte, Barbara, Lori, Lauren, Kristina, Kim, Lou, Eli, Tracy, Alexandra, Nicole, Suniverse, Leigh Ann, Tiina, Alex, Michele, Jennie, Laura, Keely, Kiran, Natalie, Julie, Kerstin, Morgan, Lisa, Noelle, Alyssa, Valerie, Victoria, Kristian, CarolAnn, Meg, Tricia, Elizabeth, Carrie, Sarah, Sherri, Tina, Tara, Tonya and Mom)