Monday Mantra #11: Begin the Beguine
Hello New Year, Happy 2018!
I want to dance my way into the new year even with music so archaic probably our grandparents were too young to have heard it live. I enjoy and appreciate some aspect of the old-fashioned life as our world feverishly changes into digital books, self-driving cars and the globalization of corporations…that we can in some way feel small and insignificant.
Of course, new year means getting rid of the old and in with the new! We can purge repetitive and negative thoughts, alter bad habits, change or quit jobs that make us sick to our stomach, and move to places that makes us smile and sing, and travel to destinations that make us shake that groove thing! I wish this for you, and so much more.
As the title of the post suggests, “Begin the Beguine,” is a 1935 Cole Porter song that’s very bouncy, meant to be danced to in a Foxtrot style. If you dig deeper, the word “beguine” itself has other meanings (I will leave the research for you, my friend.) The song was rendered beautifully also by Artie Shaw (my favorite version) Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. [Click here for the full playlist]
Wishing you a hop in your step, a crinkle in your smile and a twinkle in your eyes, have a wonderful, most exciting 2018!
“When they begin the beguine It brings back the sound of music so tender, It brings back a night of tropical splendor, It brings back a memory evergreen.”