By Judy Berman
One Sunday, as I was leaving church, I turned on my iPhone and started dancing in the parking lot.
One man smiled as he left the parking lot. A woman, however, seemed to be hurriedly walking past me as she ushered her child to her car.
Probably thought I was crazy. It made me smile.
For anyone who knows me, this is not my usual behavior.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que owner, John Stage once described the way I threaded thru his restaurant/bar crowd in Syracuse, New York, as “cautious as a hemophiliac in a razor-blade factory.” I always found that to be dead-on and hysterical.
What prompted the change? Rapper Pharrell Williams’ very upbeat song, “Happy.” I definitely caught the vibe. Every time I listen to it, I want to burst out singing or dancing.
As the song says, “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof … because I’m happy.” It’s a feeling I wish that everyone shared.
The song comes from the film, “Despicable Me 2,” which Pharrell helped create the soundtrack for, according to hollywoodreporter.com.
The song is 4 minutes long and plays in a loop 15 times an hour on 24 hourlong videos found on the website 24hoursofhappy.com. I watched two one-hour segments. Some feature celebrities like Steve Carell. It also includes extras, your average Joe or Jane on the streets of Los Angeles, who just wants to dance and have some fun.
That number might get a little old for some folks. Maybe their ears are bleeding after the first 1 ½ hours.
But, not for me. It was a quick pick-me-up.
Depending on your perspective, you might dance and sing along as well.
How we look at things and how we react to things can make or break our day. Patti LaBelle’s “New Attitude” (1984) in the movie, “Beverly Hills Cop,” sums it up well.
So, if you see some woman rockin’ out to a music video you can’t see or hear, try not to freak out. She might appreciate it if you dance and sing along.
Happy, Happy New Year!!!
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Music Video – Pharrell Williams – “Happy” (2013) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM
Main Photo: Dancing – taken by Jesus Solana, Madrid, Spain – April 6, 2009 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fa/2010_-_A_year_plenty_of_Hopes.jpg/640px-2010_-_A_year_plenty_of_Hopes.jpg
Music Video – Patti LaBelle – “New Attitude” (1984) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWfZ5SZZ4xE