Tuesdays Tunes: “Land of a Thousand Dances”

Land Of 1000 Dances / You're So Fine | Discogs

My friends, it’s been close to one year that we’ve been under the siege of a very dangerous, pernicious and persistent virus that arose in the east and has devastated the entire world. Last year we had celebrated the coming of 2020 with all sorts of festivities and without fear. Then we started hearing the reports of a new and deadly virus that was spreading from Wuhan to many other parts of China. We didn’t think too much of it, but I reckon some specialists in the field of virology and infectious diseases were beginning to get concerned.

Then we all started to wonder what would happen, but it was still January and the threat seemed pretty far away and after all we remembered other pandemics that affected the far and middle east but not us, at least not too bad. But we were beginning to take preliminary steps because I recall that my wife and I would always walk on the sunny side of the street because we were told that the virus didn’t like the sun. We saw the celebrations of the Chinese New Year at our Plaza del Ayuntamiento and we avoided getting too close to Chinese people because they were coming to Europe and spreading the virus…

Well finally March rolled along and things by then were bad. We had our first cases in Valencia, brought here by the football announcers that had gone to Bergamo, Italy for the Champions League match (19/02/20) between Valencia CF and Atalanta, which we lost 4-1, lamentably…

The “Fallas*” were cancelled, for the first time in their history, and on the 14th of March, we were confined due to a Royal Decree that placed the Kingdom of Spain in a state of alarm to last fifteen days. It lasted much longer. But why go over all that. We all remember.

Anyways, what I am trying to say is that we’ve suffered, we’ve cried, we’ve buried loved ones, we’ve endured this in silence, alone, together. We’ve cried, we’ve made promises to our Saints and to our God, we’ve prayed…

So now, what can we do? We are being told it’s a third wave that has arrived on the shores of our lives. Our bars and restaurants are being mandated to close at 5 pm…

So what can we do after we’ve done it all?

DANCE!!!

That’s what this post is all about and that’s what today’s tune is all about. I cannot find a better song that will make you stand up, shake those bones and dance!!! We’ve still a lot of struggle ahead, a lot of tears, hardships, suffering, but although we might not be able to do many things, we can dance!

May God bless!

(I chose Wilson Pickett because his version was the first one I ever heard)

CHEERS!

* Fallas are a yearly festival celebrated in Valencia and the Comunitat Valenciana which begins 01 MARCH and ends on St. Joseph’s Feast Day on the 19th of March. It is marked by the burning of “fallas” which are “ninots” and other elaborate statues that are placed in many parts of the city of Valencia and in all other cities of our Comunitat Valenciana. The main event is that on the night of the 19th of March, they are all burned in situ. I urge you to research further…

10 comments

  1. Brad Osborne · 14 Days Ago

    We can always dance! Thanks for the reminder that our lives and the days ahead are what we make of them. I love this original version as nobody can scream like Wilson Pickett. A valuable message of hope and resiliency. Stay well, my friend!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 14 Days Ago

      Absolutely! So glad you liked it Brad! Wilson Pickett is the essence of the soul music of the 60’s, the decade, together with the 70’s when Black American Music was at its best! Thank you! You too, stay well,
      F.

  2. cincinnatibabyhead · 13 Days Ago

    Great choice Francisco. I’m up doing the Watusi right now.
    I seen a big snow fight in your part of the world. Did I see you in the middle of it. wasnt a dance but looked like people were venting in a reasonable way.?

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 13 Days Ago

      People were on the autobahn having snowball fights in Madrid! It was crazy but I’m glad it’s over, Filomena was a bad storm but thankfully in Valencia we were spared. So do the Watusi! Yeah! Soul at its most powerful CB!

  3. ourcrossings · 10 Days Ago

    Yes, we can always dance and make the most of every day. In addition to the pandemic crisis, Ireland is dealing with Brexit, Madrid is covered in deep snow, Latvia is battling with -27’C and people in Australia are looking to escape +35’C but the world keeps spinning and life goes on. Cheers 🙂

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 10 Days Ago

      I am not being dismissive of all the problems and all the heartache the people of our world are experiencing, my belief, my connection with God, tells me that we each have a destiny to fulfil and a road, materially and spiritually to travel. And while we can be happy, we should thank God and I thought it would be nice to dance, that is all. It’s not meant to negate those things you’ve mentioned, and many more…

      • ourcrossings · 10 Days Ago

        I know you didn’t mean it, Francisco, and I loved your suggestion about dancing. I think I just didn’t get my thoughts accross properly 🤣 I was just being philosophical, I suppose, and was thinking that dealing with the pandemic crisis was challenging at the best of times. Let alone when you add more to it, like snow and freezing temperatures, unbearable hear. But despite the uncertainty and turbulence, nothing stopps, and life still goes on, and we go on, too. Have a good day 😀 Aiva

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 10 Days Ago

        That is true Aiva. Life goes on and as long as we can we should celebrate the life we’ve been given, of course we should never forget or ignore those who are going through difficulties but I don’t think I can live if I just concentrate on all these horrible things that are going on. As long as I can dance I will but I will never forget those who cannot. David prayed to God saying and asking God to “heal these bones so I can dance”, and I love that prayer because dancing is one of the purest expressions of happiness. Be well Aiva, stay safe and all the best,
        F

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