Let’s Face the Music and Dance: Sorrow Mitigated by Dancing

Is the trouble escalating?  Is the world news worsening?  Is it possible that on one, single page of the paper this morning, there is a school bus driver charged with child porn, a story of a man who swindled an elderly woman whom he met when she came into a gas station to ask directions, a piece about a man who died on the subway and rode it for several hours without anyone noticing he was dead, a murder case wherein a man died in a best friend’s home and there was potentially a cover-up, and a man who died after potentially eating crack cocaine (in police custody).

Boy oh boy, I can’t wait to turn the page and see what’s next.  And this is just the local news, my own community.  How are things in the next county, not to mention in Afghanistan?

It’s enough to drive me to drink, drive me to distraction, drive me to saying “Come Lord Jesus, soon!”

Yet as bad as it is, it’s always been so.  In one form or another.  Bad news.  Reality checks.  Sad situations.  And we can drown in it.  It seems all I can think about (and thus write about) lately is the balance between being willing to “listen to the cry” of others, entering in and helping and caring and then — on the other hand — knowing when I am not able to handle more, admitting compassion fatigue. And going out dancing.

Nat King Cole sings Irving Berlin’s wonderful “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” on this youtube video celebrating dance. This is going to be my new hobby, watching Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse and their ilk, as an antidote to the pain in the world.  I am going to doggedly pursue delight and Sabbath pleasures even as I try to engage the world’s real pain with empathy and love.

And here are the lyrics to the song, as it seems to fit today’s mood:

There may be trouble ahead
But while there’s moonlight and music
And love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance

Before the fiddlers have fled
Before they ask us to pay the bill
And while we still
Have the chance
Let’s face the music and dance

Soon
We’ll be without the moon
Humming a diff’rent tune
And then

There may be teardrops to shed
So while there’s moonlight and music
And love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance
Dance
Let’s face the music and dance

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~ by Cary on May 26, 2010.

One Response to “Let’s Face the Music and Dance: Sorrow Mitigated by Dancing”

  1. […] And here’s my attempt at saying the same thing (with a bit of youtube thrown in): Let’s Face the Music and Dance: Sorrow Mitigated by Dancing. […]

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