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Let’s Dance Like It’s 1984!

Don’t adjust your eyes, this is a real story from the city of Henryetta, Oklahoma.

“City leaders voted Tuesday to abolish an ordinance on dancing, the Tulsa World reported. The dance ordinance, with a penalty of $25, prohibited dance halls within 500 feet of a church or public school.”
–Associated Press, February 23, 2017

We all know and love Footloose, the 1984 B-movie that featured the premise of a small country town that had banned rock music and dancing. Again, that was the plot for a movie. A movie. To my surprise, and likely the surprise to any individual who discovered this news today, the ordinance in Henryetta, Oklahoma was a real thing…in the year 2017. Thankfully, the city’s leaders voted to rid their town of this nonsensical ordinance.

So, what now?

Perhaps a dance today, a Thursday, is necessary…maybe of the throwback variety?

If high school kids (and adults) of Henryetta, Oklahoma aren’t dancing to “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins tonight and this weekend, I think we’ll all cry a little.

People of Henryetta, you know what to do with those Sunday shoes.

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Happy Monday!

It’s October 3rd, but are you ready to officially start listening to the music of the fall season?

Me neither.

Justin Timberlake, along with the smooth dance moves of his fellow Trolls movie vocal cast members, take it away with the song and music video of the summer.

Falling leaves can’t stop the feeling of a warm summer day.

Have a Dance-Worthy Week!

P.S. The Trolls movie (DreamWorks Animation) arrives in theaters on November 4th.

Happy Monday!

Typically, a music video doesn’t require an explanation or introduction.

However, Coldplay doesn’t announce or produce music videos in typical fashion.

(As described on Coldplay’s website)

“The video was filmed in Mexico City during the band’s sold out Latin American stadium tour in April. Directed by Marcus Haney and shot predominantly on Super 8mm film, it features the band cycling to their show at the city’s Foro Sol venue (where they set a new attendance record). The video begins with Charlie Chaplin’s speech from The Great Dictator, which also opens the #AHFODtour live show.”

Coldplay’s newest music video is to their hit single, “A Head Full of Dreams.” This song is the title of the album, which makes the journey from the streets of Mexico City during the day to a rocking stadium at night all the more appropriate. The music video, energized by the uplifting sound and lyrics by the pop rock quartet, came together for a unique Coldplay experience.

Have an Inspired Week!

Rio’s Fun Run

You won’t see this everyday.

  1. Usain Bolt (19.78 seconds)
  2. Andre De Grasse (19.80 seconds)

The finish line of the second 200m semifinal heat captured above features possibly the two fastest sprinters in this event in Usain Bolt from Jamaica and Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse. “The Lightning Bolt” (29-years-old) has even said the latter (21-years-old) could one day take over the 200m crown, once the world’s fastest man retires, of course.

Running and jumping in Junior Olympics and AAU summer track competitions from the third grade through high school, I can say that track & field is an intense sport. An amazingly fun sport, absolutely, but intense. By intense, I mean that every second, split-second, inch and movement is micro-analyzed. All the training and blood, sweat and tears that drip in the summer heat during practice is meant to achieve the maximum results because every second, split-second, inch and movement matters.

Whether the stakes are qualifying for the next race, meet or making the medal podium, competing loose (yet with acute concentration) is the name of the game.

Keeping this sport’s competitive spirit in mind, that’s what makes the finish of the 200m semifinal heat with Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse seen above a genuinely special anomaly. The two world-class sprinters were easily 1-2 in their heat to qualify for the final tomorrow night and, surprisingly, chose to showcase their friendly rivalry to the world in an unlikely setting.

Thankfully, this moment of playful sportsmanship was captured.

Usain Bolt said in an interview with NBC’s Lewis Johnson immediately following the race tonight that he was expecting Andre De Grasse to ease up at the finish line to save energy for the final. Makes perfect sense. However, the Canadian had an alternative plan and instead chose to sprint to the 200m finish line as fast as possible to remind “The Lightning Bolt” that he’ll have a serious challenge tomorrow night.

NBC was given a preview to an Olympics version of “Must See TV.”

Track & Field is such an incredible sport and, hopefully, the fun pic between Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse will increase viewership for the 200m final tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m. ET. and possibly inspire yet another striking moment in the event:

The unthinkable sub-19 second 200m.

We all know that a lightning bolt strikes with authority (and apparently a grin).