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Listening to the radio recently, I had an observation that I’m sure many of you shared… what happened to all the slow songs, specifically, the slow LOVE songs? Without sounding too much like that guy who says “music was better in MY day”, have you noticed that slow songs on pop radio don’t really exist anymore? And if they are slow, they’re usually sad, but there are no current, popular, slow, love songs anymore, and this made me wonder… what do teenagers in high school slow dance to nowadays? Because, when I was in school, the songs we slow danced to were by current artists and on the radio. But then another thought crossed my mind… do teenagers even slow dance at all anymore, since there’s no music for them?
Since I’ve been out of school for awhile, and don’t have any close friends still in high school, I did some “research” by going onto my FaceBook page and just asking you guys randomly… Here’s just a few of the responses I got…
Growing up as shy awkward teenager, one of the biggest, most nerve-wracking, yet potentially thrilling moments of my adolescence was the slow dance. The sweaty palms and butterflies, trying to find the right timing or wording, waiting for the fast music to fade out, or worst yet, the song coming on while your date or girl was off somewhere you couldn’t find her!! haha. School dances are arguably the biggest events of adolescent years…but without slow dancing in there, I feel like they’re really missing out on something special, something magical and meaningful.
“Take It Slow” is about two teenagers who may have missed out on this magical moment at their first dance together, because popular music didn’t allow for it, but taking matters into their own hands. I hope that despite the DJ not playing any slow songs nowadays (because there are none), that people will still find a way to have this special and sweet moment together, because there are really few things like the innocent romantic emotions that come from slowly swaying with a person you really care about to a good, sweet song.
On a personal level… I miss slow dancing. As we grow up, it’s one of those things that don’t happen much anymore. Now, people just wanna bump and grind. I mean, that’s fine and all… but the good stuff, the deep stuff, is in the slow dance. But maybe, that’s what makes it more special, now that we’re older, because we don’t get to do it as often.
And since slow dancing is so rare I strongly encourage those who are in a relationship, or soon to be…to take advantage of that dance partner. Don’t waste the opportunity you have everyday, to simply play a slow song, in your room, from your car, wherever…and just dance with them. It’s easy, too! All you gotta do is just sway, so no excuses like “I can’t dance”. Just get close, close your eyes, and move. Please, slow dance whenever you can, don’t take it for granted… because there are fewer and fewer opportunities to (if at all) as time goes on.
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