, , ,

Just a little two-steppin’ fun for a Saturday night. A personal favorite of mine despite the fact that I’m far better at toe-steppin’ than two-steppin’. Thought some of you out there could use a good pick me up!

Dancing and singing along much encouraged. I know I am. (Well…in the privacy of my living room, that is.) Have fun!

A little about the song and the singer:

The song in the video is Down at the Twist and Shout written and performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter. First major public performance of the song was in 1997 with Zydeco legend BeauSoleil at Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans.

Carpenter, a recovered alcoholic who started out working in bars, gave up the bar scene and drinking early on. She then moved from doing covers of other people’s music to almost exclusively writing the songs she performs, resulting in five Grammy awards for herself. One noted exception was the huge hit Passionate Kisses by Lucinda Williams, whom I also love. William’s version on the CD called simply Lucinda Williams is quite wonderful.

Carpenter is not easy to pigeonhole when it comes to style. A little country. A little early rock ‘n roll. And definitely some folk thrown in. The 90s were her most commercial period, marked by what she later called “goal-driven materialism”. While her songs always dealt with things like relationships and social issues, more recently she looks even more toward things that resonate deeply within her.

Now, after taking time to heal from serious health issues earlier this year, she seems to be renewed. She’s back out there performing and promoting her latest album, The Calling, in which she addresses some personal beliefs about issues such as the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, religious zealotry, and even the “trial-by-radio” of the Dixie Chicks, as her website puts it.

In reading this passage on her website, I am reminded of a fellow blogger named SurfaceEarth who seems to have a similar take on things:

“Carpenter is more interested in the act of asking than in providing answers, though; she suggests an approach to life where mystery and possibility can tantalizingly co-exist.”

Carpenter likes to approach life with hope. She believes we need to pay attention to the world and speak out when things are not going right, but she also believes that there must be a place where we come together. I join her in that.