Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Lady Gaga Edge of Glory



Now I had no idea that Mz Gaga sang this little ditty. However, I was aware of the song itself, but thought quite wrongly that because of it's "pop siliness" it was a Eurovision Song Contest entry.
Anyhow I am leaving this toe tapping little piece on Going Gently as a direct result of posting a belated birthday card to old friend Jimmy late last night!.
After all of the animals had been locked up, I collected the dogs and we took ourselves off into the village to the post box on London Road..
Instead of walking back on the main road, I took the more circular route back past the old farmhouse of Bryn Teg and through the small housing estate of Maes Offa which borders the most easterly part of the village.
As we past one house, I heard this song blasting out from the living room windows and I was just about to initiate my po-faced, lip pursing "oh how common" middle aged judgements when the living room's occupants came into view.
Dancing to the music was a fairly hefty young woman in her twenties who was  accompanied by two excitable and bouncing children. The three of them performed their own heavily choreographed routine amid squeals of laughter and to me, the whole scene,  was suddenly as sweet and as amusing as the one I had witnessed on the field earlier that day, when George went egg stealing with Albert in tow.
I was brought up by a mum and dad who didn't really have fun with their children This was, I guess, a product of being slightly repressed and depressed "older parents" in 1970 suburbia.... but just...... for a moment when I watched this young mother thunder around her living room in her dressing gown and slippers, followed closely by two hip swinging  excitable children, I mused just how sad that they didn't!

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  1. H.I.'s daughter was always dancing around with her kids - it was hilarious, especially Y.M.C.A.

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  2. I used to jump about and dance with my Mam and border collie, Dai to 1950s and 60s hits. I still have a tendency to behave like this while listening to Tony Blackburn on Saturday lunchtimes! xxx

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  3. It seems that i had similar parents to yours. However, its amazing the change in them when they had grandchildren.

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  4. Rush/dangerous.... phew. Almost as good as Sun too Sultry/ Ultry violet rays.

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  5. I can lend you a 16 year old girl who can educate you on all things Gaga... esp around Sept when she goes to see her - I have days of anticipation and then weeks of reminiscences to get through ... :-)

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  6. Lovely mental image!
    I was lucky my mum was great fun!

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  7. Graham
    I doubt my nerves could cope!
    its one thing watching the happiness vicariously...quite another having a teen in the house!

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  8. not much of an offer, but if you wanna come and dance round the bowling green on the webcam with me in the rain, then the offer's there.

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  9. I guess my parents were like yours. They came up through tough times with parents of their own that were too busy and too tired to play. I hope I made up for it with my daughter.

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  10. Did you not dance home to that beat, John? I do like Lady Gaga music ! LOL, all my Aussies know how to dance, as many times when the Crabby Cabbie is gone we do amuse ourselves. Bandit & just so happened to be dancing in the kitchen yesterday morn. Dancing is such a great feeling ! Kick up your heels in the barnyard !

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  11. That view you had of the mother and kids sounds beautiful. Too bad we take these in with a bit of melancholy at what we didn't have. But how great that you got a glimpse of that family (may all their days be as joyous...)

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  12. Awww, that is SO lovely. Lucky you for sharing in their joy!

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  13. Like you and a lot of us, I did not grow up like that either.

    But I've learned that age is something that you choose. How fun would it be to dance around with the dogs while Chris looked on in disbelief. Stay young, my friend.

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  14. My sister came to stay a few years ago (we were both going through family crap). Chris came home from work, drove into the driveway and looked up into the window, to see my sister and I, drinkies in hand, boogying to Jimmy Somerville.
    His reaction was the same as yours.
    Jane x

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  15. FUN was not in my parents vocabulary. Neither was encouragement or confidence. You can probably tell that I have a long list of grievances. How very good of that young mother to just 'BE' with her children!

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  16. Our seven year old son can be seen swiveling his hips to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and singing outloud with his earbuds in his ears....it is very funny! And yes, we dance along with him! Keeps us young(ish)....

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  17. I have never thought about it until now John, but exactly the same was true of my childhood. My parents were quite old when I was born and although they were loving and did all kinds of interesting things with me, I don't ever remembeer 'fun' things.

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  18. My parents wouldn't be seen dancing around with us, either, although neither they nor my aunt minded when we'd load a stack of 45's on the record player and bounce around the living room singing. Hairbrushes were a favourite stand-in for a microphone.

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  19. Nothing like a little Gaga in the morning. Thanks John

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  20. Reading this made me feel ever so slightly sad for you John. I was lucky to have two "dancing fools" for parents and they made sure to pass on the silliness to their four daughters. We're a jump to your feet and take a swing around the room kind of family when the spirit or song so moves. Your description of that lovely woman and her two children rings true to me. Loved it...and GaGa too!

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  21. How could a fellow of your "persuasion" not know that "Edge of Glory" was by Lady GaGa?!?!? You should be ashamed of yourself! Get with it, John! (I'm teasing all around; please don't take offense.)

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  22. lol no offence taken

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  23. It amazes me the things we can enjoy -- from a distance!

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  24. My gran was a dancer, also in her nightgown and slippers, she'd grab hold of me and we'd whirl around the house to the beat of the BIG BAND sound on a Sunday morning.
    The corgi thought we had gone mad, and would snap at our ankles in a fit of desperation.
    Lovely to have my memory jogged with your mum and dance partners.
    ~Jo

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  25. Until I was seven, my mother was a fun person to be around. We danced in the kitchen and she taught us silly songs and read to us.

    Gottcha on my last post, huh? :-)

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  26. sometimes- just sometimes I dance around the kitchen table & my kids roll their eyes but giggle. My mum loved classical music & could never really talk music with my brothers & me.
    Jess- I ask her all the time who is who & can she put it on her ipod...for me please !

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  27. I'm married to a very straightlaced RCAF member... who was recently caught humming that tune.

    This from the man who raised eyebrows when he found my and our sons dancing to "Simply Irresistable" in our jammies in the kitchen. Who shook his head as we "headbanged" to "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the car.

    My sons have fond memories of the roadtrips across the Rockies to Granny's house because we did them alone with the dog and sang our hearts out to anything and everything in a stationwagon filled with prams, dogs, and suitcases.

    Think of the "Great Santini" without the physical abuse.

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  28. am loving these memories
    thank you

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  29. Maybe, just maybe, some parents didn't have much to dance about....or felt they didn't for reason beyond their ability to understand or appreciate.Yes, I do feel your feeling of 'loss' John for the lack of these 'moments' as a child.

    Now to Gaga!! I really like what she does and how she does it....she, in my humble opinion, is a modern day Madonna. Thanks for the clip!

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  30. Such an awesome observation. It made me smile.

    And gotta say, yes, I love Lady Gaga. I often mow the property listening to that album on my iPod. In equal time to both sides of the pond though, I also do the same with Adele... ;-)

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  31. Love love love that song!

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  32. My mother had fun with us. I worked too hard when I had children, but I'm having a good time with the grands. I love Lady Gaga's music.

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  33. Stuff like that always makes me smile. You should totally have fun with your kids. In my case I should do that with my niece and nephews! Then hand them back over to their parents. My sister will probably not thank me for that. >:)

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