Friday, August 2, 2013

Musical Homonyms: Slow Dancing

Lucero: Slow Dancing


Johnny Rivers: Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancin')***

[LP & CD out of print, purchase on iTunes]

This is going to be one of the stranger blog posts on Star Maker Machine, but my life has been strange lately, so just roll with it, OK? OK.

Johnny Rivers Lucero
Song Name Swayin’ to the Music (Slow Dancin’)*** Slow Dancing
Album Outside Help Tennessee
Year 1977 2002
Written By Jack Tempchin Ben Nichols
Highest Chart Position #10 on US Billboard Hot 100, #3 in Canada None
Song Storyteller Man talking to a Woman Man (aka "Trouble") talking to a Woman
Song Location At Home Dive Bar
Time Late at night Near closing time
Music Source Radio Jukebox maybe? Not specified
Dancing Partner "My Girl" Random woman, presumably intoxicated
Ambiance Lights Low Starry Disco Ball
Who's Watching? No one Everyone at the bar
Dance Skills Swayin' to the music Too drunk to keep in time
Interrupted by Telephone Calls? No No
Holding Dance Partner Tight? Yes! Yes!
Smiling? Presumably, Yes Yes, a lot
Slow dance to more than one song? Presumably, Yes No
What happens next? More swayin' to the music Couple goes their separate ways
And then? More swayin' Dude can't get chick off of his mind
Then? More swayin' (damn this song is repetitive) Homeboy smokes and drinks a shit ton
Post-script Couples lives happily ever after in their house in the suburbs with 2.6 kids, a dog, and a Volvo Narrator can never find this girl again, gets clinically depressed, ends up in rehab, gets emphysema
Can you actually slow dance to this song? It’s little too up-tempo for a slow dance, but perfect for the late 70s Yes, but afterwards you need to do whiskey shots and cry
Final Thoughts This song is cheesy as hell but I love it This song is pretty much the reason I started listening to alt country music

***Composer Jack Tempchin originally entitled this song "Slow Dancing." The Rivers' version was changed to "Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancin')" to avoid confusion with another 1977 single release entitled "Slow Dancing Don't Turn Me On" by the Addrisi Brothers. So for the purposes of Star Maker Machine, that's close enough.