Thursday, January 7, 2010

THEME Thursday - Polka Dot


I'm going to lean heavily on the polka half of the polka-dot Theme today. When I was young, my parents, my aunts and uncles, and sometimes some cousins would go to the Play-mor Ballroom on a Saturday night. The bar did set-ups. Do you know what that means? Do bars still have set-ups? You brought the alcohol, and the "bar" poured the mix: seven-up, sours, ice, or what you needed for bitters or fruit. And every Saturday night, that place was packed for the live dance band.

Five year old me would learn the dances, schotisch, waltzes, flying dutchman, polka, and eventually I would fall asleep while the dancers would spin and twirl the night away. The following was one of my favorite songs. Now my daughter plays the clarinet. Hmmmm, any correlation? I do hope she'll play it sometime, but surprisingly, it has not been part of her lesson repertoire to date. Perhaps I should get it for her.

Boy, these guys can play!

13 comments:

  1. Fun. I always wanted to play the accordion!

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  2. What a fabulous memory! Did you teach your daughter to polka???

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  3. Yes, polkas bring back such memories. Do people still do the polka? You never see the dance on the endless dance programmes we have on TV these days.

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  4. Polka reminds me of John Candy in Home Alone where he plays a polka musician on the road...

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  5. I hadn't heard about bar set-ups before. Suppose it was an aftermath of Prohibition? The dances sounded fun!

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  6. Makes me think of that movie, Groundhog Day!

    ~Angela

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  7. I figured there'd be some polka music posted today! Good choice.

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  8. I want to polka...well, maybe!

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  9. I liked waltzing better, my dress would twirl, and I was always in a little dress, usually plaid, with tights and patent black shoes.

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  10. the sound of polka music always brings a flood of family memories to mind...thanks for the polka family piece!

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  11. I loved to Polka with my dad. Dancing with him is one of my fondest memories.

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