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Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.
– Carrie Fisher (Herald Tribune, April 2013)
As in one’s hand a lighted match blinds you before
it comes aflame and sends out brilliant flickering
tongues to every side — so, within the ring of the
spectators, her dance begins in hasty, heated rhythms
and spreads itself darting flames around.
You take the grey skies out of my way
You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day
Turned a bright spark into a flame
My beats per minute never been the same
‘Cause you’re my lady, I’m your fool
It makes me crazy when you act so cruel
Come on, baby, let’s not fight
We’ll go dancing, everything will be all right
– George Michael (1963-2016): Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (watch the video)
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.
― Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham
Hey (hey) What’s the matter with your head? yeah…
Hey (hey) What’s the matter with your mind and all your sighing?
Hey (hey) Nothin’s a matter with your head, baby, find it
Come on and find it
Hell, with it, baby, ’cause you’re fine and you’re mine
And you look so divine
― Redbone, Come and Get Your Love (watch the video)
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Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade: Would you like to learn to tango, Donna?
Donna: Right now?
Slade: I’m offering you my services, free of charge. What do you say?
Donna: Ah… I think I’d be a little afraid.
Slade: Of what?
Donna: Afraid of making a mistake.
Slade: No mistakes in the tango Donna, not like life. It’s simple. That’s what makes the tango so great. If you make a mistake, if you get all tangled up, just tango on.
― Scent of A Woman (1992).
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