Now I love a fast lindy as much as the next person, but this is my all time favorite lindy hop song. It’s a little slower; for me it’s the perfect sweet spot where you can safely lead pretty much all of the variations. It’s a little slow for Charleston kicks though, imho.
It’s worth noting that I’m not that big a fan of swing. It’s nice and all, but I don’t have the same instinct about how and when to move my body for swing that I do for waltz. It’s partly since I don’t dance swing very much, so I don’t get much practice. It’s partly that I learned from Richard Powers, who has a very distinct style. And I maintain that it’s partly because I don’t really do any other kind of dancing. No hip hop, no jazz, nothing solo, and absolutely nothing designed for performing. I have no personal flare, no pizazz to my swing dancing. And that makes me super self conscious about it, and then I’m thinking about how I look when I dance and not enjoying it. So I don’t swing much. But I have a few songs, like this one, that I will get up and dance anyway and all to hell with how I look.
Now I know nothing about music theory, but some how this song just sounds like it was made for 8 count figures. It is always so satisfying to me, with this split second delay at the end of a figure that is like pausing a moment, balanced precariously on you toes at the edge of the diving board before you plunge in again. It’s the perfect breathing in and out, a moment to realize what’s about to happen. And what is about to happen? Something between sweet lindy drifting with my partner and fast lindy oh dear god I can’t think this fast.
The snapping amuses me too. Gives me something to do at the end of a swing out, and just screams “step substitutions” to me. sugar foot, kick ball change, bunny hop; the whole bag of cute little tricks Powers gives us to try to make us feel fancy.
There aren’t too many pauses in the song either, that can leave me dancing in the silence and feeling a little silly. I always miss them. Songs like “Hey Mr. Raindrop” are a lot of fun, but those pauses always kill me.