This week’s column is on dancing in the kitchen with my big sister and learning the two step in country school gym class.
It’s about being in a band and watching from the stage the different ways old cowboys two step and waltz and how the tradition of that sort of dancing, in this neck of the woods anyway, seems to sort of hang in there.
It’s about how I’ve been dancing with my husband since shuffling across the gym floor in phy-ed class in 7th grade and how we still argue about who is really leading (because my big sister always insisted that I be the boy).
I wrote the column after a Saturday spent playing a college rodeo dance and watching the couples spin, lift and swing each other around, packing the dance floor on the more traditional country songs that we played, and dispersing to the sidelines until we played another they could dance to.
Photo by Annika Plummer Photography
Watching all those young people in cowboy hats and cowboy boots out on the dance floor was so refreshing to me. I couldn’t help but think how they might have learned their skills dancing in the kitchen with their moms or dads or sisters.
I couldn’t help but think of this Ian Tyson son my dad used to sing as I wrote….
Ian Tyson: Own Hearts Delight
Coming Home: From country schools to country bars, dancing endures
by Jessie Veeder
My new album, “Northern Lights” is now available!
Catch me on my North Dakota tour this summer!
Watch an interview where I talk about the process and my time in Nashville.