I Am the Lord of the Dance, Said He —

Dance, then, wherever you may be,

I am the Lord of the Dance, said he —

(Words by Sydney Carter; traditional Shaker tune, Simple Gifts)

For some reason this sculpture (photographed at the annual Wesleyan Potters Craft Fair and Show) made me think of the lilting Shaker song, “Lord of the Dance,” which has become one of the “signature” tunes for Michael Flatley and the Irish step dancers of Riverdance .

And then I came upon this YouTube video of an over-the-top, hyperactive, besequinned Michael Flatley — a dead ringer for the devilish sculpture —

(To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a, let us say, more appropriate manner? check out a younger, mellower, more truly lordly Michael Flatley, on view, with lots of toe tapping rhythm, onย Touch2Touch.)

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7 Responses to I Am the Lord of the Dance, Said He —

  1. Stef says:

    That’s quite the production! My dad could totally do that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. This has made my Saint Patrick’s Day. Wonderful sculpture a great figure of dance. Flatley’s first version- Lovely dancing, tasteful and moving. Everyone so lovely and fine. His second version so gross, exaggerated, and distasteful. What does this say about the nature of progress?

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I am so totally with you on this, Martin. But I’m not sure about it being simply the result of progress. You know the rabbinic teaching that everyone has two angels on their shoulders, a good angel on one and a wicked angel on the other? And which one comes out on top? That depends —-
      Michael Flatley also has his two angels, and his two shoulders, and putting together these YouTubes, you get to see them both!

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