This is a different spin on the Late Night Tracks series.
It's been a bit of a rough few weeks, and sometimes when life gets thick and hairy, you just need a laugh. To make light. To find joy in the midst of trying circumstances. To see yellow in the gray. And music can be a great source of lightness, especially because it can go on repeat.
Although I'm not a big pop music fan (even though secretly you may find some 90's-to-early-00's boy band music on my Spotify), I somehow really truly like this song by fellow Pennsylvanian Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" from her most recent album 1989. One of my students mentioned the song to me, and now I watch the music video every once in a while when I need a laugh and something to bob my head to. (Surfing YouTube will also bring you to some thousands of parodies of this song, too. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? Maybe?)
(Edit: That viral 80s aerobics video plus the perfect soundtrack, with some insight into its genesis. How come our opening ceremonies don't look more like this nowadays?)
I'm also occasionally nostalgic about my ballet days, so watching the dancing is a treat, too - like seeing a baby elephant among, well, ballerinas. This outtake goes behind the scenes to see how Taylor and the dancers work together on the choreo. I'm pretty wowed by the fact that she put so much effort into learning - then unlearning - all these different dance types. The other outtakes are also worth a watch.
And because the album name is an ode to birth years and childhood, as a bonus I'll share a bit of myself from the wonder years:
Guess which one is me?