Dear Music Lovers,

Music is an integral part of my life. I listen to relaxing music when I work. I jam to music in the shower. I sing my heart out in the kitchen. I meditate to the calming rhythms for my soul. And I dance my ass off at the impromptu times.

Do you like to dance? Do you like music?

Well, I went to visit my parents during the holidays. My dad claims, “You need to come see this.” He puts on Live from the Daryl’s House (Daryl Hall jamming with other artists.) In fact, my dad records each episodes. We watched Joe Walsh. Amazingly rocking. CeeLo. Talk about “Crazy” smooth. And I turned him onto Jason Mraz with “I’m Yours.

But my dad pauses the TV to blare his stereo. “I want you guys to hear my two favorite songs for 2014.” He played “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish, and “Happy” by Pharrel Williams. My dad danced to the two songs while we watched. Nothing unusual. But what was hilarious to me, he jumps on his coffee table and jams. I’m used to these shenanigans. And to my surprise, Gabriel and Lucas watched with a smile. They weren’t surprised either.

When you love music, you can’t stop dancing. And it doesn’t matter if you have rhythm or not. What matters the most… are you having fun? It’s the energy of fun and enthusiasm that is contagious. It ignites a fire that makes a shy person grab a microphone, an elderly lady busts a move, and a klutzy couple enjoy themselves.

See, my dad is an audiophile junkie. I’ve been introduced to every type of music over the years from Robert Plant, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, KD Lang, Georgian Chant, Eva Cassidy, and Steve Tyrell. I’ve attended the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Music Festival for 20 years since I was an infant. We’ve seen The Radiators in concert at Tipitina’s, danced to the B-52s “Love Shack” at the U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, and enjoyed Chris Isaac at the Manship Theater.

The music gene has rubbed off in the Ward Family and with my Gremillion boys. In fact, Lucas entered a dance contest and won 1st place. All I can say is play that funky music till you die.

Go have some fun and dance like Tom Cruise in “Risky Business.”

Sometimes “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Do you?

Happy Feet,