This Friday, a couple hundred of us lindy hoppers celebrate the 80th birthday of Ms. Dawn Hampton, a woman who has had a remarkable life as a jazz musician, singer, and dancer. I have been lucky enough to get to be around Dawn regularly at Frim Fram and other swing events in New York. I was thinking today about all the wonderful things I’ve learned from this amazing individual.
- Dawn teaches me that I should do more with less. A tiny glance with your eyes or a flick of your wrist can express more than huge movements of your entire body. Watch again her Bangra routine from her birthday party and see how expressive she is using the tiniest movements.
- Dawn teaches me that I should use whatever God has given me. If I can’t dance, clap. If I can’t sing, whistle. If I can’t shout, whisper. But whatever I do, do it with my whole being, my whole soul.
- Dawn teaches me that you can find swing in most everything, if you are listening for it.
- Dawn teaches me that God is Good and the Light is On.
Thanks, Dawn, for sharing your light with all of us.