The world of roller skating
I don’t know about you, but roller skating without the right kind of music blaring from a mega watt sound system would be like going to the beach and seeing that the ocean had dried up like the Sahara Desert. How disappointing would that be?!
I need to have the right music playing in order to get my full enjoyment of skating. It’s the funky groove and rhythm of the music that sets the pace and mood for me. Whether it’s a slow jam (Keith Sweat’s Make It Last Forever), a mid-tempo groove (Soul For Real’s Every Little Thing I Do) or a fast tempo jam (Set It Off by Strafe), it transports me to a different place and time. Roller skating already relaxes me and when it’s accompanied by the right tunes, it puts me in euphoric state of mind.
I’m a 70’s baby and grew up in the 80’s. I faithfully went skating every Sunday afternoon like clock work! The music the DJ played at the rink was the cornerstone of my roller skating experience. It would set the tone of the skating session. I can hear a song today that’s from that era and it will literally take me right back to that particular time and place in my life. This sends a joyous sensation throughout my body. I’m not trying to be extra and dramatic — I’m just being honest.
My husband is always calling me an “old head” when it comes to the music I listen to. I find that I enjoy listening to a lot of “old school” music from my past roller skating years. The music conjures up happy carefree feelings and wonderful memories.
The other day I was watching a recorded episode of the reality show, “R&B Divas of Atlanta.” When Syleena Johnson, one of the six R&B Divas of Atlanta cast members was having a meeting with Derrick Hardy, an A&R rep from Motown. She wanted him to hear a new single she had recorded entitled “All This Way For Love.” As soon as the song had finished playing Derrick immediately said. “I just want to go roller skating.” I was like, “Exactly!” I must say, the bit I did hear I definitely felt like it was a great roller skating groove.
He also stated that he wanted to bring happy feel good music back. Happy feel good music goes hand in hand with roller skating and I would like to bring back the childhood popularity of roller skating. Instead of simply leaving it to childhood memories, let’s allow new memories to be created and experience the same carefree experiences as an adult. Who says we have to lose those feelings?
Hopefully your rink has a great sound system and a DJ who spins the right jams. But if you don’t, please don’t hesitate to pull out your earbuds and favorite playlist and let your own personalized playlist transport you to a happy, carefree place. Why don’t you share some of your favorite jams in the comments below? Remember, music is the key…roll bounce, baby!
I wanted to share one of my favorite playlist with you…