6. A song that makes you want to dance
I mean, for this one there are a LOT of songs that come to mind, because I am a Dancer with a capital D. I mean, not trained or anything like that, but dancing is one of my things- in that, like writing or having sex, I feel most like myself in the doing of it. If I’m listening to a song that makes me want to dance whilst standing waiting for the lights to change I will probably bust a little move, you know? I like dancing and I’m good at dancing and dancing is how I know I’m completely fucking alive.
So that said: Sylvester. So one time a few years ago I was engaged in flirting very very heavily with a person over the course of a period of time. This person was very definitely a queer person but was not sure whether I was, mainly because I wanted to leave some room for plausible deniability as I was pretty sure that any kind of relationship between myself and the person would be an absolute shitshow. (spoiler: DING DING DING I CAN SEE INTO THE FUTURE). Anyway, the person and I were talking about disco and our favourite disco tracks and I shouted really very enthusiastically about how much I loved Sylvester and particularly this record, and how I had at times been known to play it upwards of six times in a row, which made the person laugh delightedly (my sole ambition in life at the time).
Anyway, so the person and I ended up in bed, as had always been inevitable despite my prevarications. We were laughing about how it had been fairly inevitable that we would end up naked but how it seemed to have taken longer than it might have done. And the person said to me, well, I didn’t come on to you earlier because I thought you were probably not straight but I just couldn’t tell? And I looked the person in the eye and said, Mate, really: have you ever met a heterosexual person who felt as strongly about Sylvester as I do? And the person nodded and said, yeah, no, fair do’s, granted.
And then my entire world exploded and I felt into an abyss of bewilderment and infatuation and my brain collapsed completely! But that’s a story for another time, and that other time may well be ‘never’, for the sake of my dignity.
(Also on Youtube the Sylvester song auto- played into this, which was an equally valid choice but to which there is no vaguely amusing story attached)