Party!~~~Rural Style

Blueberry Festival photo by radtec (Flickr)

Small towns in Texas, and probably everywhere else in America, know how to throw a party. Smoke from barbecue pits spice the air with beef, pork, chicken, sausage, and frequently veggies like onions and corn. Vendors sell a variety of handmade, homegrown doodads and whatnots from canvas-shaded booths. People race marathons for this year’s bragging rights. Shaded domino tables host fiercely competitive games. Music thunders from platforms slapped together out of scrap lumber. Lemonade sells by the gallons.

America, Rockwell style. Gotta love it.

For many small towns, the best time comes when the sun sets. The main drag is barricaded to outsiders, the road is cleaned as much as possible, the band is rehydrated and retuned. Then it begins. The street dance.

In my day, it was the Texas two-step, polka, schottische, waltz. Now they boot-scoot to the newest line dances. But one kind of dance has never changed: the buckle polisher. Soft, slow music. Your sweetie holding you under the stars. Swaying together so close it’s hard to tell where one of you ends and the other begins–which is why they’re called buckle polishers.

I have a street dance scene in my novel. The music is from my all-time favorite line dance–and probably one of the originals:

Where did you come from?

Where did you go?

Where did you come from . . .

If you know the last line, you know the name of the song. Leave a comment with the title, and I’ll send the winner of this week’s drawing a country-style reminder of a simple truth.

About Linda W. Yezak

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13 Responses to Party!~~~Rural Style

  1. Keith McCormick says:

    Hey Linda, I really can’t wait for your book and being a fiddle player I had better know that the song is Cotton Eye Joe.

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    • Linda Yezak says:

      I think it’s cool that you’re a fiddle player. You know what the song says: “If you wanna play in Texas. . . ” 😀

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  2. Peggy Clement says:

    Cotton Eye Joe! 🙂

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  3. Linda Yezak says:

    Looks like my questions are too easy! You both got it right. Thanks for participating!

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  4. Hi City-bred Country Girl – I’ve no idea what the last line is, but I’ll take a wild guess at “I’d like to know.” Cool post. I love little town celebrations. (My son would love to move to Nacogdoches, if he could just get a transfer.)

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  5. Now I feel dumb. Oh well, I told you I was city-bred. And being “so young” I haven’t had time to learn all those country songs. 🙂

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  6. K.M. Weiland says:

    *Love* that song. One of the best dancing songs ever. I put it on a kitchen mix CD, which probably wasn’t such a great idea, since I end up wanting to jig around the kitchen instead of washing dishes. :p

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  7. Love that tune! My feet are dancing as I sing it in my head!

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