don’t fence me in

Posted by on May 6, 2011 in cole porter, dance, don't fence me in, freestyle, joni takanikos, momobutoh company, significant others | 2 comments

I was feeling claustrophobic in both my car and within my being, in that ‘URGHH!!!’ kind of way, after being stuck in a slow moving train of cars heading north from Seattle. It took me three hours to drive a distance that usually takes an hour. I realized the irony that most of the traffic congestion was due to the fact that city folk, including myself, were trying to escape to the country to visit the spectacle of the tulips in full bloom during the weekend’s “Tulip Festival” in the Skagit Valley.
Not bearing to drive any further in traffic, I pulled off the highway to find my own personal space to dance freely within. I was stunned by the beauty of this wildlife sanctuary I stumbled upon at the edge of the sea at the end of a dead-end street.
While editing later that evening, I remembered Joni Takanikos‘ version of Cole Porter’s song from her album “Love In a Mist, Devil in a Bush.” She is a beautiful soul who I met at a retreat, and also who I shared MomoButoh workshops with in the past.
The lyrics speak so much of what I was feeling earlier that day – my soul’s desire to dance freely into the expansive space of sky while at the same time feeling an earthward, grounding connection. After feeling so ‘soul-repressed’ from the bumper to bumper commute, I felt so grateful to receive so much energy from our Mama Earth that had a balancing effect inwardly – releasing the stress of the traffic-filled commute.
Don’t Fence Me In
Give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above
Don’t fence me in
Let me ride thru the wide-open country that I love
Don’t fence me in
Let me ride my cayuse where the west commences,
Gaze at the moon until I lose my senses
Can’t stand hobbles and I can’t stand fences
Don’t fence me in.

Just let me sit by myself in the evening breeze
Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me away, forever, if you please
Just don’t fence me in
Don’t fence me in…

This moon-time, Momobutoh Company is dancing with significant others in the forms of plants and animals… here, the connection was more with the significant other elements of earth (grounding) and sky (freedom).
Grateful for our ever evolving Momobutoh connections! Thank you Momo – greatly inspired!
Music: Joni Takanikos
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  1. I get that claustrophobic feeling every spring, as the call of the mountains and the wilderness gets louder for me in its urging me to leave the city…

    Thanks so much leela! for sharing this dance to such a significant other and a testament to dancing freely and discovery.

  2. yes – that 'enough of winter' feeling, too – wanting to burst into the wildness of spring! thank you rev!

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