Get Rhythm

This past Saturday morning I was in the car listening to the Americana and Blues hour on 88.1 and Johnny Cash’s “Get Rhythm” came on.  A song can provoke different emotions for different people, but for some reason at that moment Cash’s song resonated with me.

Recently I have noticed a lot of people coming into the studio telling me they need help getting back into a routine, that the winter got the best of them.  My advice to them has been and will continue to be to get into a rhythm of doing activities that keep them moving, help them release stress, but that they also enjoy.

There were 4 years of my life where I was living in weather that went from one extreme to the other- Seattle for the cold, dark, rainy winter that went from November to April with about a month of windy, cool sunshine during May.  This was followed by 3 months in North Carolina for the humid, hot summers.  The best weather was September to October in Seattle right as school started.  These 2 months were a short reprieve from relentless heat and a deceptive introduction to the winter months ahead.  It only took a year of this before I realized how big of a role weather plays into your mood, energy and activity level.  The 18 years prior of 4 season years in Durham had not been fully appreciated. With my new Northwestern climate I had to prevent a college experience of isolation, endless tv consumption and overall disheartenment. I created new habits for myself like walking everywhere listening to my Chinese podcasts and music, running in rain, snow or shine, and going out to see friends no matter what was going on outside.  Although these things seem trivial, they WORKED because they were things I enjoyed!  I have done the same thing at other times in my life when I could’ve fallen into a slump- create a routine for myself of activities that keep me moving, motivated and put a smile on my face.

For students at the studio I recommend sampling classes, finding an instructor that they connect with and create a habit of going to their classes.  As an instructor when I see this dedication and commitment I try to make it a point to let these student’s know that I recognize their determination and I am compelled to keep them motivated.  Outside of taking classes, getting into a rhythm of doing activities that provide an outlet for you such as walking, dancing, running, reading a book or meeting friends will keep you busy and hopefully in high spirits.

Don’t get the blues…find your rhythm.

Here is a video of Cash and the lyrics below!

Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues
Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues
Yes a jumpy rhythm makes you feel so fine
It’ll shake all the trouble from your worried mind
Get Rhythm when you get the blues
Little shoeshine boy never gets low down
But he’s got the dirtiest job in town
Bendin’ low at the people’s feet
On the windy corner of the dirty street
Well, I asked him while he shined my shoes
How’d he keep from getting’ the blues
He grinned as he raised his little head
Popped a shoeshine rag and then he said
Get rhythm when you get the blues
Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues
It only costs a dime, just a nickel a shoe
Does a million dollars worth of good for you
Get rhythm when you get the blues
Well I sat down to listen to the shoeshine boy
And I thought I was gonna jump for joy
Slapped on the shoe polish left and right
He took a shoeshine rag and he held it tight
He stopped once to wipe the sweat away
I said you’re a mighty little boy to be a workin’ that way
He said I like it with a big wide grin
Kept on a poppin’ and he said again
Get rhythm when you get the blues
Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues
Get a rock’n’roll feelin’ in your bones
Get taps on your toes and get done
Get rhythm when you get the blues

Until next time.



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2 responses to “Get Rhythm

  1. jr0bert0

    Thanks for all your great posts, each one reveals positive and practical ways of being healthy and joyful.

    keep up the Rhythm : )


  2. slively

    I got my rhythm! I had to get hooked up to a battery charger, but I got rhythm… Thanks for all of your positive outlooks on potentially negative situations.

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