For our weekend self-care moment, we dive back into the middle to late 1970s for the music which seemed to come out of nowhere and take the world by storm: DISCO!
Of course, disco didn't come out of nowhere. Proto-disco was vibrant in New York City before it exploded. A combination of soul, funk, and Latin music, it exemplified the hedonism of the country after the trauma of Vietnam.
And, also, it had a political aspect. It was the music of the gay community, as icons like Sylvester gave it a soundtrack to which it could dance in a cruel world.
At its heart, disco is simply happy music. I know all about Disco Demolition; I'm old enough to remember disco records being smashed at baseball stadia by irate Midwesterners. But for those of us in New York and Los Angeles, disco would continue to be the soundtrack to which we danced, eventually morphing into the dance music you hear now.
Get out your bell-bottoms. It's time to dance!