Background: Purim Recap
Instead of spending Purim in Current Location which I feel rather blah about these days, I actually traveled to another location, another time zone actually, for Purim, because I am that extra (also, I had another reason to be in that other location).
Purim in Other Time Zone Location turned out to be an extremely awesome event! Spirited egalitarian services, talented megillah readers (not me – I hate chanting megillah and I’m bad at it), in-person sit-down meals inside, alcoholic beverages, and best of all, a DJ playing proper dance music. It made for a Purim that truly was fun for all ages, vs. a Purim that is only fun for small children or for “young professionals” (aka “singles“).
It was this experience of traveling to and dancing hard at an awesome Purim celebration that provided the inspiration for this poem which I wound up writing while riding on a bus. But this is not the point of my post.
Why Am I Telling You This
The other major highlight of Purim (as if traveling to a majorly awesome celebration and in-person dance party weren’t highlights enough!) was that high on dancing, life, and too much alcohol consumed under mild jet lag, I drunk-wrote Timothy Price (Off Center & Not Even) some lyrics. I told him to feel free to edit mercilessly (even drunk, I am a huge believer in the power of constructive feedback and revision) and do what he wanted with them.
In case you’re not quite ready to party to this awesome music video, here are the lyrics:
God Bless Those Who Bring The Party By JYP & Tim Price Blessed are those who bring on the party Blessed are those who bring on the party Blessed are those who bring on the party Blessed are those who bring on the party You can’t have spiritual without the spirits What’s the harm? Why you fear it Turn up the volume so we can hear it Yes! Your heart and soul can bear it God bless those who bring on the party Good times are we’re romancin’ Or we may not get the chance in May as well start a dancin’ Up and down yeah now we’re prancin’ God bless those who bring on the party While the world may be sleepin’ There are those who keep the beat in Keep us all from wailin’ and weepin’ On the floor we’re a creepin’ God bless those who bring on the party Time to share some gratitude For the one who keeps us in the mood Bring the music, wine and food We got it down we’re feeling good God bless those who bring on the party They pick us up from devastation Set the stage for celebration Then we feel exhilaration They’ve have filled our expectations God bless those who bring on the party
Why “God Bless Those Who Bring On The Party”?
This is a fun upbeat party song. For me, there is also a deep and genuine appreciation for those who create the party, the opportunity for people to gather and celebrate. Parties, gatherings, celebrations – these special social moments – these punctuate the otherwise more boring sentences of existence. Yes, I’m super-biased because I’m an extreme extrovert and I fucking hated the introverts’ paradise of COVID lockdown [even if it meant not having to wear pants. (I have nothing against pants, to be honest.)] But also, introvert or extrovert, there’s something incredibly special about to opportunity to gather together to celebrate a moment of pure joy. This is even more meaningful for me in the time of COVID.
I’m also aware that these parties and celebrations don’t come about on their own. It takes a lot of work to make them happen, from the planning and organizing, to the space, food, and entertainment, from the set-up to the clean-up. So for that, I say, yes, “God bless those who bring on the party!”