We have those nights every so often where our regular following is scattered here and there and we don’t know if we’ll have much of a turnout. The air above the Arena District continue to thicken with the potential for storms, and the potential energy of the people filing into the club felt every bit as thick. A large group of teachers from Olentangy Schools; a bachelorette party; another set people planning a wedding; former fraternity friends; OSU grad students… it was a recipe for awesome.
Within a few songs the dance floor began to fill, potential energy became kinetic and we were off to the races. Scott and Sarah were operating as a single machine of fun and fancy. I happened to catch a glance of the crowd during the duet rendition of “You’re The One That I Want” and I was nearly convinced that people were seeing Travolta and Newton-John right in front of them. It was electrifyin’!
Tim and Fred drove the second set into high gear with their sensational horn work, peppered throughout with tasty stabs from Russ’s piano and organ tones, as Cory and Aaron whipped the groove into a wicked frenzy. Every so often Jason would step on his octave pedal and that bass would reach down into my gut and rattle free another giant smile.
The third set wasn’t altogether different from a full-on frat party, complete with bottle dancing and deep-chested chants of “chug” when appropriate. After each song one dancer would come up to the stage and scream, “That was awesome! Now play something that kicks!” And apparently each song kicked.
It’s so much fun for us to watch a crowd have fun while we play. It’s that symbiotic feedback loop I often refer to in my blogs—we play, it makes you happy, that makes us happy, we play even better, you have even more fun, you are even happier, we become even happier… and so on. Something that kicks you into a higher level of being, even for a few hours, can’t be a bad thing.
Something that kicks inside all of us is the desire for joy and the desire to create joy in others, and when I play with Scarlet Fever, those desires are always fulfilled. Come to our next show and feel the kick too.