We all love grandparents don’t we? They have a tendency to be the cutest people in the room besides maybe babies.
These grandparents, Clive Gordes and his wife, Fay, especially, since they’re relieving their quarantine boredom in the best way.
They’re breaking out their best country dance moves!
They’re dancing to Dwight Yoakam’s These Arms, and it looks like they have spent their time wisely coordinating some dance moves!
They are laughing and smiling a lot through the video so one thing is very clear:
They’re having a lot of fun doing this together!
Dwight Yoakam is a Kentucky-born country musician from the 1980s. He’s still well loved and widly celebrated today, not to mention he’s released an album as recently as 2016!
The song itself is from his album A Long Way Home, released in ’98. Yoakam has gone platinum and gold on his albums multiple times and has won myriad awards in country music.
So you could say he’s pretty good!
Still, this didn’t stop 1980s Nashville from thinking a young Yoakam wasn’t marketable enough in the new “urban cowboy” setting of country music. He was too raw, too honky tonk, too hillbilly.
Nashville made the wrong call with Yoakam, obviously. Shoulda signed the kid!
Thankfully, these rejections enabled Yoakam to play by his own rules and mess around with country as we know it, while still returning it to its rural roots and proving Nashville wrong!
Still, Yoakam had to leave Nashville if it meant making it big, since they were so focussed on the widely dreaded pop-country that very few people actually enjoy. I get appealing to a niche market but like… C’mon guys, what happened there?
Yoakam moved to LA to find a better audience for his music and ended up playing in the same bars and clubs as a lot of punk bands, where the unlikely, niche audiences of “cowpunks” followed his budding career and helped propel him to where he is today!
On this topic of punkies and rockers loving his music, Allmusic writes:
“Appropriately, his core audience was composed mainly of roots rock and rock & roll fans, not the mainstream country audience. Nevertheless, he was frequently able to chart in the country Top Ten, and he remained one of the most respected and adventurous recording country artists well into the ’90s.”
It makes you wonder what kinds of scenes these two grandparents were visiting in their haydays! Although, judging by the moves they’re bustin’ out and the fun they’re having, I might argue that their hayday is here and now!
Were they some of these cowpunks? Or do they just know good music when they hear it?
No matter the case, we’re happy they’re willing to show off their square dancing!
They have already uploaded a couple of these “dancing during quarantine” videos, each of which are worth a watch!
We’re hoping they keep putting them out, because they seem to only be getting more fun and more enjoyable to watch!
So take it from us, Fay and Clive! People are loving your wholesome, hilarious, adorable, fantastic videos!
You can check this one out below, it’s pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
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