We Dance

Tuesday, March 21, 2017



As a human, we do not have forever, literally. Time is eternal. In terms of time, forever is eternal. But human is not. We have limit for our time. Hence we do not have forever. Thus, there is a saying that we have to seize the day; carpe diem. There are certain moments in time when we have to put aside all differences, all fears, all worries, and just go for it; whatever it is. There are certain moments in time when we have to make the most out of that part of time and live our life to the fullest; be spontaneous. We got to seize the day and trust and little as possible in the future, since there might be no tomorrow for us. We are just human and we never know what the future brings. One does not know if they will live to see tomorrow. Hence it is alright to be spontaneous and to make the most out of today. Even though we stumble and fall, we need to motivate ourselves to seize the day, to stop messing around, and to live life on the edge, since we might not be here tomorrow. Therefore, if you feel like dancing tonight, then just dance like there is no tomorrow.

Tonight we dance; I leave my life in your hands. We take the floor; nothing is forbidden anymore.” –Enrique Iglesias, Bailamos

Today I feel like dancing, hence I would like to talk about a Latin dance pop song titled “Bailamos”, performed by Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. The title is in Spanish which means “We Dance” or “Let’s Dance” in English. The song itself is sung in Spanglish, written by Paul Barry and Mark Taylor. It was the debut single of Iglesias in the English-language market, and attained immense success. It was released as a single on June 15th 1999. The track first appeared on a limited edition of the singer’s third Spanish studio album, “Cosas del Amor”, released on September 22nd 1998. It was later included in the soundtrack album of 1999 movie “Wild Wild West”, before being a part of Iglesias’ debut English album, “Enrique”, released on November 23rd 1999. Three official accompany music videos were made for this song, with two later videos were directed by famous music video directors, Nigel Dick and Paul Hunter, respectively. Lyrically, this song urges people to live the moment by cherishing it and spending it with their beloved ones; and of course, dancing together through the night.


"Bailamos" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

As stated by Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialists believe that existence precedes essence, and that being a human means having freedom towards their choices in life. Existentialists believe that we always have freedom to choose. They believe that as a human, we always have choices. And by making a choice that could give meaning towards our existence means we give essence towards our life. Whether we want to seize it or not, the freedom to choose is ours. Therefore, it is our freedom too to choose to enjoy the present and not worry about the future. Hence it is our freedom to choose to live for the moment. By seizing our present does not mean that we are neglecting our past and our future. On the other hand, it means that we care so much about what we used to be in the past and what we will be in the future. Everything will fall into place in the long run. “Tonight we dance; I leave my life in your hands. We take the floor; nothing is forbidden anymore. Don’t let the world in outside. Don’t let a moment go by. Nothing can stop us tonight.”
Existentialists believe that we always have freedom to choose. They believe that as a human, we always have choices. And by making a choice that could give meaning towards our existence means we give essence towards our life. Whether we want to grab it or not, the freedom to choose is ours. Therefore, it is our freedom too to make the most of today by achieving fulfillment in a philosophical or spiritual sense. Hence it is our freedom to choose to live this moment to the fullest. By grabbing our current moment does not mean that we are neglecting our yesterday and our tomorrow. On the other hand, it means that we care so much about what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow. We do as much as we can now instead of ignoring the future. We benefit ourselves in the very moment, so that we can pay off in the future. “Tonight I’m yours; we can make it happen I’m so sure. I won’t let it go; there is something I think you should know. I won’t be leaving your side, we’re gonna dance through the night. I want to reach for the stars.”
Existentialists believe that we always have freedom to choose. They believe that as a human, we always have choices. And by making a choice that could give meaning towards our existence means we give essence towards our life. Whether we want to make it or not, the freedom to choose is ours. Therefore, it is our freedom too to attack the day’s efforts with vigor and purpose. Hence it is our freedom to choose to make the best of this moment. By letting the rhythm taking us over and making our body dances through the night, we live up to the moment. “We dance, let the rhythm take you over. We dance, I want you, my love. We dance. Wanna live this night forever, we dance. I want you my love, I want you.” By letting the rhythm taking us over and making our body dance through the night, we cherish the present and be grateful towards the time given. Indeed, living this life is like dancing; we’re going with the rhythm. “Tonight we dance like no tomorrow. If you will stay with me, I want you my love. Stay with me, tonight we dance.”


"Enrique" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Living this life is like dancing. We cannot help but getting into the rhythm and letting it taking us over. However, whenever we feel like the rhythm does not suit us, do not be afraid to search for another rhythm; again and again until we find the one that suits us well. As a human being, I believe that we have the freedom to choose the rhythm we dance to. And when the floor is slippery and it makes us stumbling down, do not be afraid to get up and dance again; again and again until we find the move that makes us free and feeling alive. As a human being, I believe that we have the freedom to choose to feel alive. I believe that we have those choices. Just because our life so far seems so hard and difficult, it does not mean that we cannot live every moment to the fullest. Everything can change in just one night. Who knows that perhaps, just by taking a chance for one night, it would affect our entire lifetime? Who knows that perhaps, just by seizing the moment for one night, it could give a big impact towards our future? We only live once; make the best out of today, since we might not be here for dancing tomorrow.

Tonight I’m yours; we can make it happen I’m so sure. I won’t let it go; there is something I think you should know. I won’t be leaving your side, we’re gonna dance through the night. I want to reach for the stars.” –Enrique Iglesias, Bailamos




Tonight we dance, I leave my life in your hands
We take the floor, nothing is forbidden anymore
Don’t let the world in outside, don’t let a moment go by, nothing can stop us tonight

Bailamos, let the rhythm take you over, bailamos, te quiero amor mio, bailamos
(We dance, let the rhythm take you over, we dance, I want you, my love, we dance)
Wanna live this night forever, bailamos, te quiero amor mio, te quiero
(Wanna live this night forever, we dance, I want you my love, I want you)

Tonight I’m yours, we can make it happen I’m so sure
I won’t let it go, there is something I think you should know
I won’t be leaving your side, we’re gonna dance through the night, I want to reach for the stars

Bailamos, let the rhythm take you over, bailamos, te quiero amor mio, bailamos
(We dance, let the rhythm take you over, we dance, I want you, my love, we dance)
Wanna live this night forever, bailamos, te quiero amor mio, te quiero
(Wanna live this night forever, we dance, I want you my love, I want you)

Tonight we dance like no tomorrow
If you will stay with me, te quiero mi amor
(If you will stay with me, I want you my love)

Quidate conmigo, esta noche bailamos
(Stay with me, tonight we dance)

Bailamos, let the rhythm take you over, bailamos, te quiero amor mio, bailamos
(We dance, let the rhythm take you over, we dance, I want you, my love, we dance)
Wanna live this night forever, bailamos, te quiero amor mio, te quiero
(Wanna live this night forever, we dance, I want you my love, I want you)

Como te quiero, ay como te quiero, como te quiero
(How I love you, hey how I love you, how I love you)

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