“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” by Brooks & Dunn
40 Days Of Country – Day #38 – Lent 2016
There was a period in the early 1990’s when the CMA awards went hand in hand with Brooks & Dunn taking home the prize for “Best Group or Duo.” This was, in part, thanks to their fourth hit single, 1991’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” which also became their first cross-over success, landing at #50 on the Billboard Top 100 and #1 on the country charts. The song also reignited a national interest in country line dancing, an experience I lived through thanks to my mom teaching lessons at my dad’s sports bar when I was a child!
The song introduced classic dance steps like, “heel, toe, do-si-do,” and “get down, turn around,” as steps in the infamous “boot scootin’ boogie.” At the core, the song is a simple celebration of freeing yourself from stress and cares and enjoying some social festivities with friends after a long day of work. Kid Brooks and Ronnie Dunn explain lyrically, “I’ve got a good job I work hard for my money, when it’s quittin time I hit the door runnin’.” As a matter of fact, the whole town heads to the local stomping grounds for a good-ole dance party, singing, “I see outlaws, inlaws crooks & straights all out makin’ it shake, doin’ the boot scootin’ boogie.”
Now, while the Bible doesn’t advocate senseless debauchery and revelry, there are plenty of times in the scriptures where a dance-filled celebration is just what God has in mind for God’s people. As a matter of fact, when the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Israel, this was just how King David responded, as 2 Samuel 6: 14-15 describe, “David, dressed in a linen priestly vest, danced with all his strength before the Lord. 15 This is how David and the entire house of Israel brought up the Lord’s chest with shouts and trumpet blasts.” So when’s the last time you danced with joy before God? Not everyone was happy with the way David danced. Not everyone loves country line dancing. But when we dance to celebrate the great things the Lord has done for us, the Bible affirms that God is pleased.
Lord of the Dance, remind us how to celebrate. Fill our hearts with songs and music and exhalation, and let that joy erupt in our bodies with rhythm and beat and melody. Let us never be ashamed to praise you with every ounce of our being. Amen.