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April 17, 2014
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Rated: E | Non-fiction | Biographical | #1975952
Soundtrack to Your Life - A Lifelong Favorite

Day Five:
Boot Scootin' Boogie by Brooks and Dunn on Brand New Man

When I was a little girl, I was raised on classic country. My dad was a suburban cowboy, refusing to listen to any else. We had all the classics - Hank Williams, Don Williams, Charlie Pride, Willie Nelson. I listened to my own music most of the time, but it was always a change of pace to hear some good country music in my dad's car or out in the garage while he worked.

We both loved Brooks and Dunn, particularly the song Boot Scootin' Boogie. Whenever it came on, one of us would run to the radio and crank it all the way up. We'd sing at the top of our lungs and I'd dance around until the song was over. No matter what, this was the ritual. So much so that I was once napping in the back of his truck on the drive up north when the song came on, and my old man still cranked it up.

I can't verify this story... I was SOUND asleep. Still, my mother will bust up laughing retelling the story anytime the song comes up.

Time has passed and music has changed quite a bit. We don't hear much Brooks and Dunn anymore, but I always smile when I do happen across the song for one reason or another.

When I got engaged and the wedding planning began, I wanted to find a way to work this song into the festivities. My dad is not the outgoing type. He is very quiet and not much to make public displays, so when I suggested our father daughter dance be a line dance to Boot Scootin' Boogie, he was a bit reluctant. Our original song had been I Believe in You by Don Williams. As the planning continued, I devised a plan to cut in our line dance in... I just needed Dad to agree.

I was nearly in tears when he agreed. We had three dance lesson where I made up a line dance and we worked on it together for hours. It was something little and simple, but my utter delight in his hard work in this was undeniable.

When my big day came, I knew he was so nervous. We pulled it off with only one hitch -- the CD began skipping! Nevertheless, we got through our whole dance (with back up from the bridesmaids, my nieces, and a few friends). Aside from marrying my best friend, this was one of the best moments of my wedding for me; my Boot Scootin' Daddy.
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