Chillin’ with Adam with Emma McIntosh & Special Guest: Gene Kelly
Though Gene Kelly’s era was before my time, his recipe for squeezing every ounce out of life is as relevant today as it was the day he shot his famous scene from “Singing in the Rain” in one take while sick with the flu.
After watching our visit with Gene, a Youtube subscriber remarked, “I’m a late 80s baby and half the time or should I say most of the time I don’t know who these people are but it’s so nice to learn from them and know who they were [when they were] here and I always look them up online to see who they are and I catch myself watching movies and videos to really see who they were and it’s awesome, so thank you for sharing. I think we can all learn from them even after death.”
According to Gene, “Dance is like a celebration of life. Dance allows people to be expressive. It’s also a great way to just exercise and stay fit. That was something I did rigorously. I was very proud of my body. I was not ashamed to show it off. That’s why I always wore very tight clothing instead of the suits that most people wore. I was really proud of what my body looked like. That’s not ego. It’s about self-love. It’s about showing what you have and infusing it into your dance. I wanted to show people that every muscle in my body was being used while I was dancing.
But you know, I want to go a little bit deeper into dancing and singing and how important it is in people’s lives. Dance can really give you style. It gives you a sophistication. It’s also a challenge because it’s really hard to get to that point where it becomes your natural state of being. It takes a lot of training. It takes a lot of persistence. One thing people might not know is that it’s really good for your brain as well. It’s really good for the health of the brain and it really prevents diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
That’s why you see in a lot of care homes for elderly people, they’ll teach them how to dance because it helps the brain. It stimulates the growth of new cells because you have to think about what you’re doing. You have to find a pattern. You have to find an energy sway with it, you know. There’s so much in the brain that is being used while we’re dancing that, basically, it’s like gymnastics for the brain because you have to coordinate your movements. You need to go one step forward with this foot and one step backward with that foot. It takes coordination in the brain to make a dance complete.
A lot of people are worried, “Will I get Alzheimer’s?”
Sometimes it’s in the family. Sometimes when people do get Alzheimer’s, they get them to dance. Ballroom dancing or Latin dancing or whatever it is because it will help them reproduce new cells in the brain and to make new connections and to keep the other cells active. Dancing is not just good for your muscles, it’s really, really good for the brain.
People forget about this, but when we sing it reduces the stress in our bodies. Singing is an aerobic exercise. It improves the efficiency of the cardiovascular system. It increases the oxygenation of your blood and really improves your alertness. You’re getting more oxygen into the cells where your body will feel better. You’re singing the stress out! That energy will be completely gone and it really improves your general health.
We’re improving our air flow in the upper respiratory tract and that can also prevent you from getting colds or flus. It helps you with your immune system. It gives your system a boost. So, everybody should be singing! In the car, in the shower; wherever you can. You sing your heart out! You put some music on and use that as a tool to really be in the moment to be you and the song and what it means to you. Singing, you need a lot of breathing technique to do it. We breathe really deep and we breathe it all out. It’s almost like meditating. You have these breathing exercises while you’re singing. If you could just add some dancing to it, people have proven you can lose weight just by dancing, having fun, so why not do it?
When I look at schools now, it’s “Here’s some music, now sit still and listen.”
It wouldn’t even be possible for me to put music on and sit still. It’s not logical to me. Why would you tell a child to sit still and listen to some music? Can you imagine? I hear music, but I can’t react to it. It’s impossible to not react to music. Something needs to move. It’s the energy that takes your whole body to a different dimension. You have to move, People!
I really hope that if they don’t have a lot of singing and dancing classes in school, see if there’s anything the kids can do outside of school. It will really improve their health. It will really improve their stability within themselves. They will know what hard work is. They will know what discipline is. They will know what it feels like to accomplish something. It will boost their self-confidence. So stimulate it within your children. Dance yourself! Go crazy whenever you’re having a bad day!
Please enjoy our visit with Gene Kelly, published on our Youtube channel October 19, 2017:
Dancing was my savior. I would put music on that I love and I would just go all out. I did it as a profession, but it never got old and it never got boring and it’s was always a challenge and always hard work, but I loved every minute of it. I loved performing with all these other dancers and singers who were so incredible. A lot of people ask me who was my favorite dancer to dance with, I always tell people it was Jerry the mouse because every lady I ever danced with was so incredible in her own unique way, it would be impossible for me to pick any dancer out because I just adored all of them. So, we’ll stick with Jerry.”
Regarding the afterlife:
“Even now, we continue to learn. We continue to grow. It’s just so much fun because understanding yourself and understanding the world will give you the capacity to find understanding in everyone and everything. The reason there’s so much conflict is we don’t understand one another. We don’t comprehend where we come from and we don’t understand how this world works. So educate yourself. If there is something you don’t understand, go look for the answer. It will not only help you to stay healthy, it will help you reach a very high age where you’re still 100% there, but it will also give you a feeling of accomplishment in life.
Keep learning, people. Keep learning. Keep dancing and keep singing.
The most important thing that I really wanted to share today was that I had a great life. I’m not going to complain. There were ups and downs. There were things that frustrated me. There were things that brought me down, but that’s life. That’s life, but singing and dancing really brought joy to my life. It really helped me to not get so attached to negativity because I would just sing it all out or I would dance it all out. Whenever I got frustrated, I would dance the heck out of things. People loved it!
It was like, “Where did that come from?” Rrrrrrrrr! I’d just get it all out! That’s really the message I want to give to people. Use singing. Use dancing. Use educating yourself to really find more balance within yourself and this life. Use it as an excellent completely free tool to de-stress. To bring yourself back to your existence, to find joy and to share it with others because dancing with a partner is the most incredible thing there is! You’re connected soul-to-soul. You’re sharing energy and when you dance with a person that you love, it connects you on such an intensely deep manner that in a way, you become one.
When you’re dancing with a partner, those two energies, they really merge together and in that moment in your human existence, you are no longer two separate entities, but you become one. That is as close as you can get in his life to being completely merged energetically. So, see the beauty in dancing and dance with your partner. If you want to spice up your relationship, if you want your relationship to be better, if you want to take it out of the everyday routine and the boredom, dance! Go to some dance classes. It will bring you together. It will bring you joy! You guys will start to exercise more. It’s such a great tool to become happy in your life that I recommend every single person out there, Go Dancing! That’s my advice.”
Adam added, “I wasn’t the greatest dancer, but I can do this!”
Emma mimics Adam performing the Batman dance, rhythmically dragging a horizontal victory sign, across one eye, then the other.
When I shared that Adam was a damn good dancer, he replied, “Not when you go into Gene’s body!”
“I’m nothing compared to him. Once you get that comparison, you’re like, “I needed more practice. I really did.’”
Below is a clip, albeit of questionable quality, of seven-year-old Adam dancing to M.C. Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This,” with his cousins and younger brother.
During our episode of “Chillin’ with Adam” with Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, Adam described doing the energy-sharing thing with Gene Kelly and how he got to see how it felt to be Gene Kelly during the scene from “Singing in the Rain.” Adam was so impressed that he filmed that scene in one take while sick, that we offered Gene his own episode on the spot. Adam said it was really incredible to be in Gene’s body experiencing it through Gene’s point of view.
“There was a lot of stress too. Don’t let him fool you when he’s saying everything is perfect. I felt a lot of stress and a lot of pressure on him to perform. To make it right. To make it perfect. Every time he danced, it was like all that stress would just fade away and it was almost like he felt like he was his own little universe. There was nobody there and he would just let it all out and let it all go and it was incredible. When he danced with a partner, it felt like it was a friendship. When you do things together that are fun, it creates a friendship and it creates a feeling of being connected to that person in a very special intimate way. That’s what it felt like. He did have stress. We all do. That’s life, and he did have a lot of guess work to bring this forward because there were some struggles from the movie business against his ideas.
“No, we don’t want that,” and he would go, “Nooooo! It needs to go in there. I want this!”
He really had to fight and struggle to get certain results in the movies and to get certain scenes in that he really wanted to get in there, so that really brought a lot of stress. When he started dancing, I could feel like I was invincible. Like there was nothing that could touch me or hurt me. It’s almost like I was dancing on the stars somewhere up in the heavens and I was just doing my thing. Then when the music stopped, I kind of got sucked back into his body and it’s like, “Oh wait…. we’re still here!”
So, he really elevated himself vibrationally every time he danced. He would become in a way almost separated from his body because it really brought him the kind of joy that raised his frequency to such a high level that he almost…. if he would…. he could almost just let go and shoot out there and become that star he wanted to be!
That was a really incredible feeling! That’s something that as Adam, I had not experienced. That feeling of complete joy and balance and being one with the universe at that moment. It was really…. incredible. Feeling such exhilaration when you are doing something that you love is the best feeling ever. I felt that when I was writing and in that aspect, me and Gene get along really well because he loved writing poetry. We try and bounce off one another, trying to make new songs and new lyrics and things like that.
Now for my favorite question:
So, Gene, what do you think of my boy?
“He’s incredible. He is also a very smart young man. He had a really keen eye on what was going on in his world and his surroundings, but he had a really hard time placing it. Making peace with what he saw. That was hard for him. When I went into his body, when he shared his life with me a little bit, I didn’t see the whole thing, I just saw a little bit of it, but it did feel that the passion and the love was always there. That never went away. It never disappeared; although he really felt that not a lot of people understood him. He felt misunderstood. He felt like, “Am I just weird or do people just really don’t get me?”
That’s also why he felt alone at times, because there is no understanding, or people don’t even try. If you’re not thinking the way I think, you’re being rejected. It’s the mentality now days and that’s what needs to change. Dancing can bring people together.
Even if you don’t know a person, and you see that this person needs some loving, just ask them for a dance and they will instantly perk up and say, “Oh, my God! Yes!” You will have given them an energy boost. You will have given them some love. If the whole world would just dance with each other, we wouldn’t have all these wars and all these threats.
Adam spent the last night of his life dancing. 🌟💫💃🏽🕺🏽💫🌟
We ended our visit with a discussion about how world leaders should have a dance-off instead of threatening nuclear war. On second thought, that may not be such a good idea. I’d hate to think the fate of the free world rests on Trump’s ability to master Gangnam style.
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