I just got back from our parish’s annual fundraiser golf tournament and dinner dance. And once again, it was confirmed for me that the great musical force that unifies the American Church isn’t Gregorian chant, or classic hymns like “Praise to the Lord” or “Hail Holy Queen” or even “Gather Us In.”
It’s “Electric Boogie.”
I’ve lost count of the number of parish dances, fundraisers, wedding receptions and graduation parties in the Church hall that have included this song — along with the requisite step-by-step instruction in “The Electric Slide.”
Yes. “Electric Boogie” is the celebratory anthem of the American parish. (“YMCA” is a close second.)
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