Flash mob in Fed Square

It takes courage to do something new and it takes even more to do something for the first time in front of a crowd. And crowds don’t come much bigger on a Wednesday morning than Melbourne commuters spilling out of Flinders Street station and heading past Federation Square.

But yesterday morning 50 lively Baby Boomers stepped right up to form a dancing flash mob, much to the surprise and delight of the morning commuters.

The mini-gig was a taste of what is to come in the second round of Apia Good Times concerts, starting 30 April in Warnnambool.

The concerts will roll out around the country over the next two months and give mature Australians who love live music a chance to celebrate many of the top artists and their much loved hits from their teenage years.

And yesterday at Fed Square, many of the flash mob participants agreed that the mini gig was all about feeling your emotional age – a teenager still.

Looking as youthful as ever, ‘Just a boy’ Leo Sayer sang his hit, You make me feel like dancing, ably supported by fellow musicians Joe Camilleri, Richard Clapton, Russell Morris.

So why not join the party and listen to some good old time rock ‘n’ roll from Leo, Joe, Richard and Russell here:

Joe Camilleri – Shape I’m In

Richard Clapton – Girls on the Avenue

Russell Morris – The Real Thing

Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Opinion: My first time

When was the last time that you did something for the first time? Seriously, how long since you have tried something new and scary?

Too long to remember? Does that make you sad?

When we are in our tweens, teens and young adulthood, new experiences come faster than we can handle them. First trip to the city, first bank account, first exams, first kiss, first date – the first time for so many glorious things. And then we hit our 20s and we encounter a whole new raft of first times – first marriage, first ‘big’ job, first car, first home of our own, maybe even first child.

It slows down a bit in our 30s and 40s, hopefully meaning we avoid first divorce, first major health scare etc, but also, somewhat subtly, leading us to believe that we have seen it all and done it all by the time we hit our 50s and 60s.

Well yesterday’s flash mob at Fed Square was a timely reminder to me that there are SO many new experiences waiting to be had, with so much fun attached. Sadly I didn’t get to join in the dancing, although, given my lack of rhythm, I bet the other dancers are relieved. But when I watched the video, the laughter and fun were simply infectious and made me realise how important it is to stop acting my (chronological) age and start behaving in a way more closely aligned with the age I feel – about 17! And if that means getting up earlier to join in with the mob next time, you can count me in.

What about you? When was the last time you did something for the first time? Was it fun? What was it? Would your mother have approved, LOL?

Written by Kaye Fallick