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Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Category: Waltz Wednesdays

Sweet

Welcome back to your bi-weekly exploration of popular music in triple metre.

“Sweet Baby James” is an irresistible karaoke choice.  Its simple melodic line makes any voice sound good, and any good voice sound great.

James Taylor wrote this as a lullaby for his baby nephew, James (named for him).  To this day, he considers it his best song – which is at least bittersweet, 48 years later.

I am not usually a fan of popular waltzes in live performance because the tempo can get wishy-washy and negate the benefits of 3/4.  But although that happens a bit here, the heart in the performance makes up for it.

 

Waltz Wednesday

As an alternating motif with Train Music Thursdays, today I start doing Waltz Wednesdays.  One thing train music never is: a waltz.  And though there are so many waltzes in all musical genres, from folk to heavy metal, there is

One.

Iconic.

Waltz.

This is the one they play in a movie when the lead couple must waltz now, and the film’s music director skipped the class on Subtlety at Music Director Academy.  This is the one that, people who have no idea what a waltz is, know what this is.

In bi-weekly installments to come, I will be presenting many more examples of waltzes from all genres.  As I have mentioned here before, I have a thing for them.

And, one more thing! A “waltz”, for the purpose of this blog, does not have to be in true 3/4 time. As long as it’s in triple metre, we’re going to be fine with it.  3/4, 6/8, 9/8, 3/2, 12/8… I don’t care.  When I started looking into this topic, I found that swarms of music nerds love to fight over this, with their battle cries of “Count it out!”  The heck with that, I say!  There will be no fighting about this, here.

 

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