Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Category: Waltz Wednesdays (Page 1 of 5)

Times

November 6, baby.  

November 6.

Hickory Wind

The eternal appeal of a simpler, calmer time in the past.

It seldom that this simpler time actually existed, but the country/western songbook makes its living there, anyway.

Of course – ill wind and all that, right?  Here we also have an excuse to listen to a Joan Baez track again.  So, OK.

Annie’s Song

A purer love song might not exist.

Can We Talk About Dave?

Not to be confused with Time Signature magazine

When it comes to time signatures, nobody messes with normal like Dave Brubeck.  A waltz is just a baby step away from the ordinariness of 4/4.

Ever wonder what it sounds like if you had to waltz with a limp?  Dave has your answer

Now you know.   Then there’s ragtime, which is mostly showing up on other blogs than this one – because it’s 2/4 or 4/4.  But Brubeck does this

OK, so much for THAT preconception.  But what about other N/4 times, where N is an odd number?  Well, if you have been reading this and  wondering, “why have I heard of this Brubeck guy?” here’s your answer.  By the way, this piece made the cover of Time magazine.

Also, Time Signature magazine devoted a whole issue to it.

OK, 5/4 is weird, but can he get even weirder?  You knew the answer as you read the question

Wait – one more! From 7/4 to 9/8

America

Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together

In a very real way, this song’s lyrics capture the essence of a certain demographic of this country in the ’60s and ’70s.  I know, because I was in that crowd, and it feels like my youth, too.

I’ve got some real estate here in my bag

There is a fun book called, Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike.  It’s illustrated only with drawings because taking photographs of the NJ Turnpike is against the regulations of the NJ Turnpike. 

And you know where the title comes from.

I was skeptical of the covers for this song because most of them on YT are those sad 3:12 clips of someone in their mom’s basement with an acoustic guitar and… anyway… this performance gets a standing ovation.   Well, sort of.  Only one member of the audience stands, actually.  But that’s OK.  Watch and see what I mean.

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