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Un Chaudron Fêlé: A Collection of Waltzes

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Tommy Makem with the Clancy Brothers  Waltzing with Bears  buy on itunes
Jefferson Airplane  Lather  buy on itunes
Cannonball Adderley  African Waltz  buy on itunes
Jim Croce  Time in a Bottle  buy on itunes
Dave Brubeck Group  Kathy's Waltz  buy on itunes
Elliot Smith  Waltz #2 (XO)  buy on itunes
Leo Kottke  Crow River Waltz  buy on itunes
Fairport Convention  Genesis Hall  buy on itunes
Mireille Mathieu  Les Bicyclettes de Belsize  buy on itunes
Tim Hart and Maddy Prior  Dancing at Whitsun  buy on itunes
Les Paul and Mary Ford  Mocking Bird Hill  buy on itunes
Richard Thompson  Waltzing's for Dreamers  buy on itunes
Patti Page  Changing Partners  buy on itunes
Cass Elliot  Dream a Little Dream of Me  buy on itunes
Elvis Costello  You've Got to Hide Your Love Away  buy on itunes
Dolores Keane and John Faulkner  Jimmy Mo Mhile Stór  buy on itunes
The Proclaimers  Cap in Hand  buy on itunes
Kristin Hersh  Down in the Willow Garden  buy on itunes
The Chieftains with Tom Jones  Tennessee Waltz; Tennessee Mazurka  buy on itunes
Richard and Linda Thompson  Withered and Died  buy on itunes
Priscilla Herdman  Do You Think That I Do Not Know?  buy on itunes
Nolan Anderson  Sleepy Bear Waltz  buy on itunes


Even when we'd have our words wring tears from the stars, human speech is like a cracked kettle, upon which we beat out such tunes as set the bears to dancing.
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, II,ii.
Clearly, there are limits to what human speech can do.
When I was in eighth grade, I was making an oral presentation of the Beatles song, She's Leaving Home to my music appreciation class and said before God and everyone that the song was in common time. Oh, the embarrassment. Being thirteen, I had to stick to the story in the face of all evidence manifest to the contrary. Every twelfth beat, I was right on.
Some folks can't carry a tune in a bucket; me, I can't keep time in a bottle. And when I had that thought the other day, it occured to me that Time in a Bottle is also a waltz. In it goes.
Waltzes are versatile. Although they are most frequently songs invoking a yearning towards the dance floor, they can also tell us of other feelings. Dolores Keane and Mireille Mathieu mourn for their absent lovers in three/four time. The Proclaimers waltz out the chagrin of a failed nationalist agenda. Kristin Hersh nimbly three-steps her way through the muddled thoughts of a homocidal incompetent. And Priscilla Herdman uses the boxstep to sing one of Henry Lawson's saddest poems.
There are limits to human speech -- the bears know what's what. That's why they dance. One-two-three, one-two-three, there you go.
(The sculpture is by Enook Manomie of Iqaluit. Google him and buy if you're so inclined. All I can afford is to steal a .gif of his work.)
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Date: 4/25/2004
Yup, I like the look of this...good, nay, great Job! Love Jim Croce!
Date: 4/25/2004
Exactly what Dom1 said. Fantastic really.
Date: 4/25/2004
Nice theme. ONE, two, three, ONE, two three...
Date: 4/25/2004
Great idea and great collection! Thompsons/Fairport must like 3/4 time - I noticed a few on Linda Thompson's new solo album.
Date: 4/26/2004
Just living and dying in three quarter time...I've always been a sucker for 3/4 - and the R. Thompson track is one of my favorites. Nice job.
Date: 4/26/2004
Beautiful chapbell.
Date: 5/1/2004
I echo what Valis says: absolutely beautiful!

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