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madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 12:52 AM

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

Pat's reminiscences about songs from earlier eras have triggered some wonderful memories of my own. She mentioned the beautiful Blue Skirt Waltz. This is perfect for ballroom dance competition, see the elegant dancers here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5DSIPYLXKI&feature=related

I was delighted to see a dance class in Japan waltzing to it ... they call it folk dancing, they are having so much fun, it's refreshing to watch them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ivy53WN4jk&feature=related

The waltz is the dance for lovers -- one of the most memorable is 'Melody of Love', performed by Billy Vaughn and Wayne King (referred to as the Waltz King). Dance to it, and you'll be in love before it finishes.

The Missouri Waltz, which is now Missouri's state song, gained national attention at the 1944 Democratic convention when Harry S Truman was nominated for vice-president. He was an accomplished pianist, and ironically the Missouri Waltz was not one of his favorites.

I'd like to hear about waltz favorites from others in this forum.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 8:30 AM

Sheesh, that sounded like a home work assignment. Anyone else have sentimental favorites, not just waltzes, from the 'good old days'?

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5490)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 9:17 AM

Being from Tennessee I have to go with The Tennessee Waltz, which is one of our states songs...I learned to waltz to this one in gym class! Remember those? Mom and Dad Waltz is another one...My mom and dad danced to this one...
Vickie

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 9:19 AM

My dad told me that a few weeks after "Orange Blossom Special" came out, it was so popular that one of the local radio stations played it repeatedly, non-stop except for commercials and news, for an entire day.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 12:35 PM

Janice, I had no idea it was that long ago until I looked it up (1938); I can well imagine it would be played over ... and over ...
It's been called the 'fiddle player's national anthem'. I think most people associate it with Johnny Cash. Thanks for sharing that.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 1:00 PM

You know, the popular songs when I was young are now old sentimental favorites. The Tennessee Waltz is a classic, I wonder how many have heard Mom and Dad's Waltz? I get tears whenever I hear it. So many have recorded it, each is special. I think the 'killer' Jerry Lewis rates up near the top. Lots of versions on YouTube, here are the lyrics:

I'd walk for miles cry or smile for my mama and daddy
I want them I want them to know
How I feel my love is real for my mama and daddy
I want them to know I love them so

Chorus
In my heart joy tears start cause I'm happy
And I pray every day for mom and pappy and each night
I'd walk for miles cry or smile for my mama and daddy
I want them to know I love them so

I'd fight in wars do all the chores for my mama and daddy
I want them to live on till they're called
I'd work and slave and never rave to my mama and daddy
Cause I know I owe them my all

Chorus

Yes I want them to know I love them so



gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 1:20 PM

I heard the Mom and Dad Waltz as a child at a family reunion. The man singing it was blind, and when I hear it, I always think of that time in my life. It is a beautiful and meaningful song, and thank you for posting the lyrics.

Marilyn...

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 1:23 PM

In regard to the Mom and Dad Waltz, I think the country singer, Lefty Frizzell is the one I am the most familiar with.

Marilyn...

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 2:24 PM

Yes, Lefty introduced that song, and his distinctive voice is associated with it even today. I loved that version ... but then again, I loved Lefty!

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 2:57 PM

Orange Blossom Special -

Stinkin' hard to play. There are tons of these on You Tube.

Johnny Cash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAmrKeyeHKA

Chet Atkins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Svm_Vnntyk&feature=related

But I'm a purist - this isn't a harmonica or guitar song.

So here's the best (ain't nobody beats the "Devil Went Down To Georgia" fiddle player: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QRxOFR7ylI&feature=PlayList&p=014B9B0E89D9298E&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=30

(Oh, in case you get a hankerin' for a little DWDTG, here's that one too, recorded live the night Charlie was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnepPZChA5U

Now I'm gonna dust off my cowboy boots and hat and go riding at my son's ranch!




flcyclist
Flcyclist  (Level: 124.5 - Posts: 691)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 12:50 AM

My sentimental favorites from the "old days" are the slow love songs (although I liked pretty much ALL the rock and roll during the '50's, which was when I was a teen.) But now my favorite music is big band/swing from the late '30's thru the '40's, although I still sing along to the '50's oldies! No waltzes for me, Matilda!


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