Tuesday, July 4, 2017

World Waltz Week

GD already has covered this week's major even, Independence Day in the USA.

I'll bet you didn't know this week just happens to be 'World Waltz Week.'

Well it is.   Adolf has decided to endow upon the first week in July the duty of celebrating the finest musical genre ever,  the waltz.

So, who do you think is the King of Waltz? (Or Queen of Waltz?)

Could it be be this bloke?  With this music?

Or maybe this fellow?  With this piece?

Perhaps this guy?  With this dance routine?

What about this lady?  with this favorite?

My pick of the bunch would be Herr Strauss.  Who is yours?

Some readers will be aware Adolf regularly trots off to Sunday morning worship and for a couple of decades stood in the base line of a church choir.

Over the years I have concluded that some of the most melodic and inspiring hymns were written in waltz time.  So if I were choosing the four hymns for Sunday, here are the ones which would make the grade.

1    Sing Praise And Thanksgiving        Tune Kremser (c1566) Dutch
2    The Lord's My Shepherd                 Tune Crimond (c1880) Scottish
3    Love Divine                                     Tune Hyfrydol (c1850) Welsh
4    Be Thou My Vision                         Tune Slane       (Trad)    Irish

Of course, they are all waltzes.  

And to conclude, has anyone else noticed the dumbarsed Ockers, for their de facto national anthem 'Waltzing Matilda,' chose a tune which happens to be a march?  No wonder their economy's in trouble.  They can't tell the difference between their arses and their elbows or their marches and their walzes.

3 comments:

David said...

I guess Onward Christian Soldiers doesn't qualify as a waltz, but here is a great set of words to be sung to that tune.

Fellers of Australier,
Blokes an' coves an' coots,
Shift yer —— carcases,
Move yer —— boots.
Gird yer —— loins up,
Get yer —— gun,
Set the —— enermy
An' watch the —— run.

Chorus:
Get a —— move on,
Have some —— sense.
Learn the —— art of
Self de- —— -fence.

Have some —— brains be-
Neath yer —— lids.
An' swing a —— sabre
Fer the missus an' the kids.
Chuck supportin' —— posts,
An' strikin' —— lights,
Support a —— fam'ly an'
Strike fer yer —— rights.

Chorus:
Get a —— move, etc.

Joy is —— fleetin',
Life is —— short.
Wot's the use uv wastin' it
All on —— sport?
Hitch yer —— tip-dray
To a —— star.
Let yer —— watchword be
"Australi- —— -ar!"

Chorus:
Get a —— move, etc.

'Ow's the —— nation
Goin' to ixpand
'Lest us —— blokes an' coves
Lend a —— 'and ?
'Eave yer —— apathy
Down a —— chasm;
'Ump yer —— burden with
Enthusi- —— -asm.

Chorus:
Get a —— move, etc.

W'en the —— trouble
Hits yer native land
Take a —— rifle
In yer —— 'and.
Keep yer —— upper lip
Stiff as stiff kin be,
An' speed a —— bullet for
Pos- —— -terity.

Chorus:
Get a —— move, etc.

W'en the —— bugle
Sounds "Ad- —— -vance"
Don't be like a flock uv sheep
In a —— trance.
Biff the —— foeman
Where it don't agree.
Spifler- —— -cate him
To Eternity.

Chorus:
Get a —— move, etc.

Fellers of Australier,
Cobbers, chaps an' mates,
Hear the —— enermy
Kickin' at the gates!
Blow the —— bugle,
Beat the —— drum,
Upper-cut and out the cow
To kingdom- —— -come!

Chorus:
Get a —— move on,
Have some —— sense.
Learn the —— art of
Self de- —— -fence!

The Austra--aise by C J Dennis.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Yet another dumb arsed Ocker.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I should have included 'O Mio Babbino Caro.'