Music Monday – Round and Round and Faster and Faster

As I was tucking my daughter in to night, Bolero was playing on the classical station.  We let our daughters listen to the jazz or classical stations or play CDs we’ve approved of as ‘going to sleep’ music.  So, I explained to my daughter about how Bolero goes on for a long time, repeating itself and slowly, ever so slowly, picking up tempo.  So here we are, going round and round, getting faster and faster.  Ravel and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.  I’m sure there are other songs that do this, as well, but they haven’t popped into my head.  I’ll leave you to enjoy these two pieces.

Bolero by Marice Ravel

(performed by the Bejart Ballet Lausanne)

I’m not a big fan of ballet, but I figured I might as well post a video of somebody doing something other than playing an instrument for fourteen minutes and this performance is kind of interesting.  This is a performance by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, a Swiss ballet company formed in 1987.

Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

(released 1998 on the compilation disc ‘Swing This, Baby!’ –a very good swing disc, btw)

The Ding-Dong Daddy had a sensual soul
Lonely women flocked to him and he loved them all
A train went in the tunnel in the dark he proposed
The bonds of matrimony in the sweetest prose
The ladies got together and decided they’d been had
This ain’t Salt Lake and you ain’t Don Juan man
We’ve got to give you credit we was happy for a time
But you’re the Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-car line

Starting at just after the two minute and twenty second mark, you get to the lyrics above.  At the first line, the rhythm is rather slow, but it makes about three uptempo changes in twenty or so seconds to get back to the rhythm that they play most of the song.

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