Have you ever danced to The Unicorn? Now you can enjoy the story of this mythical creature as a pop tune from 1968 sung by Robert Goulet.
Caller Don Stewart, from the Los Angeles area picks up on the tune and turns it into a Square Dance.
You'll hear both or them next from my Square Dance music room podcast. I'm sure the music will put a smile on your face.
What an exciting year 2013 was for me, with new adventures in the arena of "New Media", Podcasting. Just like the one your listening to.
This is Don Ward inviting you to join me for the next few minutes as I share some personal thoughts with you.
The (Cowboy) Waltz Quadrille has been a favorite dance with period dancers over the years, however the Lloyd Shaw organ recording has been the most available music.
I have come across an orchestral recording on the Imperial label from the early 50s with Eva Decker and her orchestra.
This is a great track, though only 4 times through..... its a fun whoop and holler music and dance.
Enjoy........... Don Ward
If your as old as I am you'll remember this fun singing call, Alabama Jubilee. If you never danced or called it, now might be a good time to dust it off.
Im posting 2 versions. This is the original Windsor Sundowners Band version and the other post will be a whoop and holler version by the Firehouse Five plus two Dixieland band. Enjoy..
This tune gets in your head and you cant let it go. I found it on the RCA Camden "Music for Country Lovers". don ward
Found in the archive of shelved mater recordings was the music for Grand Square Quadrille with Frank Mesina's a accordion lead, in stereo. Yours to download, crank up and enjoy this music as never before. It is reproduced here without the usual compression needed for vinyl recordings. Don Ward
This is another example of hashing a visiting couple dance from a live music dance in 1949. Bud Udick takes a dozen basic moves and transformes them into non stop fun.
Also take notice of the music; Its in your face. It has a melody that gives the caller great backing he can sing with or use as patter. The use of 1/4 notes for a quick paced tempo. One of the advantages is dancers take smaller steps with this tempo. In Buds choreography dancers have to keep it tight with quick steps. Theres no time to linger! If you have some "hot" dancers play this for a challenge and see how well they do. Don Ward
Jigs and Reels were once considered the norm for any kind of "Barn Dance". Today you will mostly find them played at the Traditional Square and Contra dances. However, I find it interesting the intensity and tempo that was recorded prior to the rebirth of Square Dancing in the late 1940's.
This 1938 Victor recording is a typical example of "barn Dance" music from that period. Don Ward
Here is a great look at a typical open dance recorded at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
From the timing of the calls, the "do si do" Bud calls seems more in line with the renamed "Do Paso" as Western Square dancing called it. Don Ward