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What kind of music can you waltz to?

What kind of music can you waltz to?

When I mention the Hearth’s monthly Waltzday event to people who’ve never waltzed before, they tend to imagine one of three options:

1.) Ballerinas in the Nutcracker:

2.) Dreamy princesses like Cinderella:

3.) Or the old school flirting of movies like Anna Karenina:

While all of these are true, they’re a small cross section of waltz music. Even if you’re staying in the classical era, there’s a lot more to it than the Nutcrakcer. Prokofiev, a Soviet composer, pianist and conductor, was one of the major composer of the 20th century:

After almost a year and a half of waltzing with The Hearth Community, every time I hear a song in 3/4 I immediately find myself starting to move to it. While many of our dances have come from the folk tradition, one of the greatest pleasures has been discovering how often this 3/4 beat is used in different genres.

So far at Waltzdays, we’ve had folk, classical, jazz, blues, and contemporary music. This month, we’re eager to throw in yet another twist: A Country Waltz with Hannah Baker Rose. Though she’ll be the first to throw some country onto our dance floor, and she’s far from the first to combine the genres:

Then in July, Amy Kucharik will be playing a night of live blues music with a waltz beat, something we’ve actually all heard before even if we haven’t realized it:

From classic folkies:

To the muppets:

To contemporary indie musicians:

After hundreds of years in the musical canon, the triple beat has worked it’s way into just about every genre.  And if it’s there, we’re going to dance to it.

Try your feet at the waltz, in all it’s different versions, at Waltzdays every fourth Sunday from 7:00-10:30 pm.


 

Haven’t heard enough waltzes yet? We found even more for you!  Listen through and find the one that best fits your tapping toes and then let us know:




Book Review: A Man Called Ove

Book Review: A Man Called Ove

written by Hearth Ember, Amy Beth Harrison Ove does not make a great first impression. He is someone who seems to care more about where the recycling goes than how someone is doing. He takes grumpiness to new heights and is seemingly without ability for spontaneity or compassion. However, as I got deeper into theContinue Reading

Call for Knitting

Call for Knitting

-written by Hearth Founder, Miranda Aisling In 2011, I was painting an eight foot by eight foot unstretched canvas, also known as a sheet of fabric staple gunned to the wall. As I stood mere inches from the painting, outlining a series of circles, I found myself distracted by the weave of the canvas itself.Continue Reading

The Annual Existential Crisis

We’re three days away from the second largest Hearth Event of the year: cue my annual existential crisis. Last week, amidst slower than hoped ticket sales, expensive car maintenance, a family visit, and (as an atheist) my first adult attendance to Easter services, it was to be expected. Thursday night, as I drew into the finalContinue Reading

WhatIMake: Glass and Plasma Sculptures

WhatIMake: Glass and Plasma Sculptures

“Essentially what I do is take electricity and turn it into light using glass as the medium,” explained Wayne Strattman at the beginning of his talk on April 16, 2016. Wayne was one of 10 multidisciplinary makers who presented the first WhatIMake event hosted by Miranda’s Hearth at Artisan’s Asylum and Aeronaut Brewery. Wayne received aContinue Reading

Book Review: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Book Review: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

written by Hearth Board Member, Nina Earley “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke 90 pages, very quick read 4-6 hours total I gave this book to my brother as a gift when I first moved away from home; I think he must have been 15 or 16. I’d like to think itContinue Reading

Creative Exploration and Authentic Relationships

Creative Exploration and Authentic Relationships

written by Hearth Founder, Miranda Aisling Last month, the fifteen Hearth Embers met for our annual meeting to discuss why we do what we do. Out of all the organizations we can be a part of and all of the events that we can go to, what is it that continually draws us to theContinue Reading

WhatIMake: Imaginary Maps

WhatIMake: Imaginary Maps

On April 16, 2016, Emily Garfield kicked off the first annual WhatIMake event with a talk on Imaginary Maps. Emily, a local artist from Somerville who also serves on the board of Artisan’s Asylum, maps places that she makes up as she draws.  “People have described them as something like my brain drawing itself,” sheContinue Reading

Book Review: Commonwealth

Book Review: Commonwealth

– written by Hearth Ember, Amy Beth Harrison Ann Patchett was someone I already admired before starting Commonwealth. I knew her from Bel Canto, a very memorable read, and then heard the story of how she opened her own bookstore because the last bookstore in her hometown of Nashville closed. Despite being an author rather than aContinue Reading

Comfort Foods Potluck: Beef Stew

Comfort Foods Potluck: Beef Stew

Hearth Ember Rebecca D’Antonio is at it again! For the Comfort Foods Potluck on March 12, she’ll be making beef stew in the slow cooker. Below is her recipe for a meal that will immediately make you want to curl up in a cuddly ball and fall asleep: This is one of those recipes that is highlyContinue Reading

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