My dad’s opening bid was “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof. Really Dad? Broadway? Talk about maudlin. I wrote back and suggested the Louis Armstrong cover and he has yet to reply. It’s not looking good.
My dad and I were between the Hawaiian version (can never spell his name) of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and To Sir with Love. He decided on To Sir with Love, and much to my joy, picked the Glee version (what can I say, I’m a Gleek! Plus I always watch it with my dad, so it makes sense, if not completely cheesy)
First of all, EVERY waltz is in 3/4 time, because that’s waltz timing. Trust me on this, I am a dancer, ballroom teacher, and have been waltzing for almost 20 years.
Would you like to do a slow waltz (e.g., Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” is a slow waltz), which at strict tempo would be 29-31 beats per minute or a Viennese waltz (approx. 180 beats per minute)?
Iron and Wine’s “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” is a slow waltz, but the beat is a bit difficult to hear. The same goes for “At Last” – slow waltz, but difficult beat.
Have you ever heard of the group Secret Garden? They have some absolutely lovely slow waltzes (instrumentals and very lyrical). My favourite one is ‘Serenade to Spring:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZUKA1gK4b4
Another slow waltz by the same group is “Dreamcatcher.” If you like the Eagles, you could always use “Take it to the limit” – another slow waltz.
P.S. “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart is NOT a waltz. The timing is 4/4 and not 3/4.