I have concluded that valses are my favorite music.
This has nothing to do with my enjoyment of other kinds of music, because goodness knows that I love certain tangos and milongas and contemporary music. It has to do with the music that gets me off my chair, no matter what.
One evening, a leader and I were sitting and talking. The music was not getting us terribly excited to dance, and we were content to just sit there. He started to get up to get a glass of water, when he stopped and asked if I would like to dance the next Di Sarli tanda. He said that when Di Sarli is playing, he itches to get up and dance. He said that he feels pain if there is no one to dance with.
I may not feel that way about a particular orchestra, but I fly to the dance floor when a vals tanda begins. I can be in the most rotten mood, utterly uninspired, wrapped in a sweater and slumped in a chair in the corner of the room. But then a vals tanda comes on, and one of my favorite vals leaders catches my eye, and I simply can’t resist. Within seconds, almost without fail, I have forgotten my woes and am wrapped up in the moment.
Maybe it is the upbeat tempo, the swirly time signature. Maybe it is the mixture of graceful sweeping around the room with fun rhythms. (I adore playing with the 1 … &-3 rhythm – if you are counting 1 & 2 & 3 &. That pause builds up the fun of the quick steps, especially when used wisely.) Maybe it is something particular to my favorite vals leaders. Or to my own vals style. Who knows? All I know is that it gets me off my chair and back into the moment, no matter what.