This tune popped into my fingers a few months ago and I immediately
recognized it as a morris tune. Dance tunes always fit the movement
of the dancers, and as I played
Lilies of the Valley
it reminded me of my first years in New York City dancing with the
Greenwich Village Morris Men and playing all those great Fieldtown
and Bledington tunes. I learned to watch the dancers and make my
tempo and articulation match their movements. These were good
lessons that I learned with the help of Paul Friedman who still
plays for the Greenwich Men.
I asked Paul to play
with me last week and as we played, we imagined the surge and
falling back of a morris side and let the rhythm and accent of the
music get in sync with our internal dancers. I’m curious what you
make of this tune. Is there a village tradition that it seems to
fit best to? Let me know.
Since I posted this back in 2007 the Greenwich Men have disbanded.
But... theFoggy Bottom
from D.C. who are still going strong have devised a dance to this
tune that they call "Willows".