This one wasn't even close; our democratic choice for June is the lovely Finnish waltz Emma's, and a fine choice it is.
What I really like about Emma's is the variety of ways in which it can be played. Lilting or sultry, straight or with a tango feel, there options to suit many tastes. I'm sure we'll hear many of them on the TOTM forum.
I first heard it at a jam when it was played with a distinctly Klezmer feel, and I still suspect that while it is Finnish in origin, there are some Eastern European influences lurking in there somewhere.
Here's a good source for notation. As always, remember that this represents just one way of playing this tune. Listen to some of the versions on YouTube and figure out what style works best for you.
Over on The Session, there's an extensive discussion about the tune, with no clear consensus about its origins, and additional ABC versions.
It's a great tune and I look forward to lots of different interpretations.
Remember, the Tune of the Month forum only works when people participate. Don't be shy, don't be afraid to record yourself no matter what your level of playing.
Edited by Jim Besser, 31 May 2014 - 10:08 PM.