For me, one of the fun things about the TOTM is that I am frequently surprised by the results of the monthly poll. And was I ever surprised by the March poll, with the pseudo-West Indian tune Jamaica Farewell a clear winner.
Written by Irving Burgie in 1926, it was popularized by Harry Belafonte in the 1960s in the middle of that era's great folk scare, and has been covered by artists ranging from Jimmy Buffett to The Police.
You can see and listen to the original Belafonte version here.
Here's an interesting, if brief, Wiki entry about the song.
Here's a lovely sung version.
And here's one I don't dare describe, except that you have to give them a lot of credit for creativity.
Want some notation for this simple melody? Here ya go (scroll down beneath the tab)
I mentioned in the poll that I know the tune because around here, some Morris musicians sometimes switch to the tune in the middle of the massed dance Highland Mary. As Jim Lucas noted, the resulting chaos is referred to as Island Mary. Here's some ABC notation acknowledging that bit of musical mischief, and here's a sample of this silliness. I'm somewhere in the middle of that wall of sound.
Got it? As always, remember that there is no 'right' way to play this tune. Find some way to make it your own.
Edited by Jim Besser, 01 March 2015 - 07:36 AM.