The October TOTM should be fun!
Redwing, by Tin Pan Alley composer Kerry Mills (who also wrote Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis honoring the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair), is an incredibly versatile tune. I learned it years ago as a contra and square dance tune, but it started life as the kind of novelty song that was popular in the late 1800s/early 1900s, with lyrics by Thurland Chattaway.
As I said in the poll, it has been incorporated into popular, Western swing, bluegrass, polka and country music, among other genres. As Daria noted in the poll thread, the tune seems based on The Merry Peasant, by Robert Schumann
You'll find a clean, easy to follow version to guide you here.
Want something a little more high energy? Try this rousing Chemnitzer-laden polka band.
A Bluegrassy version here with some mighty nice flatpicked guitar, key and speed changes and maybe just a little too much cuteness..
By guitar legend Chet Atkins.
A ragtime piano version from the Lawrence Welk show.
Here is what the song sounded like originally, complete with lyrics, a now-rarely-heard bridge section and, for good measure, a chorus of tweeting birds.
Here are some dots for you to chew on.
ABCs from The Session here.
A real simple, chunky version.
You can buy the notation with the lyrics here.
There are many ways to play this tune; hope we get to hear a lot of them!
Edited by Jim Besser, 01 October 2015 - 07:28 AM.