Not all artists are created equal when it comes to creating dance-able music. For instance, one of my favorite artists of all time is John Coltrane. Do you see him well represented in the music4dance catalog? Absolutely not. Because a consistent tempo just isn’t a core part of his music. Which is part of the appeal when listening, but doesn’t work particularly well when trying to Lindy Hop.
Towards the opposite end of the spectrum, sits Pink Martini. They are a band that plays a combination of original works and updated covers of classic melodies. Many of both types of song are in a musical style that co-evolved with a partner dance. Take “Let’s Never Stop Falling In Love“, which is a classic Tango if I ever did hear one, but still has the unique Pink Martini flare. Or “Amado Mio“, which has a extremely dance-able Rumba beat. And don’t forget “Hang On Little Tomato“, a wonderful Foxtrot as long as you can dance through the lyrics without cracking up, or possibly tearing up. That little tomato has quite a challenge ahead of him! And if you are up for a challenge yourself, try to West Coast Swing to “Hey Eugene” while keeping a straight face.
Pink Martini’s catalog is both broad and deep and most of their songs are well suited to partner dances. Check them out on music4dance.net and if you like what you hear, let me know and I’ll catalog some more of their songs.