Wanna learn a pretty waltz I wrote?

As some of you may know, I do the booking for a wonderful little music venue here in Bellingham called the Honey Moon. In June, the Honey Moon celebrated their 10th birthday. Ten years of supporting local artists, as well as handcrafting meads, ciders and wines–it’s no small feat! So of course we had a birthday party to celebrate, featuring scads of local musicians that have been a big part of the Honey Moon’s community over the years.

For the occasion, I wrote a fiddle tune. “Of course!,” you might say, but actually I can’t remember the last time I wrote a fiddle tune. I’ve focused my composing energy on indie/folk singer/songwriter stuff since I was in high school. But after a conversation with the Honey Moon’s owners about how difficult it is to find words to describe flavor–without sounding like one of those pretentious wine people (hey, we’re all pretentious sometimes)–I thought a wordless tune would be the perfect way to commemorate what the Honey Moon does with its mead.

Thus, the Blueberry Mead Waltz was born. Here’s my attempt to capture what Honey Moon’s blueberry mead tastes like to me. I’m proud of how it turned out. Maybe you’ll enjoy playing it, too! You can listen, and download sheet music, below.

Blueberry Mead Waltz: the version I played (PDF)

Full of challenging double stops, because I rarely let myself take it easy.

Blueberry Mead Waltz: a more intermediate version (PDF)

No double stops, but still some tricks with the key (Bb), accidentals, and bowing.

Bonus: Cider Polka (PDF)

I didn’t write this. (Andy de Jarlis did). I did play it for the Honey Moon party, though, because of course! They make delicious cider too.


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2 thoughts on “Wanna learn a pretty waltz I wrote?

  1. I want to see your fingers when you play blueberry mead waltz! It’s terrific but I’m not sure when to slide my fingers to
    higher positions. I’m a 4th year fiddler and it’s really helping me with double stops…

    1. Hi Brian! So glad (and honored) that you’re enjoying the tune and that it’s helpful to you! I will add recording a video of this to my to-do list; that’s a great idea. Keep in touch!

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