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Most songs grow on you.
Our fondness increases for them the more we listen. It may grow even more if they attach themselves by circumstance to beloved memories.
The same is often true of people. If we consider our closest friends, our fondness for them likely grew over time as well.
Love at first sight is a rare thing. But once in a great while, it happens.
Such was the case the first time I heard the tune “Shuffle About,” off Sheesham and Lotus’s album “Five Miles from Town” (which contains many other gems). And I’m sure that instant liking was in no small part to their exceptional rendering of it.
Still, it’s a relatively rare phenomenon.
You may have had a similar experience in a jam – you hear a dozen or so tunes you’ve never heard before, but one in particular makes you stop and say “what was the name of that again?”
“Shuffle About” is a tune with loads of personality, infused with an infectious, joyful spirit that I’m sure is part of its instant appeal.
It’s also a rare fiddle tune where the name doesn’t seem to be arbitrarily chosen – as if the mission of its composer was to produce a bounce in the listener’s step, to drive him or her to “shuffle about” (unfortunately, I can find scant information regarding its origins).
So happy shuffling!
aDADE tuning, Brainjo level 3-4
Notes on the Tab
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