Songs with the same feel as Natural Woman and If I Ain't Got You?
January 14, 2017 5:57 PM   Subscribe

Natural Woman and If I Ain't Got You have a specific rhythmic feel that I really like and am having trouble finding more examples of.

I guess I would call it a half-time shuffle-waltz? Similar but less busy than the Purdie Shuffle as demonstrated by the man himself (but *un*like most Purdie Shuffles found in the wild, which have a distinct 4 feel).

So, does anybody know any more of these, or if the feel has an official name?
posted by STFUDonnie to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
"Fallen" by Alicia Keys and "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal are two that come to mind with that 3/4 feel.
posted by defreckled at 6:32 PM on January 14, 2017 [1 favorite]

In my years of playing in top 40 bands, musicians in fact call this a "shuffle waltz."Or a "one beat waltz" in country music. So your intuition is accurate.
posted by spitbull at 6:34 PM on January 14, 2017 [1 favorite]

What about Jason Mraz's "I won't give up" and Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris?"
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:39 PM on January 14, 2017 [1 favorite]

The majority of modern country waltzes have this groove. An example is George Strait's "Let's Fall to Pieces (Together)." Another nice and more alternative example is Charlie Robison and Natalie Maines' "The Wedding Song." Alas waltzes are getting rarer and rarer on the country charts.
posted by spitbull at 6:42 PM on January 14, 2017

The end of a swing dance in some scenes is sometimes marked by a last waltz. Find out your local east or west coast style swing/lindy hop scene and ask if their DJs play any waltzes and have suggestions- I feel like I've danced to hundreds of (relatively) modern slow-to-mid tempo waltzes late at night at the close of many a dance.
posted by Queen of Spreadable Fats at 8:12 PM on January 14, 2017

Apologies if these are too obscure, but two examples that came to my mind are:

Pop Tune #1 by the Chris Potter Underground

As Surely as I Stand Here by Tower of Power
posted by crLLC at 5:53 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

Thank everybody! I found a beautiful specimen from Pete Drake, inventor of the talk box.
posted by STFUDonnie at 12:40 PM on January 15, 2017

See also Brenda Holloway - Every Little Bit Hurts, The Waterboys - Has Anybody Here Seen Hank, That's How Strong My Love Is - Georgie Fame and Alan Price. I also love songs with this rhythm and even wrote one myself.
posted by merocet at 4:01 PM on January 15, 2017 [2 favorites]

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