Morning Musically-Minded, Medically-Minded, Masticators!
(Today’s post is sponsored by the letter “M”)
Over the past 600+ episodes, The Simpsons has taken us on an amazing journey involving music, science, and food to name a few concepts.
And what better way to start your week, than by discussing some of these concepts Monday morning?
So let’s get started this week by talking about a classic ballroom dance, the waltz.
In the sixty seventh episode of The Simpsons, New Kid on the Block (Season 04, Episode 08), the Simpsons get new neighbours, the Powers. The Powers include mother Ruth and daughter Laura. When she scares Bart on their first meeting, Bart falls (both literally and figuratively).
He develops feelings for Laura and starts spending time with her. He ask Marge to have Laura babysit when Homer and Marge head to an all you can eat seafood restaurant. Bart even goes so far as to bathe for his babysitter.
When Laura comes over, she orders koftas and labda from the local Afghani restaurant. Then she teaches Maggie to dance the waltz. After which she proceeds to teach Bart how to waltz. Bart imagines him and Laura waltzing in a romantic ballroom all decked out in their formalwear.
Unfortunately for Bart, Laura gets a boyfriend who happens to be none other than Jimbo Jones. Bart is heartbroken.
But Bart gets his revenge when he crank calls Moe again, but this time tells Moe that the crank caller is Jimbo Jones and where to find Jimbo. Seeing Jimbo crying and grovelling to Moe, Laura ends up breaking up with him. She tells Bart she’d date him if he were older and could grow a moustache.
But have you ever wondered what the waltz is?
The waltz is a ballroom dance that dates back to the 16th century. The term waltz is derived from the German word ‘walzen’, which means ‘to revolve’.
It is a partners dance performed in closed position; a technique that employ either body contact or body support between partners facing each other. It is also performed in triple time; a musical metre characterized by a primary division of 3 beats to the bar. The 3 affiliated movements are typically step, slide, step.
Shocking many with it’s close contact between partners when it was first introduced, the waltz became fashionable in Vienna, Austria around the 1780’s. From there, it spread to many other countries in the years to follow. In July 1816, it made to the London high society, when His Royal Regent performed the waltz. This led to a scathing column in The Times of London:
In contemporary ballroom dance, the fast versions of the waltz are called Viennese Waltz, as opposed to the slow waltz. The slow waltz is sometimes referred to as the Boston waltz.
Composers of famous waltzes include Frédéric Chopin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss, and Johann Strauss the Younger (who was known as ‘the Waltz King’).
Now that we’ve learned more about the waltz, be sure to come back next week when we continue our Monday morning musings with the next episode of The Simpsons.
Did you remember the episode? What’s your favourite Bart falls in love episode of The Simpsons? What about your favourite Simpsons neighbour? What’s your favourite dancing moment of The Simpsons? Were you familiar with the waltz? Have you ever waltzed? Sound off in the comments below. You know we love hearing from you.
Even these folks had dance in private in 1985 lol.
Was looking for a Simpsons reference to dirty dancing, There’s a couple but found this gem instead, I haven’t seen in years.
George bush sr is also one of my favorite neighbors the Simpsons have had. It was a fun episode seeing homer and George bush sr fight.
I have never waltz before.
Thanks safi for the post it was interesting to read especially the newspaper piece.
A Monday fueled by ☕ to ye,
Ahhhh once again it’s the GIFT of Season 4 (“New Kid on the Block” Episode 8!) and Tappers were gifted with Laura Powers, Ruth Powers, Powers House in Game App! 😀👍🏻
“Bart’s Girlfriend” (Episode 7, Season 6) Bart Simpson gets into trouble with Jessica Lovejoy (Reverend Lovejoy’s daughter isn’t the goody goody we thought she was!) 😀
Neighboureenos (besides Ned Flanders) include Sideshow Bob (didn’t he purchase a House under the guise of Walt Warren?), George Bush Sr across the street (Bart Simpson got a spanking!), as well as Gerald Ford (across the street), Terrance the Portland 🍩 Chef (wouldn’t mind having this Character in Game App!) – wait wasn’t there supposed to be a Stamp Museum on their Street but after complaints the Cemetery 🪦 was moved there instead? (chime in if anyone else remembers!) 🤔
Dancing moment from The Simpsons? (I’ll have to get back to you with that!) 🤔
Grandparents (my Mum’s parents) met Ballroom Dancing during the 1st World War ….. I did not continue the tradition (I took up ‘slam dancing’ – lol!)
I think Tappers should read what Safi posted and share their favourites (you may just find yourself rewatching Episodes in order to remember things correctly, or confirm what you saw in an Episode was true!) 😉