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Waltzes Before Breakfast       —       recorded live at BACDS American Week 2011       —

A great gift for your dancer and musician friends!

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Recorded by Marty Brenneis
Produced by Eric Black

Musician and composer George Paul has established a wonderful tradition at the BACDS American Week Dance & Music Camp. For the past few years George, along with various camper musicians, has enchanted early risers by playing waltz tunes, mostly his own compositions, for the dancing and listening enjoyment of those waiting for breakfast to be served. Traditional old-time music has Whiskey Before Breakfast; we have Waltzes Before Breakfast.

In 2011, American Week moved to a new location in La Honda, where the dining hall is also our main dance floor. This meant that George, joined by staff and camper musicians, could continue to play right through breakfast, much to our pleasure and delight!

On the last two mornings of camp in July 2011, Marty Brenneis recorded the early morning waltz music. No special setup, no studio silence, no meticulous rehearsals, no retakes. This recording captures the magic of the moment, complete with the sounds and ambience of the camp dining hall before and during breakfast. Join us as we float spell-bound, enraptured by the beautiful waltz tunes composed by George and Laura, and played with haunting beauty by musicians who dance with their fingers as well as their feet.

BONUS! the sheet music score for all tunes is included on the CD as PDF files. Pop the CD into your computer, and print the PDF files to have sheet music for all these beautiful waltzes.

This CD has three purposes: to capture and disseminate several new waltz tunes never recorded before; to provide AmWeek campers with a memory they can share with family and friends; and to help raise money for the camper scholarship fund. Thank you for purchasing this CD!

And by all means, please join us at camp! BACDS conducts three week-long dance camps each summer, three weekend camps and regular evening dances throughout the year. Information about all BACDS camps and events is available online at

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