Welcome back to your bi-weekly exploration of popular music in triple metre.

"Sweet Baby James" is an irresistible karaoke choice.  Its simple melodic line makes any voice sound good, and any good voice sound great.


James Taylor wrote this as a lullaby for his baby nephew, James (named for him).  To this day, he considers it his best song - which is at least bittersweet, 48 years later.

I am not usually a fan of popular waltzes in live performance because the tempo can get wishy-washy and negate the benefits of 3/4.  But although that happens a bit here, the heart in the performance makes up for it.


This article was updated on May 9, 2023

David F