Anatomy of Bus Station Music

Some bus station music is in the form of ballads, but most bus station music is dance music, and meant to be danced to in places like the Riemuliiteri [**forge dance hall link], or any of the numerous tanssilavat that spring up wherever Finns spend their summer vacations. As such, most bus station music is in the meter of the more popular dances: waltz (valssi), humppa (a polka-like dance), jenkka, tango (yes, Finns love to Tango!) or foxtrot (foxxi, the predominant dance for these days). [**Link to some snippits of mp3's illustrating each beat.] Any of the dance forms can be used to treat any of the major themes that bus station music usually deals with. These are the common themes