The Music Appreciation Group
Leader:  David Oakley - firstname.lastname@example.org - phone 01530 563409
|Wed 7th Nov||7 pm||Soirée at 43 Cambrian Way|
Wednesday 3rd October
With a gathering of nine members at Trish and Paul's we were almost a full house. We welcomed new member Brenda and had an apology from Dorothy.
Sally set us away with a tinkling of the ivories. First was a piano arrangement of Percy Grainger's 'English Country Garden' followed by Erik Satie's 'Gymnopedie No 1'. At some time earlier Satie had described himself as a 'Gymnopaedist'.
Mike followed these with two tracks by Emmylou Harris, a singer and songwriter in the country/folk style. The first song was 'Boulder to Birmingham', in memory of her mentor Gram Parsons. Emmylou is from Birmingham, Alabama. The second track was O'Evangeline'.
Neil was next with Elvis singing 'Blue Moon', followed by the Beatles 'I am the Walrus', a song he described as having lyrics that really don't make any sense but are said to be based on Lewis Carroll. We were unfortunately reminded that it is now more than 50 years since 'The Magical Mystery Tour' album.
Lesley's choice was related to Quincy Jones, having recently seen a film about his life she realised what a musical genius he is, having been named one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century. Her first choice was his recording of 'The Chase' followed by Michael Jacksons 'I can't stop loving you' from his 'Bad' album, which Quincy Jones produced.
To mark the passing of Charles Aznavour Nev chose Jeff Lynne's version of 'She' and then to remember Chas Hodges, of Chas and Dave, 'Ain't no pleasing you'. After so many recent losses, let's hope we don't have to play as many future selections 'In memoriam'.
Trish chose the Jacques Loussier Trio and 'Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor' then, with the harp being a favourite instrument of hers, a piece called 'The Rose Garden'.
Ann has long been a Gilbert and Sullivan fan, although it is rarely heard these days. She had picked the overture from 'Cox and Box', an early piece by the partnership. Her second choice was 'The Washington Post' played by the band of the Royal Marines.
David had decided on opera and played two pieces from Puccini's 'La Boheme' with Luciano Pavarotti and Elizabeth Harwood.
Paul followed this with 'Rainy days and Mondays' by the Carpenters and Neil Diamond's 'He ain't heavy'
And as a final reminder of Chas Hodges, we had 'Rocking Gloworm' by Chas and Dave.
November 7th is our candlelight supper meeting, 7pm at 43 Cambrian Way.