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The Music Appreciation Group

Leader:  David Oakley - musicapp@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 563409

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Wed 4th Jul10:00 am43 Cambrian Way
Wed 1st Aug10:00 am

Wednesday 6th June

Despite David & Ann and Neil & Lesley being unable to attend, nine of us gathered at Lesley's house for our June session.

After some hectic shuffling of chairs, chatting and providing of refreshments, Dorothy settled us down with a very relaxing Mozart woodwind piece; the Adagio from his Serenade in B flat "Gran Partita" which featured in the film Amadeus. She followed this with the somewhat different but equally relaxing and thoughtful "If ever I lose my faith in you" by Sting.

Mike then reminded us that today was the 74th anniversary of D-Day and so played the only suitable music he could find which was the theme to "The Longest Day" by Maurice Jarre. He followed this with son Jean-Michel Jarre's "Oxygene Pt4".

Nev continued a slightly WW2 theme with two tunes from that era which were particular favourites of his father; Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade" and Artie Shaw's "Moonglow". To show how serendipitous our choices can be, Sally had heard Tommy Steele being interviewed about the Glen Miller Show, in which he stars, on Radio 4 this morning so she brought along Tommy "Singing the Blues" and followed it with Steele's inspiration, Buddy Holly singing "That'll be the Day".

Jill & Malcolm had both brought music burnt to CD but Malcolm's disc appeared not to work so we played Jill's interesting choices of Neil Young's "Helpless", Bryan Ferry's "Where or When" and Enya singing "Orinoco Flow" This seemed to sort out the technical problems with Malcolm's disc and so we were treated to two pieces by Dory Previn (one-time wife of André), one of the vanguard of female folk-based singers of the 60s and 70s who the rest of us had never heard of but who has a very distinctive, clear voice and who writes some very witty, clever lyrics. The pieces were "Mythical Kings and Iguanas" and "Hollywood Sign". One to investigate.

Paul gave us Andy Williams' "I Won't Last a Day Without You" followed by the Military Wives now iconic, and haunting, "Wherever You Are". Trisha's choice was The Pro-Arte Guitar Trio playing "Galante" from "6 Spanish Dances" by Granados and then James Galway playing "The Wind Beneath My Wings" made famous by Bette Midler.

After a fairly quiet and relaxing morning's listening, Lesley woke us up firstly with two compositions by the Britain's Got Talent winner Tokio Myers, firstly "Bloodstream" and then "Red" both featuring his amazing range of styles of piano and keyboard playing. We finished off with the rousing "Radio Gaga" by Queen.

Our usual mixed selection of tracks was again interesting, enlightening and, best of all, good listening.

The next meeting on July 4th will be back at Ann's house.