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The Music Appreciation Group

Leader is David Oakley phone 01530 563409

Wednesday 1st November.

A meeting of ten members settled down for two hours of our usual varied music selection, which this month was kindly hosted by Neil Roberts. We welcomed Baj and Peter, two new members, and had an apology for absence from Dorothy.

Paul kicked us off with 'He ain't heavy, he's my brother', not from the expected Hollies but from Neil Diamond.

Nev followed up with two tracks from his usual carefully considered song selection, this time with November 11th in mind. His first was Peter, Paul and Mary's 'The Cruel War' followed by 'The Green Fields of France' performed by Arthur Docherty.

Mike was pleased to find that this month no one else had chosen the same tracks as him. His first choice was also war-related being about the Vietnam War - Marvin Gaye singing 'What's Going On', followed by Stevie Wonder and 'Village Ghetto Land' from his album 'Songs in the Key of Life'. A song with a lush score but lyrics that describe desolation and hardship.

Our new member Baj had chosen to play and display her choice via Youtube on her Laptop. We watched and listened to 2Cellos, a Croatian cello duo, play 'Benedictus' composed by Karl Jenkins. Peter had selected Nessun Dorma sung by the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, described as the greatest living tenor.

Ann brought us back to an easy listening frame of mind with Bert Kaempfert's 'Spanish Eyes', hoping it might remind us of warmer climes, she followed this up with 'Speak Softly Love' by Andy Williams.

Sallie had chosen two piano pieces by Tchaikovsky, 'October' and 'November'. They were from 'The Seasons' twelve short piano pieces. They were commissioned by the St Petersburg music magazine Nouvellist with readers promised a new piece published each month of 1876.

David had selected two tracks from an Anthony Newley compilation album. The first was 'Something in your smile' written for the 1967 film 'Dr Dolittle', whilst the second was the better known song 'Who can I turn to?'

Trish had brought along a Three Tenors recording and had chosen Pavarotti singing 'Porquoi Me Reveiller' by Massenet, and secondly John Denver, a favourite singer of hers, singing 'Sunshine on my Shoulders'.

Neil had thought long and hard about his choice and had selected Don Williams 'Gypsy Woman', a song he wasn't originally much fond of but later grew to enjoy. His second track was 'Papa was a Rolling Stone' by the Temptations, and finally a song none of us knew; Art Garfunkel's 'Do spacemen pass dead souls on the way to the Moon?'

With the short time left to us Paul played his choice of Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street' and as Mike reminded us, no-one remembers who played that memorable opening Sax melody.(Google tells us that it was Raphael Ravenscroft).

To finish, Nev keeping to his war theme, played Billy Joel's 'Goodnight Saigon'.

Once again thanks to Neil for his hospitality and the last meeting of the year is on Wednesday December 6th with Ann Thompson at 43 Cambrian Way, and as usual at this time of year we will try for a seasonal flavour.

An early reminder that we do not usually have a meeting in January.