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Wed 1st Dec10:00 am36 Willesley Gdns

Wednesday 3rd November 2021

We met at the home of our new members, Sid and Ann, this month. Ann wasn’t able to join us but Sallie and Brenda both returned. So with Neil, Nev and Mike there were 6 of us. We managed to play 20 tracks this session, which must be a record. (pun intended).

Sallie started us of with Chopin and “Fantasie Impromptu in C#”, a brilliant piece of virtuoso piano playing. Brenda followed with the immaculate Carpenters and “We've only just begun”. Mike then played “Chan Chan” from the Bueno Vista Social Club, a group of elderly Cuban players.

Nev, continuing his theme from last month, gave us two versions of the same song, “Ain’t misbehavin’” firstly by its composer Fats Waller and then a very different version by gravelly voiced Londoner Tommy Bruce who had a big hit with it in 1960.

Neil then played us a song by Elton John called “Roy Rogers” and although it was from the Yellow Brick Road album, none of us had heard it before. Very good too.

Sid’s contribution was two tracks, “Pharoah’s Story” and “Poor, Poor Pharaoh” from “Joseph & His Technicolour Dreamcoat” starring Paul Jones as Joseph and Gordon Waller as Pharoah.

Going round again, Sallie gave us Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme from Paganini - var 18”. A beautiful piece used as a film theme but we can't remember which one!

Brenda had an Annie Lennox CD without track listings so we took pot luck and got the lovely “Money Can't Buy It” performed live.

Mike followed up Sid’s Paul Jones theme with the Blues Band and “Let the good times roll”. It seems the Blues Band are disbanding next year after 42 years on the road.

Nev introduced us to someone he heard play live and the rest of us had never heard of, Arthur Doherty, who sang a very poignant song about WWI “Green fields of France”. Very moving and apt for this month.

This was followed by Neil’s choice, Jackson Browne and “Sky blue and black”. Browne is a very underrated singer/songwriter. Sallie then gave us Frances Ruffelle singing “On my own” from Les Miserables followed by Schubert’s “Marche Militaire”, a four-handed piece on the piano.

Brenda’s next choice was a very early Frank Sinatra rendering of “Stardust”. So different to Hoagy Carmichael.

Mike’s last piece was Dolly Parton’s “Travellin’ Prayer” from her bluegrass album although this track was actually written by Billy Joel. Nev played the ever popular “Girl from Ipanema” by Astrid Gilberto & Stan Getz and Neil offered the wonderful, anarchic Ian Dury singing “I want to be straight”.

Sid closed the session with, appropriately, The Animals and “We've got to get out of this place”

Another great session where we all learned something new.