The Music Appreciation Group
Leader:  Mike Stow - firstname.lastname@example.org - 01530 469152
|Wed 1st Jun||10:00 am||At Sid's, 23 Grange Close, LE65 2PQ|
Wednesday 6th April 2022
This month we were back down to 4 to meet at Sallie's house as commitments kept others away. This gave the 4 of us time to play plenty of tunes!
Brenda kicked off with Dusty and "Son of a Preacher Man" from her excellent Dusty in Memphis album, then Nev gave us The Platters and "Only You". Mike offered Cat Stevens and "The First Cut is the Deepest", a song usually associated with PP Arnold but which was actually written by Cat in his early days. As a poor musician he sold the rights to it for £30! Sallie woke us all up with a high speed version of "Flight of the Bumble Bee" which lasted barely 90 seconds. Phew.
For our second round Brenda started with Ray Charles and "Georgia on my Mind", Nev played Hugh Laurie singing "Changes" which is based on the tune of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". Mike had just bought a Best of The Kinks album and chose "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" for us to all sing along to. Sallie gave us something different. As the Queen's Jubilee is approaching, she chose "Elizabethan Serenade" played by the R.P.O and written by Ronald Binge. A tune you'll all know, if not its name.
Next, Brenda brought us "What the World Needs Now" by the much underrated Jackie de Shannon. Nev gave us The Beatles and "I Saw Her Standing There" famous for the first appearance of Paul's "Wooo"! Mike followed that with Chuck Berry and "Route 66". Sallie gave us a lovely version of "Plink, Plank, Plunk" composed by Leroy Anderson which gave us a good laugh.
For our last round, Brenda started of with "Yesterday" played by the jazz group Modern Gustin Trio. It's amazing how many ways that tune can be interpreted. Nev also brought some Chuck Berry and chose "Memphis, Tennessee". Mike returned to the Kinks to give us "Lola" one of their humorous looks at life. We finished of with Sallie's choice of Tom Jones and "Green, Green Grass of Home"
Another excellent session with something for everyone.