May 2020

Weedon’s Wanderings: 28th May 2020

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FROM MY MAILBOX

I’m always delighted to hear from you, and the writer of this email said I can share it with you. It follows on from my post about The Nuts and Bolts of Music, and how I’d been inspired by musician and broadcaster Anthony Hopkins:

“Your comments re Anthony Hopkins not only brought back many memories of his broadcasts but also a little anecdote which I thought might be of interest. Anthony came to the college when I was doing my teacher training. He began his talk by saying that he had just composed something in the staff room before the meeting. He was just concerned whether it was original so asked if anyone had heard the tune before. Nobody had. That was, of course, until he played it  “retrograde”  We all realised that we did in fact know it. It turned out to be the National Anthem.”

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Weedon’s Wanderings: 27th May 2020

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A MUSICAL ‘STAYCATION’

It seems we’ll all be staying home this summer, so I thought a musical ‘break’ wouldn’t go amiss. I’m uploading the repertoire from my 2008 concert tour, “A Conducted Tour of England” in 15-minute segments. That’s all our truly-rural broadband can manage! Think of it as a coach tour with lots of coffee stops. You can listen to the first chunk by clicking hereI hope you enjoy the trip. 

Weedon’s Wanderings: 24th May 2020

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NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

Those of you who know me will also know that my musical career has led me in various directions. They include performing, music journalism, teaching, examining, writing music for exam boards and tuition books - and one that I’ve never really talked about before. That is: writing music for Christian worship. I’ve been thrilled in the past to hear my liturgical anthems sung by church choirs. Recently, I’ve been writing songs in a more modern idiom for solo and congregational singing. 
 

To adapt a biblical phrase, I’ve decided not to hide this side of my work under a bushel any more. You’ll find I’m adding my worship songs to the Music for Good YouTube page. I follow each one with a short commentary on the biblical inspiration for the lyrics. In time, I’ll be putting the scores of these songs on this site for free download. If you or your congregation...

Weedon’s Wanderings: 25th May 2020

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NEW LEISURE LEARNING VIDEO ON YOU-TUBE

By the time you read this, the first part of my new series, ‘The Nuts and Bolts of Music’ will be up on YouTube. I’ve wanted for a long time to make videos for those who have an interest in music, whether or not they play an instrument. And there’s nothing like being locked indoors to concentrate the mind! This old dog has learned new tricks she never dreamt of - like filming and editing. 

When I was knee-high to a piano stool, I was spellbound by a radio series called ‘Understanding Music’ with Anthony Hopkins (no, not that one  - the other one, as he liked to explain). If you heard it too, you will probably share my enthusiasm for the straight-forward way in which he explained music, and how knowing more could really enhance one’s listening pleasure. What I learned in those programmes stood me...

Weedon's Wanderings: 15th May 2020

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WE'RE OFF - GRAB YOUR CASE!

At last, my latest project is ready for you to inspect. I had it finished several days ago, but our broadband couldn't take the strain of uploading it. I've had BT on the case as well, but in the end the only way to get it to you was to split it into two halves. Even then, it only uploaded 1 minute of video an hour!  Anyway,  you can now click here to view 'Postcard from Europe Part 1'. Overnight, I shall do my best to upload the other half so it's ready for you tomorrow.

This latest video is based on the CD of the same name which I brought out a while back, and will take you on an armchair musical tour with views and commentary of France, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, The Algarve, Holland and Italy. Some of the...

Weedon’s Wanderings: 9th May 2020

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RIGHT ON THE BUTTON

While my ‘magnum opus’ for YouTube is still under construction, I’m grateful to our regular correspondent Terry for sending me this very interesting link. I recall seeing something a little similar on the Orla organ stand at a Pakefield festival once, though that instrument only had buttons for the left hand. I’ve also seen (and been puzzled by) full button accordions. If you’re as intrigued as I am, then you’ll enjoy this explanation of how they’re designed. Daddy Long Les sounds an interesting man, and once my opus is complete I’ll take a look at his website. If you’re a player of button accordion, I’d be interested to hear from you too. It looks fiendishly tricky. 

Right, back to work in the studio as I keep my ear to the ground and my shoulder to the wheel. And that takes some doing....

Weedon’s Wanderings: 4th May 2020

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BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL!

Today’s uploaded track comes originally from my album ‘A Conducted Tour of England’ and is a delightful melody from the pen of John Rutter. He took the words of All things bright and beautiful which was so popular with youngsters when I was, well, a youngster. I often resent new tunes to well-loved old words, but not this time. But then, as far as I’m concerned, John Rutter can do no wrong! I hope you feel the same, and that you’ll enjoy the tune and colourful video when you click here

Weedon’s Wanderings: 3rd May 2020

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BUSY BUSY!

I’ve got completely into the grip of my video-editing programme. It might be argued I’m enjoying it too much, if my latest offering is anything to go by! Having received a request to upload my version of ‘Do the Hustle’ to YouTube, I set about producing a video to go with it which would reproduce the excitement of disco lighting. So, before you watch, have a pair of sunglasses handy.

Do the Hustle is Van McCoy’s one big hit, but I reckon it’s the best disco track ever produced. Whether you feel like some cheery music or you’re planning a workout, click here and see if you can keep your feet still. I know I can’t!...

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