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Weedon’s Wanderings: 2nd June 2020

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ANOTHER MONTH, ANOTHER UPLOAD!

If you go to YouTube today, you’ll find Part 2 of A Conducted Tour of England. Starting off at a jolly trot, it then takes you to some cool cloisters and finishes off with a good dollop of nostalgia from ‘the wireless’. This last one in particular takes me back to the days when you had to switch on early, so the radio had time to warm up. All sorts of weird noises would filter in - especially the call sign from Hilversum, and on Sundays the distant sound of hymns in foreign tongues. We always had our baths by the fireside listening to one exciting adventure serial or another! Anyway, click here to listen. I hope you enjoy it and it conjures up some pleasant memories for you too!

 

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.”

I enjoyed that story. The idea of playing pieces backwards is something we could all try. Wouldn’t it be funny if we found our favourite pieces were actually another tune back to front?

 

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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 would like to sing or play any of them, that will be wonderful. 

 

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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 in good stead to this day.

In the late 1980s, I had the incredible joy of meeting Anthony Hopkins, when I booked him to give a hilarious talk at a local music venue. The pleasure just went on, as we put him up at our house and next day I joined him as his caddy on the golf course. Sadly, he’s no longer with us, but my ‘Nuts and Bolts’ is something of a tribute to him.

Click here to watch the programme. I hope you will enjoy it, whether you’ve never played a note in your life or you’re a seasoned player. And I will really welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions. I’ll let you know as future programmes come out, or you can click on Subscribe on the YouTube page and receive notifications automatically. 
 

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