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Weedon’s Wanderings: 3rd December 2018

Winter in the Forest

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN

On the strike of midnight on the 30th November the Christmas music starts on the radio, and Classic FM in particular will now be thrumming with carols until the 7th January 2019. It starts in the shops a deal earlier, of course. It’s like spotting the first cuckoo of spring, isn’t it, only easier. A friend saw her first Christmas display in a supermarket this September. I can well believe it: I played at a music festival in Devon one particularly sweltering September and was greeted on arrival by a sweating Santa. The whole place was thick with tinsel, balloons and baubles, the menu was - Yule have guessed - and the three days I stayed were dubbed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve.

I suppose this is all very jolly for complete Christmas fanatics, even if it bears little resemblance to the event it was originally meant to commemorate. But if you prefer to hear seasonal music of a different sort, then I’ve picked out a few lesser known pieces for your delectation.  So settle back in your seat by a crackling log fire, cocoa in hand, and click on each of these for some December music...

First of all, a very lovely number from the 1997 Disney movie “Anastasia” called Once Upon a December. A little waif has been brought in to impersonate the missing princess Anastasia - but what the evil-doers don’t realise is that she is Anastasia!

Now for a bit of snowy music. Debussy hit the winter jackpot twice, once with this slightly ominous ‘Footprints in the Snow’ and also with Snowflakes are Dancing. Originally a piano solo, it’s been given an exciting twist by the late great Japanese synthesiser virtuoso, Tomita

George Winston is a name which is new to me. Maybe (as he’s a multi-million selling pianist) I’ve led a sheltered life, here in the Forest? I’m rather taken with his album. ‘December’, complete with its snowy forest scenes, which you can hear/see in its entirety hereVery relaxing!

Are you now thinking “It’s all just too relaxing”? If so, here’s a couple of tracks to liven things up and get you on your dancing feet.  The first is that well-known song by Earth Wind and Fire, entitled of course ‘December’. Then last, and most recent, a number by Taylor Swift called ‘Back to December’.  And with that I’d better get back to work...

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Weedon’s Wanderings: 6th November 2018

Sheet music

ANNOUNCING OUR RANGE OF SHEET MUSIC AND MP3s!

We’re delighted to say that we are now using Score Exchange as our on-line distributor of sheet music. So far, we have uploaded pieces which featured in the book Grade Fun - my compositions commissioned by London College of Music - and a selection of pieces composed for The Yamaha Club magazine. You can see them here. At the top of each preview score you will see an Audio button.  If you click on this you can listen to the mp3 of the piece. 

This is just the tip of a large iceberg. I have a huge catalogue of arrangements of favourite classics and folk tunes, as well as more original works, which I shall gradually add. 

In time, the catalogue will feature music for

  • pipe organ
  • piano
  • recorder
  • solo voice
  • choir
  • guitar
  • accordian

I hope you enjoy this new resource.  I get such pleasure from seeing players from all over the world performing my pieces on YouTube.  Here are just a few of them:

When you get jazz

Recuerdos de Tamariu

Do you remember me?

Gower Rhapsody

 

 

 

 

 

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Weedon’s Wanderings: 5th November 2018

Bindweed

WHICH WAY TO TURN?

When I’m not otherwise occupied, I’m busy digging out our flower borders and extricating the plants from a choking mesh of bindweed. It throttled our floral display this summer, so I decided desperate action was necessary. I’ve filled several garden bins with the thick white ropey roots so far. All the displaced plants will have to over-winter in pots until I’m sure I’ve got all the little blighters out. So you can imagine I have no kind feelings towards convolvulus major or minor. Or at least, not until Tony suggested I listen to a particular Flanders and Swann song...

I was weaned on that fabulous comic duo, interspersed with The Goon Show.  Yet strangely enough, although their lyrics had me laughing hysterically they could also reduce me to childish tears with their pathos. I always shed a tear when I hear ‘The Slow Train’, remembering my ride on the last run of The Marlow Donkey. And now Tony has introduced me to another tear-jerker with a smile. ‘The Misalliance’ sums up so much that is wrong with the world today, whilst tickling one’s funny bone. And I feel comic song can often be the best and most powerful way of putting across big truths that one might otherwise ignore. What do you think?

Right, back to the garden...

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