I'm feeling much better today, perked up by your kind wishes and swift responses to yesterday's blog. I'm now turning my attention to the opinions you expressed after my item 'Choose Your Fantasy Programme'. Terry, whose email prompted that item, wrote in to say "Well done! I'd like to think a few artists will take note. I like your suggested music - Stylistics, Barry White, Bee Gees etc. Hopefully you will publish the reactions." Your wish is my command, Terry.
Syd said "I'm one of the silver haired concert goers that Terry mentioned. I can remember quite well being in the barrack room in the early 50s listening to Radio Luxembourg on a tinny radio. So my enjoyment of music spans the 50s to the 80s, 1960 to the end of 1980 being my favourite time. Discos in the 70s as a 40 year old teenager - now that was something else! I am not a great fan of modern music. Yes, let's have some light classics included in our concert programme. There are some of us that enjoy this music. Me included."
Chris mailed "What an interesting idea! I was born in 1950 and have a lot of favourite pieces. Sadly, We'll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover are not in them. Some of my favourites are Palladio, Whiter Shade of Pale, Nights in White Satin, Cry Me a River, Music of the Night, This Old House, Summertime, Rule the World, Careless Whisper, Tiger Feet - loads more, but you only asked for 10..."
Norman's choice? "I find it difficult to send my Top Ten as I enjoy listening to the arrangements, styles and registrations of the various artists. I particularly enjoy hearing such arrangements as The March of the Bowmen, Knightsbridge March, The Horse Guards, Whitehall and Ivor Novello songs, The Way You Look Tonight, These Foolish Things, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes etc. It would seem I've answered your question re the decade!" Norman followed up with another point: "My main concern is the use of new compositions. Since I retired, some 25 years ago, I have enjoyed writing as much as playing. I wrote to various publishers without success. This led me to complete the ALCM in order to see if my writing was acceptable. When I have played some of my compositions in public I have received requests. There must be many people like myself, writing music yet unable to find a way of offering these compositions to the general public. Which begs the question, do we only like to listen to the music we know, or are we prepared to listen to new compositions?"
That's a very good question, Norman, and one I shall throw open to our readership. What do you think, folks? And how many would like me to write about getting your music published? I do have an idea up my sleeve...