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Weedon’s Wanderings: 19th June 2020

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PART 3 OF CONDUCTED TOUR OF ENGLAND

I’m pleased to say that the 3rd part of this video is now up on YouTube. You can watch it by clicking here. It includes Music While You Work, some Noel Coward, by a poignant coincidence some Vera Lynn, some tunes about London played on ‘the ol’ joanna’ and a selection from one of my favourite musicals, Camelot. I’ve had fun choosing the pictures to go with that lot!

So, just one more part to come now. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready. You can be sure to find out about any new videos, of course, if you click ‘Subscribe’ below any of my Music For Good postings on YouTube.

Weedon’s Wanderings: 13th June 2020

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NUTS AND BOLTS PART 2

The second part of my series on understanding music is now ready for viewing on YouTube. You can click here to see it. Today, I look in more detail at harmony. In building terms, it’s the foundations of any piece of music. Even if you’re listening to just a solo unaccompanied singer, the tune has grown from the harmony which could accompany it. 

I learned about harmony as a tot, simply by experimenting on our newly-acquired piano. I had no knowledge of music whatsoever, but if we just let our ears guide us we instinctively feel what is right! Such is the magic of music...

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?

 

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.