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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. 

 

Weedon’s Wanderings: 25th May 2020

Title page of Nuts and Bolts

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. 
 

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 tunes will be made available as sheet music for you to download free. If you're interested, just drop me a line and I can let you know what will be on offer and when it will be available.

For now, sit back, relax and enjoy the trip!

 

Weedon’s Wanderings: 9th May 2020

Illustration of chromatic keyboard

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.