My thoughts and dreams come to you as listener, via how I express them musically. How each and every note and nuance of them is written as music takes endless hours of time and patience. That is not a chore, but the delight of being able to express oneself in a very personal way through this world's most emotive medium....that of Music!
I would ideally like my compositions to be played by a live band or orchestra. That, is a very expensive proposition and I am no Andre Rieu.
So here once again in my Volume Two, for your listening pleasure, I trust, is the latest collection of my compositions.
One day I hope to be able to re-release all of my works as tracks which are live-played by band or orchestra.
Until that dream becomes a reality, I shall continue to compose and present my works as I presently do.
Maybe Andre will some day read this and take up some of my music for orchestration, as he did for actor Anthony Hopkins.
Dream on Poppa !
About the tracks:-
1. Samba Del Rio - Think of Rio and you think of rhythm, colour and the liveliness of the Samba!
2. Lullaby Symfani - "To sleep, perchance to dream." so wrote William Shakespeare. With thoughts of inducing sleep with music, thence adding instrumentals to orchestrate it, the result was combination of "Lullaby and Symphony".
Poetic licence being a ready tool for the musician, but I know you'll be glad to know that I CAN spell it correctly- if I have to !
3. Wyld Dreme. We are still exploring the world of slumber, as we go for a wild ride into this progressively more rambunctious composition of mine. I hope that just as I got a real kick out of producing some of the more enervating discordant musical phrases you will enjoy the ride into and through the Dream.
4. Gypsies Crystal Ball. The Romany world is one of mystery and intrique for those outside of it. Imagine if you will, a bedecked and head-scarfed Gypsy, seated, with her somewhat, long-nailed athletic, slender hands, hovering alternately over the large crystal ball on her gold-clothed octagonal table. Strange colours in multitudinous swirls appear in the ball, along with ghostly images of the spirits she summons. She utters strange incantations and casts spells and smoke like a pea-soup fog comes down to shroud her in even greater mystery. Pray that the spells mean no evil for anyone....but only time will tell !
5. Bongo Fever. Playing Bongoes is no easy task and likely many a player has sore hands and fingers after each session of playing. Hopefully then, this piece will give them all time to take a break and sit back and listen to what a composer with a computer can create which seeks to emulate their stunning performances.
Of course, this track comes with my sincere apologies to all Bongo Players for any errors in the translation.
6. Haunting Island Dream. Ok, I have to admit I seem to do a lot of Dreaming when it comes to music. But that's exactly what Composers do.....we can't help it. "Dream" is such a musically inspirational word...... Sorry!
7. Durango's Tango. I can remember from my childhood, a cowboy in movies and comics called the Durango Kid. As I composed this, I was thinking of Dirk Bogarde in his role as a black leather-clad cowboy in the movie, "The singer, Not The Song". For some strange reason, I then thought......."Just imagine Dirk doing the Tango in that outfit."
So there you have it........I just had to come up with a Tango-sounding piece for him to dance to in my thoughts.
8. Eastern Promises. Mens' fascination remains to this day, about dancing girls from countries where the harem used to be something every man could strive to achieve as his own. Sorry guys, it is never going to happen for you!
However, no harm in thinking about it as you listen to strange and quirky instrumental sounds that might back a Fakir as he coaxes his Cobra to rise from his basket to further bemuse the audience as the girls perform their exotic dance.
9. Guitar'n fiddle Fiesta. In somewhat "country style" this little piece is my tribute to duelling Guitarists and Fiddlers everywhere, who can play as I cannot.
10. El Morocco Tea Room. This I wrote as a tribute to my comedic idol, Peter Sellers, whom I came so close to meeting in person that it isn't funny............and it isn't! It was a pity that he cancelled the dinner date he had with his then wife Britt Eklund at the south-east London home of John Trevelyan, (at that time, Secretary Of The British Board Of Film Censors), where I was cleaning the windows that day.
I lurked around in the garden undergrowth for way longer than any window cleaner in history ever did (even after dark), hoping to catch a glimpse of my idol. When I heard the Trevelyans berating about Peter not coming to dinner, I stepped boldly out from the darkness and presented myself.
Then (in true "Goon-like" spirit) and with very confident voice, I hastily uttered....
"Well, s'all finished clean as a whistle and hunky-dooley, and that'll be just five bob thanks Ma'am"!
The money was handed over. With me almost out of the front door, they suddenly realised it was 7pm, dark and cold, and that no normal window cleaner would still be at his job still at that ungodly hour.
I never did give an answer to their unisonned, "What on earth are you still doing here at this time of night?"
You see.........I was NOT your average normal Window Cleaner !
You can hear my ditty " Wicky-Wacky the Window Cleaner" by visiting my page at http://www.soundcloud.com
11. Oriental Interlude. It was time for me to take a break and have a good old cuppa tea and a biscuit. But there was to be no interlude, for I got the notion to compose another piece acknowledging that I was foregoing my tea-break! So here 'tis!
12. Pizzicato Fandango.. No No, not "PIZZA"......."PIZZI".........you know, in music, where the strings all keep going "Inky-Plinky-Plonk" ! (p.s. That's also the title of another composition of mine..........soon to be released on another album)
I have held an almost fatalistic fascination for Pizzicato music ever since I first heard the "Pizzicato Polka" by Johann Strauss, during a school visit to the cinema at the age of five, in Wellingborough (Northamptonshire) U.K........... ...Hi Wello!
Some "Pizzi" is thus likely inevitable in my compositions from time to time.
I hope you can enjoy both your Pizza and my Pizzi perhaps, as you listen!
13. Anthem OZ. "OZ" has of course come to be synonymous with Australia. However I don't think my country of adoption was what they had in mind when writing the film-script for that iconic classic movie "The wizard Of OZ" featuring Judy Garland.
No matter. Australia's competition to find a new and OZ-friendly Anthem as an alternative to "God Save The Queen" resulted in "Advance Australia Fair". The theme you hear in this track.
As my tribute to a land that gave me a second chance at life which has given me so much to be grateful for, I am pleased to present my own musical arrangement and vocal rendition of what I affectionately title, "Anthem OZ"
My grateful thanks to all my fans who have, and continue, to support my musical works in so many ways.
Take care and may life be good to you.
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