Hi Everyone! and welcome to Music for Music Lovers Vol.1, my first complete Album of my own compositions written especially with Popular style Music Lovers in mind and also for those who use Music in Therapeutically assistive, Facilitation and (Positive Human Benefit) environments. All but one of the tracks is instrumental.
I have included the very first song I wrote ("Bumpy Rocky Road") and sang, to give a personal presence in your company while you listen to the Album.
I guess it's true to say that every Music Composition has a story behind it and this is what gives rise to its character and soul. Within the title lies the key to the story behind it.
But first, may I take a moment of your time share with you the story behind the Album cover picture. I created it using as the main background, a colour-slide photo that I took in August 1963 while crossing the Pyrenees mountains on a touring holiday by myself in Europe. The little blue car in the left of the picture is my 3-wheeled Bond Minicar. One wheel at the front, and two at the back. Its body was made from Aluminium and it had a 197c.c. (No, that is not a mis-print!) Villiers two-stroke motor-cycle engine under the front bonnet. It could reach 80 miles per hour under the right conditions.The engine was mounted in a sort of metal sling directly on the steering assembly. It could turn around in a circle upon itself as the steering had a 90 degree movement both left and right. This meant that if someone parked both in front and behind me no matter if they were within 5cms of my vehicle, I could simply turn the steering to full lock and drive straight out of what would have been an impossible situation to exit for any other vehicle!
Do a Google search on Bond Minicar and you will get a "Believe it or not!" lesson in auto history that you will never forget!
I got to have one of those rare moments of pleasure when a country farmer suddenly appeared with his Oxen cart. It was as if time had stood still. There was I in my car and he with his old-fashioned yet still highly practical cart. I called out to him in French..."Un moment m'sieu s'il vous plait!" He understood my intent as I had exited my car and gone up a rise with my camera at the ready. He halted the Oxen, and with his left hand, he waved his "Oxen-control stick" to me. Captured forever for me was a magical never-to-be-had again moment. The vista was exquisite and whole experience unforgettable, somewhat like the experience I had creating this Album in all of its respects!
Aaah.. the sweet memories of youth, I was just nineteen at the time!
Here is a brief about every track on the Album:-
Happy go Lucky Day! A bouncy " get up and go for it " arrangement to give one's spirits a lift !
A Country Air. You know......when you take a relaxing walk out in the countryside and want a tune to remind you of it.
Ambo's Angina Callout.
Those who have had a heart attack and needed an ambulance might well recognise that this reminds them of the many sounds they hear during that worrying time. Listen for how that first phone call for help brings the Ambo's (Ambulance Officers) to them to commence resuscitation. The heartbeat of the Patient stops and starts over time and then, well, then the Ambo's decide to give one last final boost to the heart. Thankfully it works and the patient yelps with delight at being alive. Family and friends applaud the Ambo's.......and why wouldn't they? The Patient was ME !
Most of the sound effects I created using instrumental sounds, including the voices of the Ambo's and that of the recharging of the "Paddle Sticks" used to restart the heart.
My advice? Eat sensibly, don't smoke, be moderate with your alcoholic drinks and exercise regularly !
Bumpy Rocky Road.
More sound effects and you hear our Lonesome Cowboy saddle up and start his ride into a new future after years of living rough and doing it tough on the open range. He knows where he is going.
I guess it's just a bit of a reminder that each of us should only head for any goal once our plan is complete and our mind is completely made up about it.
Yours truly whistled and sang his way through all voices while recording this. I nearly "fractured me froat" singing the girls backing chorus. And, before you comment on the somewhat inebriated sounds of the male chorus......remember that this is supposed to be about cowboys.......and they are usually well-known visitors at the local Watering Hole(Australian for Pub).
I never touched a drop of the stuff before I did the recording take though, I promise!........I saved that 'til later when my throat was as parched as a track in the Simpson Desert!
China Syndrome Syncopatico
If you take the kind of tune that has a Chinese feel about it and then get the percussion players to try and keep up with it, you get syncopation that is empathetic to it. Well....at least it's a title that's different isn't it?
Dream In Hawaii
Ah! one could wax lyrical about that idyllic place. I know I did when I holidayed there many years ago. It was there that for the first time in my life that I tasted the heavenly pith of the finest young Coconuts.
One could never forget the friendly people and the whole happy ambience that was everywhere to be found.
Never to be forgotten. Hawaii this is my salute to you and thank you for the beautiful dreams about you that will never leave me.
Fast Track Samba
As a young man, I danced a lot doing the Waltz, Quickstep,Tango, Samba, Rhumba and of course The Jive and the Twist. Those were the days when guys and gals were "touchy-feely", holding hands, not standing apart to dance as they do today. In 1960's London we had the Mecca Ballrooms where one could dance or sit and eat and watch and listen to really fabulous dance music in every style played by a full orchestra. It was very safe and decent and far removed from the arm-waving, pill-popping haunts presented for the current generation of youth. The Mecca Ballroom at the Streatham Locarno, was my favourite haunt. PhiI Tate and his Orchestra and a Pop Trio provided the dance music. The stage had a circular centre which revolved full circle. In one turn of it the audience of dancers saw the switch from Orchestra playing to Pop Group playing...it was an incredible sight! (You can find more about Phil Tate with a Google search on his name)
I wrote this music to remind us all of the energy of youth, which, sadly, in the end is gone from all of us. Thankfully, the memories last, and we can listen to the music and reminisce!
Forest Of The Evil Troll
Imagine an Evil, Grumpy, Huffing and Puffing giant of a Troll heavily tramping through his forested domain scaring the life out of every other living thing including the Gnomes and Fairies making them scatter and try to hide in the trees and undergrowth.
If you listen carefully, you will hear Troll huff and puff and growl and stomp and the little folk scattering in ways that would have even you and I running for our lives!
All sound effects are created in music, not using live or recorded sound effects inserted into the score.
Lord Please Tell Me Quick Which Way To Go
Only a Banjo playing could give the sense of immediacy of the subject's need for heavenly guidance in a moment of lost direction in life. I think I would be right in saying that we all will have at least one of those moments in our lifetime?
When yours comes.........listen to this and take courage to get things back on track in your life asap !
Reflections On Our Love
Someone special in our lives brings forth emotions of love and joy that the right kind of music help us to focus on and really appreciate. Hope this helps YOU in that regard !
Some Other Starlit Night
The song "Starry Starry Night" is a well known favourite. While humming it the thought came to me ....."What about another starry night, but by yet another name?"
So here it is, and you may recognise snips of "Goodnight Ladies" in the score.
Mardi Gras Del OZ
In Sydney, Australia they have the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. I call it the Mardi Gras Del OZ.
It is a wild and gay event with a huge parade of variously clad, various people. They dance and sing and cavort to the delight of the massive crowd made up of people from the four corners of the earth. Some are on foot, some ride aboard the flotilla of floats (can you have a land-based flotilla?)....oh well......
The costumes are extravagant and outlandish and the antics often sensual but the whole thing is done with a sense of great fun and the expression of freedom to love as you would be loved.
However.....they are Aussies! and you can't keep the sense of loyalty to flag and country quiet for long!
Listen as the Mardi Gras parade goes past and you witness the pride they feel at hearing the Australian Anthem betwixt acts and just can't resist the temptation to play it yet again and again !
I am very grateful for this emailed comment I received from a fan of mine after she previewed this album prior to its formal on-line release:-
"Wow Poppa ! This Album has something for everyone! I just love the variety of the tunes, the beats and the moods they create. This is your first Album......may there be many many more......please!
Madhu M. Sydney Australia
Thanks so much Madhu! More comments and critiques and posted "Likes" from all of my fans and listeners are most welcome.
What more can I say? except, that as long as I can hover a mouse and think up a tune, and as long my bionic heart continues to pump through the life-blood within me, I will continue to pump out new compositions !
Cheers everyone, and thanks for listening.
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