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by dave brum
24 Jan 2017, 18:22
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 6420

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

It's not so much the humour. It is the fact that popular music treats its audience like unintelligent morons - however we can choose to turn the rubbish off and put something a little more suitable on. That is of course if you don't get it rammed down your throats by somebody who merely thinks you l...
by dave brum
24 Jan 2017, 17:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Reference to the 'three little maids' in The Mikado, Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo and Pitty Sing. If you remember the old sitcom 'Fresh Fields', when Hester's amateur operatic group did the song Three Little Maids from School, and the rehearsal when husband William (played by Anton Rodgers) dressing up as a lit...
by dave brum
24 Jan 2017, 14:43
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

At the Co-op where I work, we sell on my section small sugary pastries known as Yum Yums, which I have seen in other supermarket chains as well.

We need to start selling Peep Bo's and Pitty Sings as well as what use is one without the other two.
by dave brum
23 Jan 2017, 20:04
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 6420

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

A bit like pop music in general really, which is why I'm as sceptical of it as I am. If it's popular, it's usually no bl00dy good.
by dave brum
23 Jan 2017, 14:13
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 6420

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

This morning's Retro Year (hoping sincerely that I haven't misused the apostrophe) was 1983 and we had in the 'mix' the artist formerly known as Prince when he was actually known as Prince singing a song that I thought as a 13 year old was about an old boiler. But in the interests of being divided b...
by dave brum
22 Jan 2017, 17:01
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 86627

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

How interesting. How delightful! Been unable to cease whistling ''Cwcwll'' by Beganifs whilst preparing a tasty and delicious chicken and leek pie. Alaw sy'n newid y donfeddi donfedd, a'r don sy'n aflonydd...... A cracking piece of Welsh psychedelia the likes of which have not been seen since 'Maes ...
by dave brum
22 Jan 2017, 15:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Playing......Just remind me again. Had a phone call a couple of hours ago, my friend and colleague Kayleigh at work is unwell and on sick leave for the foreseeable future, so I'm now on permanent earlies for the foreseeable future. Normally I wouldn't mind, but the dazzle of the sunlight and the bri...
by dave brum
22 Jan 2017, 14:17
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I thought I saw someone drop a Clanger in church today, but apparently it was a Pepper Pig that was dropped by the baby en route for communion and not the toy aliens with swanee whistles for larynxes.
by dave brum
22 Jan 2017, 13:55
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 167483

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Made me happy yesterday, going to a performance of Beethoven Symphony no.9. Made me happy today, seeing some friends that have got back from spending Christmas in Jamaica.
by dave brum
21 Jan 2017, 18:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Misheard lyrics from songs.
Replies: 161
Views: 32780

Re: Misheard lyrics from songs.

On the in-store radio station at work (yawn yawn), they play a reworked version of an Elvis Presley song entitled 'I've Got A Thing 'Bout You Baby' with a jazzed up audio recorded by the RPO and featured on an album very conveniently released in time for the Christmas market last year (a stocking fi...
by dave brum
21 Jan 2017, 15:06
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Talking of Donald Trump, we know that absolutely everything he has acquired in the past he has put his name to. Trump Hotel, Trump Turnberry Resort, Trump Tower etc. So does this mean that 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC USA (otherwise known as the White House) is now rebranded as 'Trump Pr...
by dave brum
21 Jan 2017, 15:02
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

That's the one. The web planet where you are immediately excommunicated for dissidence. Stalin and Khruschev had absolutely nothing on the ABRSM moderation team (maybe Mr. Donald Trump has some sort of 'Power Game-esque influence on them too as they don't like criticism of him on there). Thank goodn...
by dave brum
21 Jan 2017, 14:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Problem Page, Dear Marge Poops......
Replies: 9
Views: 1026

Re: Problem Page, Dear Marge Poops......

Actually, I don't. I shouldn't have to moan about it....only a small minority of piano learners are as disenchanted as I am - but most are children or teenagers anyway with fewer cares and commitments than old codgers like me. My frustration is that after ten years I cannot find the RIGHT way of doi...
by dave brum
21 Jan 2017, 14:34
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 86627

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

Another old curiosity today, Every Day Of My Life by David Hughes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgQxcy-iTZ8
by dave brum
20 Jan 2017, 20:43
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I've just had a look at the ''other side'', and successfully. It seems my total blackout has now expired.

Music for the elite.....or what?
by dave brum
20 Jan 2017, 20:26
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I love reading those 'Let's Move To....' articles he writes in the Guardian and online....even the comments are quite unoffensive and tolerable, which is a refreshing change on the guardian.com! He wrote about somewhere recently describing it as a place where George rather than Mildred would aspire ...
by dave brum
20 Jan 2017, 20:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Problem Page, Dear Marge Poops......
Replies: 9
Views: 1026

Re: Problem Page, Dear Marge Poops......

But, to come back to my earlier point, what is the point of going on if you don't enjoy it?
by dave brum
19 Jan 2017, 18:42
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Problem Page, Dear Marge Poops......
Replies: 9
Views: 1026

Re: Problem Page, Dear Marge Poops......

That's just it. I play not because I feel like it, it's because I have to.....because I must......have to carry on. Not because I really enjoy doing it or because I get anything slightly resembling fun from it, although that would be good. Think I need to do something else. Morale just seems to be t...
by dave brum
19 Jan 2017, 11:39
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Problem Page, Dear Marge Poops......
Replies: 9
Views: 1026

Re: Problem Page, Dear Marge Poops......

Dear Ms.Poops, After all these years and reams of insight and knowledge, my piano practice is still a bl00dy chore. I think 'Piano4Solihull' was right all along, why bother doing it if I don't enjoy it....but it is also not possible to MAKE yourself enjoy it? It has to be natural, or fostered - whic...
by dave brum
19 Jan 2017, 11:32
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I feel quite important today, I've just emailed Tom Dyckhoff!
by dave brum
18 Jan 2017, 19:24
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Daring to scrutinise Donald Trump (before his election as USA President) got me banned from the ABRSM forum. I dedicate this to all ABRSM moderators as much as I do to the President-elect:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysGtBZX32I0
by dave brum
18 Jan 2017, 18:16
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 6420

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

Withers actually holds that note for eighteen seconds, he's obviously had classical voice training. We also had Small Town Boy by Bronski Beat on the 10am 'Retro Years' ('Making the UK feel extremely old') and a rap based upon Just Be Good To Me by the SOS Band (it wasn't Dub Be Good To Me by Beats ...
by dave brum
18 Jan 2017, 13:38
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 6420

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

Had a corker from my childhood today, Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas, which I loved as a 4 year old, but which was banned from our house along with all other Black artists by my mother.

As was Bill Withers, the more I listen to his stuff, the more I like him, we had two from him in as many hours.
by dave brum
14 Jan 2017, 14:26
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What are we listening to right now?
Replies: 12
Views: 1184

Re: What are we listening to right now?

The second volume of J S Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues, played on a piano rather than on baroque or baroque style instrument. I don't have the first volume of them on Naxos, would like them as they are totally ensconsing. I'm planning another trip to London in February, and this time I want to 'do' ...
by dave brum
14 Jan 2017, 13:32
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 86627

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

Today it's been The Peanut Vendor. Though in my case it should become The Doughnut Vendor, eight bags of jam and custard ones, plus six of each Mondelez Caramel and Dairy Milk ones.

Also the old theme music from ITN News at One/First Report.
by dave brum
12 Jan 2017, 18:48
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 86627

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

Yes, he's built a business on being saft. He could teach old Trumpy a thing or two!
by dave brum
11 Jan 2017, 19:15
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 167483

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Shelf edge price labels, printing them off. I needed to do some today but time beat me, however my section is in a good and tidy fashion so I can have 2 days off.
by dave brum
11 Jan 2017, 19:11
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Just sticking with easy stuff now, the stuff I was doing with my last teacher. Forsyths sent me some music yesterday, along with the Pauline Hall Piano Time SR-ing book 1. I have been made to discover my confidence inadequacies for myself. Mabel, Fanny etc. never once told me that I had a confidence...
by dave brum
11 Jan 2017, 19:01
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 86627

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

We had Mama Weer (sic) All Crazee (sic) Now on in work today. You see, school standards in Wolverhampton were at a low point even in the 1950s!!
by dave brum
11 Jan 2017, 18:08
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 6420

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

After a 5am pre-spring (sounds better than w***er) early this morning, and five and a half hours exposure to 'it'., I came home feeling rotten so I had lunch, a nap and then had a glass of fruit juice with Rachmaninov's Symphony no3 in A minor. Now I feel so much better. It's blindingly obvious that...
by dave brum
10 Jan 2017, 19:37
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Had another pianistic epiphany today following on from realising my sight reading ability.

I CAN play the piano.
I CAN put a simple tune on paper into a piece of music.

But

I CANNOT do neither with confidence.
by dave brum
10 Jan 2017, 17:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 86627

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

''Down At the Old Bull & Bush''. Bush Bush!!

Had some queer looks as well!
by dave brum
10 Jan 2017, 17:48
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 167483

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Learning a new skill at work. And the muzak has been quite tolerable today!
by dave brum
09 Jan 2017, 19:11
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 6420

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

Gill the Piano wrote:To my shame, one of that lot comes from High Wycombe!
Leanne Pillock is her name and she is a mere cog in a scam to make lots and lots of money for Mr.Simon Cowell so he can buy himself another house, car, annuity etc.etc.
by dave brum
09 Jan 2017, 17:53
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 167483

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Fortunately, I do not need any odious right wing hate rag to make me lose weight, I'm doing just fine without!
by dave brum
09 Jan 2017, 17:51
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 6420

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

Some new jingles for the 1000 to 1030 'Retro Years ' aka Let's Make The People Of Brexit Island Feel Very Old......

But we had a cracker today, Daryl and John 'Kiss On My List'. They can play all the Hall and Oates that their central processor desires.
by dave brum
09 Jan 2017, 17:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

With your carefully designed top less swimsuit
You get an even sun tan
on your back
and on your legs
and on your bum.
by dave brum
08 Jan 2017, 18:11
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Dave's Curio Corner
Replies: 32
Views: 2888

Re: Dave's Curio Corner

Remember Anne Nightingale playing this old reggae tune in the 80s, great to hear it again. Peter King - Bad Memory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29lAy8eSdpI
by dave brum
08 Jan 2017, 18:05
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

With his carefully designed topless swimsuit, Peter Sarstedt begins 2017's musical death list:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k010JKRtUHc
by dave brum
08 Jan 2017, 10:26
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 167483

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Losing one and a half kg this week, but still a long way to go before I can do without talcuming my red raw and itchy midriff every time I take my work trousers off, or finding my belly is in the way everything I zip up my 501's. Cutting out the cakes makes a difference. This time in 2016 I was only...
by dave brum
08 Jan 2017, 09:57
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 6420

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

Plagerisation, another piece of supporting evidence in my theory that popular music has nowhere else to go. The Ollie Murs big seller 'Thinking Of Me' is basically a rework of Dodgy 'Good Enough', whilst the Temptations' 'My Girl' riff is the actual bridge in the shut up to my asp artwork. I've alre...
by dave brum
07 Jan 2017, 20:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

What a wonderfully interesting name for one's piano teacher?

https://www.gumtree.com/p/singing-class ... 1209134904
by dave brum
07 Jan 2017, 19:22
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 86627

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

The catchy Gato Barbieri theme from Last Tango In Paris. Wish I could get hold of a copy of the version by Max Greger Senior and Junior, saxophone giving way to a mighty psychedelic organ jam. I had it on one of those Polydor 'Best Of Super Stereo Easy Listening 1971' type compilation albums that I ...
by dave brum
07 Jan 2017, 13:39
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 6420

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

Robot went loco today, we heard three songs twice in succession today, It Don't Come Easy by Ringo Starr, Morning In L.A by White Lies and some other testicality. Breaking new ground in repetition - and no Dan Lindsay or Lucy, they've all gone to the dogs. We had a really wonderful piece of aural ar...
by dave brum
06 Jan 2017, 22:12
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Not having been alive in 1958 or thereabouts, I cannot possibly comment. Now, I feel so young, haha!!,

Of course, there were more piano players around then!!!

:piano;
by dave brum
06 Jan 2017, 17:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Sometimes, I think we as a society are moving backwards, not forwards. Mike Read's Pop Quiz is back on BBC4. Poor old Mike Read. He really thinks the world came to an abrupt end when the Berlin Wall came down....

Why don't they make the Pop master Quiz a television show?
by dave brum
06 Jan 2017, 17:36
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 6420

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

The Happy New Year messages have been modified to include colleagues in their felicitations. Happy New Year, Co-Operative Group, Co-Operative Bank etc. But not Mood Media. For me, they cheapen and tabloidise us...and insult our intelligence on a regular basis with their unashamed repetition. Sir Pau...
by dave brum
05 Jan 2017, 19:13
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What are we listening to right now?
Replies: 12
Views: 1184

Re: What are we listening to right now?

Rachmaminov Symphony no2, which I purchased in Oxfam Marylebone in November but not gotten around to listening to until now. I want to go to that Oxfam music only store in Ealing next time I'm down there, plus I think there's a Books and Music in the Portobello Road area that attracts me like a magn...
by dave brum
05 Jan 2017, 19:10
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Now listen, slurryhead!! That was the handiwork of one Frank Kelly otherwise known as Fr.Jack Hackett, who passed away last year.
by dave brum
05 Jan 2017, 09:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 460063

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Today is the twelfth day of Christmas and by tradition, down comes the tree and Christmas decorations. The twelve drummers drumming have just been delivered to my house by a green van with Fortnum & Mason on it. Just suppose that the much clichéd song goes on and on and on.... On the thirteenth day ...