It's a classic case of whatever They think we should be interested in, not what we are in actual fact interested in.
(although I may not be able to make it, the weather has gotten colder and the damp has made my vitas gerulaitis come back again)
It was actually our supermarket chain that pioneered the use of playing Baroque and Classical music outside stores to deter groups of poorly dressed unwashed working class youths from congregating outside harrassing customers, and asking them to buy cigarettes, cheap beer, copies of The Sun and Mayfair etc.
And it was such an informal experience. I cannot say I've ever had a relaxed lesson with Mabel. So much so I was there for 1 hour and 25 minutes instead of the hour I booked.
And after all of the prejudices I've harboured about younger teachers after my experiences with Fanny Fosdyke! That'll teach me. I even got a text afterwards telling me I was fabulous...no problem with my sense of rhythm or counting.
I don't want to open my big cakehole though.
Mr.Manning was in actual fact a show pianist - you would never think it, before the weight of his high carat manual jewellery impeded his ability to play. Who knows, if he had left his bracelets etc. in the drawer at home, he wouldn't have developed a stand up show based on poor use of the English language and a perverse obsession with racialist politics - he might have been writing books on piano technique!
I often wonder why Mr.Jeremy Vine (waste of bl00dy space) doesn't 'put on' a Gloucestershire accent so that he 'sounds' like Jimmy Young, as his audience are that averse to change?
NB Heavy jewellery acts as a beneficial weightlifting programme, promoting strong wrists and fingers!
And for some strange reason it's in D, not C as Bach wrote it.
I have absolutely nothing against Elaine, she was genuinely sorry to lose me and she did tell me how much she enjoyed teaching me, something Mabel Mucklethwaite never told me. But she was over 8 miles away in another area of Brum and travelling there was difficult in spite of everything else. Not told Tracey our organist yet.
It always seems to be the case that whenever I go near a piano, something goes wrong, Frank Spencer style.
The copy of 'Second Feast Of (presumably) Easy Carols' that my wife bought for me the other week, opened, placed on a book stand with tinsel around it in the window would make a fantastic non-run-of-the-mill home made Christmas decoration.
I really wouldn't have the time or energy to see a piano teacher.
'Keeping The Dream Alive' by Freiheit:
'The Power Of Love' by Frankie Goes To Hollywood:
'Stay Another Day' by East 17:
Neither of these 'pop' songs actually mention any of these criteria: winter, December, Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees, decorations, parties, presents, snow(men), holly, joy to the world, the Nativity, general festive jollity, or even quote the words Christmas or season.
So WHY THE HELL do the powers that be consider them to be only worthy of playing at this time of year and not all year round??
Actually, I think I will type the F word, in bold type and capitals as I'm so charlied off sat here listening to Vaughan Williams when I should be deadheading my coreopses.
http://www.radiorewind.co.uk/sounds/jin ... y_xmas.mp3
I think Messrs Wogan, Young and Moore wish to join in: