Music and Words

A great night at the Willows in Arundel yesterday. Both Ben and I read a poem from the anthology and appreciated the brilliant set by Jo and Graham. In fact, all the singers were good that evening and the atmosphere was superb. We even had celebratory chocolate cake for the one year party. Now the Willows meet twice a month instead of weekly so it is necessary to check the dates.

Yvette and Friends are hosting an open mike night on 6th September and Trevor Clawson is the spotlight on 20th. He sang two of his self-penned songs last night as a taster – very good.

The Band

Good music lifts the spirit or soothes the soul

The steady heartbeat of the double bass

A bell-like banjo tinkling out a rhythm

While racing drums that stir the listener’s blood

Cause feet to stamp and hands to clap in time.

The mournful trombone adds its rousing sound

A vibrant trumpet next takes up the tune

But, over all, the soaring clarinet

Makes listening live to jazz a pure delight.

We may arrive in tired or harassed mood

But hearing this great band has done us good.

Happenings

News about the panto and the poetry anthology yesterday. The anthology is with the printer and I should see a draft next week. I had great fun looking at potential borders on the computer but left it to him in the end as I could have been there for hours. He showed me how to drag and drop in windows. I wish I knew more about computers!

Then the technician at the talking newspaper gave me some advice about turning a panto into something for audio. I need to add a lot more that I assumed people would know was happening by putting it into the dialogue. It turned out that not everyone has seen the film ( a very common children’s story that I took from the book) I’ll let you know which one nearer the time. The film was a musical but I’m not having music – just sound effects!

Then, last night we were treated to a splendid evening with the Blue Coconut Orchestra at the Willows Folk Club. Brilliant musicians.We are singing again tonight with the surgery group – must be good for us!

Recording

I have just returned from recording a magazine for the Voice of Progress, a local newspaper for the blind. I was lucky enough to meet a folk singer/song writer who had had a fascinating background and who was willing to share it with our listeners and sing a few songs while he played the guitar.

Littlehampton and Worthing are fortunate in having this facility where free discs are sent to people who have registered with the charity so that they can hear local news and listen to items chosen by the readers, which can include pieces about history, travel nature, music and, in my case, poems and stories. I’ll add a couple of verses from one of the poems I used this morning.

Wonderful Worthing.

Sunny Worthing is the place to stay

A town between the South Downs and the sea

Maybe you’ll never want to go away

So much to entertain you, here, is free.

There’s festivals, parades and fairs and fun

There’s jazz and folk and organ concerts too

There’s parks for younger ones to climb and run

And artists’ open housesĀ – all to view.

 

Writing Group

Belonging to two very different writing groups I found I had meetings at both this week. At Worthy Words I read a piece about anniversaries as our homework was to write something to fit a special date. I don’t usually write non fiction so it was only a few hundred words.

Then at Sea Scribes, we were discussing events to attend this year and then read samples of what we had been writing. I have been trying to write for competitions but I knew my ‘twist in a tale’ needed work and the others made very helpful suggestions.

Then hubby and I went out to dinner and to listen to The Featherstone Jazzmen. This time they had Peter Godfrey on piano and , as usual, it was a great evening.

I saw on Twitter that SLUK had their first birthday this week. For anyone into scooters and looking on line ScooterLab.UK is a fantastic resource.Is this the future of journalism?

 

Entertainment

Out three nights on the trot – a quiz on Friday, a charity bash on Saturday and folk on Sunday! Greg Harper’s session on Saturday with Stuart Coupe, Chris Denman and Nigel Ratcliffe was excellent- with a great variety of stories and songs all in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. The, last night, we were back at Clapham and Patching Hall for the Woodies Folk Club, a fortnightly dose of live entertainment, this time with a ‘songs from films and shows’ theme. I do enjoy being able to sing along. That’s why we joined the surgery choir.

Now it’s trying to get fit time again. My new exercise class starts this afternoon. No time for writing!