I am trying to take my phone with a camera everywhere like the youngsters do and this week I’m feeling cheerful as the kitchen has a new lighting system and someone is coming to fix my printer.
This picture ( if it comes out) is of our favourite traditional jazz band, the Featherstone Jazzband who play at a number of venues in Sussex including Lancing Leisure Centre.
Our writing group. the Sea Scribes, will be booking the leisure centre for a charity gig in November with music from local folk singers and stories and poems from the group. We will also have books for sale.
As soon as this is confirmed it will be on my website, http://www.juliecround.co.uk where you can find a gallery of everything I have been involved in for the last few years.
I took the smartphone to our monthly jazz evening and took a photo of the Featherstone Jazzmen with guest trumpeter.
We are now supporting them twice a month as they also play at Lancing Leisure Centre.
The trouble is, traditional jazz appeals to traditional people and the new chef at the pub is offering fancy, TV-type food when we were used to regular old-fashioned meals, with curries for variety. We don’t even get the mint with our bill as we used to and the desserts are £7 each. Maybe I’m just out of date but it doesn’t make it quite as homely an event as it used to be. Thank goodness the music is just as brilliant as ever.
Didn’t use the computer yesterday. Read some of my next book to Sea Scribes in the afternoon and went to the Woodmans Arms for the jazz and a meal in the evening. The Featherstone jazzband had a guest trumpeter, Cuff Billet and he did some brilliant vocals as well as great playing. This is one night of the month that we find unmissable.
I had a lamb hotpot with a cheesy topping and hubby had toad in the hole but the great surprise was the chocolate and orange bread and butter pudding. It was delicious.
Once again I neglected to take a camera. I don’t use a smartphone so I don’t think of taking pictures all the time as others do. I must remember on February 17th when some of the Sea Scribes have a joint book launch at Heene Community Centre in Worthing. Three of us producing new books at one time must be worth recording. I don’t think mine will be ready before Christmas. I’m up to ten thousand words!
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.
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.
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