Dear Blog, Well, here we are again and this time I thought I would just say a few words about songs and music. I love music of ALL kinds, apart from heavy metal and house music! I was almost there at the beginning of rock n roll (well, I was there, but too young to take any real notice of it, if you know what I mean!), but I was certainly aware of Bill Haley & The Comets with Rock Around the Clock. Then, of course, came Elvis and I still love listening to his music to this day. He had such a distinctive voice. Roy Orbison was a great favourite of mine during my early teenage years, all heartbreak and tears, and, again, on my iPod today, I still love listening to him. There are far too many to mention here, probably because there have been far too many years!
I like Gilbert & Sullivan, in particular The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance and have been to see both of these shows. Now they are really uplifting!
I like light opera and can never fail to be moved by Luciano Pavaratti singing Nessun Dorma.
I live ten miles outside Plymouth, here in Devon, and every two years they have a musical spectacular which ends with an amazing fireworks display. This is held on Plymouth Hoe (where Sir Francis Drake played his famous game of bowls before sailing out to beat the Spaniards!), and the backdrop to the whole thing overlooking Plymouth Sound, is amazing. I am not going away from music here, because during every show and as the fireworks are getting more and more breathtaking, the musicians are playing Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. The music is building up, getting louder and louder, the fireworks are getting higher and higher, and then the canons start firing. Boom! Boom! It just sends shivers down my spine and I never tire of hearing that particular piece of music.
I simply cannot imagine a life without music in it - it can really change your mood when you listen to a particular song.
As a complete change of scene from the 1812 Overture, here are three songs that would really get me up on to the dance floor! I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor, Feel Like A Woman by Shania Twain, and It's Raining Men by the Weather Girls. Let's go girls!!