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I have oft times been heard to propose that
music is very much about memories. Through music
we may wander where we will through time,
reliving past events as we go. There is
something very wonderful in music; we know not
how, but it speaks straight to our hearts and
spirits; it is a language by itself and has that
unique power to move us and to soothe us.
The collection I am pleased to present to you in
‘Streets of London’ are songs that were each
chart toppers in their time. The song, ‘Streets
of London’, was made popular thanks to that
great balladeer, Roger Whittaker. London is my city; and like all big cities it
has had it’s share of hardship and sadness
amongst it’s people. This song tells the story
of forgotten and neglected souls. The cover
picture on the CD, so beautifully illustrated by
my friend Sheila Toye, portrays the lonely old
man who whiles away his time in a cafe with a
cup of tea and an old newspaper ‘reading
In contrast to this, my own remembrances
inspired me to compose ‘Boating on the
Serpentine’ which I have woven into ‘Streets of
London’. The ‘Serpentine’ is a lake in London’s
Hyde Park where people liked to gather. There
they would row boats or picnic under the oaks
and weeping willows which border this lake.
‘As Tears Go By’ was written by Mick Jagger (of
The Rolling Stones). This was an early
composition by Mick and written for Marianne
Faithful ~ a very young and newly discovered
singer, who, with her lovely gentle voice, made
this song a huge hit. Unfortunately, after her
success with this song, Marriane Faithful’s
future was engulfed with sadness and difficulty.
But as the years went by, her strength and
courage enabled her to meet her challenges and
to put her struggles behind her. Here again,
through this piece, I have woven an original
composition. I envisioned the ecstasy of passing
sadness, a return to happiness and the freeing
of a spirit. In the last couple of minutes of
‘This Too Shall Pass’ you will hear the soft
tones of a woman singing as she puts a joyful
voice to her freed spirit.
‘Stardust Andante’ was a creation born out of
two different times in my life. When I was ten
years old and starting my piano tuition, I was
presented with a book called ‘Ezra Reid’s Easy
Pianoforte’. This was the exercise book that
occupied the music rack on my piano for a long
time, and from which I worked diligently. One of
the first exercises in this book was only four
lines of music; it was called, simply,
‘Andante’, a brief and pretty melody which I
loved . . and never forgot. From this little
melody came the inspiration to compose a larger
work; a variation on that little exercise which
got me started on my musical journey . . .
And now, forward to the present. In recording
this piece I made use of my studio keyboard.
Today’s modern synthesizer instruments include
sounds known as ‘Cosmic Voices’. In this group
of sounds I discovered a lovely ‘bell’ like
voice called ‘Stardust’. I used this ‘bell’ to
prelude my composition . .‘Stardust Andante’.
The rest of the melodies in this collection are
all familiar to you, I’m sure. And for all of
you out there with beautiful singing voices, :)
and can remember the words, I have been faithful
to the original keys.
“Music alone, with sudden charms can bind the
wand’ring sense, and calm the troubled mind.”