Can you recall when and where you heard these songs?

The music I’ll never tire of hearing

This week’s arrangement beats to a different tempo. Club Members were asked by your Club Correspondent to put life on fermata and pluck, from their repertoire, a song or piece of music that they never tire of hearing. Here are the top six selections. 

Flower Garden: Nick Lampe

‘Flower Garden’ sung by Nick Lampe is a harmony that Kerrie Geard never tires of hearing.  It’s “my youth nostalgia”, says Kerrie. 

During the 60s, American musician, Nick Lampe, regularly performed at The Scene in Manhattan, a nightclub on West 46th Street, New York; a club better known for the appearances of The Doors and Jimi Hendrix.  Nick Lampe’s single, ‘Flower Garden’ crept into the Go-Set Australian charts in September 1970; a relative minor success compared with Mungo Jerry’s then chart topping “In the Summertime”.

Nick Lampe now works with disabled children in New York.  “I still have my guitar, an old Martin D-18,” says Nick, “It’s about forty years old and is my love.”

Big Spender: Shirley Bassey

Let me get right to the point! ‘Big Spender’ by Shirley Bassey is Mary Cunnington’s number one song! 

“I saw her at a cabaret in London in 1970,” says Mary.

‘Big Spender’, released in 1967, is singularly Shirley Bassey.  Although, it wasn’t until the 70s, with the release of her album ‘Something’ that she entered the crescendo of her career. She hit a record-breaking run of performances at the Talk of the Town nightclub and her rendition of George Harrison’s ‘Something’ struck more of a chord than the Beatles’ version.  

Roll Me Away: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

“The song I never tire of hearing? That would have to be Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s track ‘Roll Me Away’,” responded Chris D’Arcy. “Bob is from Detroit, Michigan and I first heard his music when I worked in Toledo, Ohio in the late 80s.”  

Toledo is located in northwest Ohio at the western shore of Lake Erie and borders the state of Michigan.  Ann Arbor, Cleveland, Detroit and Fort Wayne are all a mere two-hour drive away. And Chicago, Pittsburgh and Niagara Falls are all within three-five hours’ driving distance from Toledo. 

“Whenever I hear the lyrics ‘We rolled across the high plains, deep into the mountains …’, I am back there, driving out on weekends to explore.”

Adagietto from Symphony No. 5: Gustav Mahler

The key to experiencing Venice for the first time … 

To the opening bars of the Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler, a camera lens reveals a rhythmic trail of vapour in the dawn light, drifting delicato from a steam ferry navigating the Venetian lagoon.

“That scene started my lifelong love of all of Mahler’s music,” says David Lea, “The first and, unfortunately, only time I went to Venice, I also arrived by ship.  It was one of the most magnificent travel experiences of my life and I did so listening to that same haunting piece of music.” 

“’Wouldn’t you just die without Mahler?’, as Maureen Lipman’s character Trish says in the film Educating Rita, may be a bit melodramatic but his music has certainly enriched my life.”

Desperado: Linda Ronstadt

Search ‘Desperado’ on the web and you’ll most likely encounter actor Antonio Banderas playing a do-or-die character; a former musician who has found a stygian use for his guitar case, in a movie by the same name directed by Robert Rodriguez. 

Max Darby would say, “Why don’t you come to your senses. Linda Ronstadt is ‘Desperado’!” 

“I went to her concert of hits of the 40s,” says Max, “And after adding two long encores, she came out and apologised that there were no more songs prepared with the orchestra. Someone near the back yelled out – sing ‘Desperado’ – and after standing in silence for a while with eyes closed, she sang it without any backing. It was pure sound for such a complex song.” 

Do You Hear the People Sing?: Les Misérables 

Perhaps it’s hardly surprising that innumerable protest songs were written during the 60s.  Sam Cooke: ‘A Change is Gonna Come’.  Aretha Franklin: ‘Respect’.  Bob Dylan: ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’.  Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: ‘Ohio’. The list goes on. 

“For me,” says Adrian Culshaw,  “The music I never tire of hearing is ‘Do you hear the people sing?’ from Les Miz.  Luckily I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen the production!” 

‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ is a song calling for people to overcome adversity. It’s from the 1980 musical Les Misérables; an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel based on the Paris Uprising of 1832. It is first heard as the students prepare for a night of barricades. 

The finale of Club Members’ ‘never tire of hearing songs’ concludes on a classical note! It’s a song that your Club Correspondent had until recently quite forgotten but spotted on the soundtrack of the Netflix series, The Queen’s Gambit. Thanks go to Kerrie Geard for her second upbeat choice – Mason Williams’ ‘Classical Gas’. 

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