We had a band engagement this afternoon at Mercer Park in Accrington and we played a great programme, if I do say so myself. The mix of music was wide ranging in terms of styles, moods, tempos, audience participation and so on and I think we pretty much covered most things from big band (Hot Toddy) to film music (Themes from “Gladiator”), from marches (Aces High) to singalong/audience participation (Is This The Way To Amarillo) and from classic brass band “park-job” music (Floral Dance) to classic American folk songs (Appalachian Mountain Folk Song Suite).
You know by now that I love by band, and we have a few little in-jokes that have developed over the years I have been with them, which I also love. We have an ongoing in-joke about “ear worms” – those pieces that stay with you for the rest of the day and even interrupt your attempts at getting to sleep – which Swinging Safari is a good example of (we played that too).
I am delighted to announce that we have a new ear worm as of today and I couldn’t help but share it with you now. My friend Gill has threatened to string me up for this one, especially as we finished the concert with it so it was the last thing in our minds as we broke up and went our separate ways at the end.
Mwahahahahaaaaaaa I am an evil conductor!
Please enjoy Arthur Benjamin’s “Jamaican Rumba” as played by Mantovani and his orchestra. Not quite in the same league as Todmorden Community Brass playing it on a sunny Saturday afternoon in a leafy park in Lancashire, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me for this “inferior” rendition.