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New Theme - Places

Postby Brian007 » 01 Jan 2016 17:03

Hi all,

This challenge is all about tunes/songs that either have a Place in the title or in the lyrics of the song
the places should be real places and can include Rivers, Mountains, Buildings, Countries etc.......

If the place is in the lyrics please show them in your post, as an example I will start it of with The House of the Rising Sun
as well as being a Pub the lyrics also reference New Orleans https://app.box.com/s/dl5via15z8uu10yt3rzut64p3kqp6u6k


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When Brian and I discussed this challenge I initially thought that it might be a bit difficult to find music that fit the requirements. After thinking about it there are hundreds, particularly American and European. If you would like to take part but cannot find a piece send me a message and I will try to help out.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby JohnT » 01 Jan 2016 19:05

Hi Brian Nice start to the year and the challenge. Hope it is as successful as last year.for you and Keith. Enjoyed the sounds and the playing. I haven't played for over a week on my keyboards. Will have to get myself motivated. John
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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby Brian007 » 02 Jan 2016 08:49

Hi John,

Pleased you liked my short version of that song, I sometimes struggle to find a tune I can get into, and if you can find the right tune to suit your mood at the time I think it helps, well it helps me anyway. Brian007 :D
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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby KRUG » 02 Jan 2016 11:17

Hi Brian, One of my favourite tunes which was well well played and voiced.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby KRUG » 02 Jan 2016 11:25

For my first entry I am getting on my bike, or at least one of the "Nine Million Bicycles" there are reputed to be in Beijing. A hit for Katie Melua this is my version of her tune.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby KRUG » 02 Jan 2016 11:33

I did not recognise this tune when I saw the title but when starting to play it it had that vaguely familiar feel. It was actually recorded by Frank Sinatra and various others but this is my interpretation of "London By Night."

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby Brian007 » 02 Jan 2016 12:38

Hi Keith,

"Nine Million Bicycles" is not a tune I am familiar with :lol: you used some nice voices and played it very well.

"London By Night" is vaguely familiar and I did know Sinatra sung it, well played and liked the Lush strings.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby Brian007 » 02 Jan 2016 14:57

Hi all,

Were off to the Kintyre Peninsula with this one, a little flaky in places and my apologies to any bagpipes fans for this :lol:

Mull of Kintyre https://app.box.com/s/pj8l49wzyzz4t6e762cavsbgaqzbd0gm


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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby JohnT » 02 Jan 2016 15:22

Hi Keith Remember the bike one but not the London. Both nice easy listens to get you started. John

Hi Brian Liked Mull and the pipes sounded good,enjoyed my listen. John
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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby JohnT » 02 Jan 2016 15:48

Hi Everyone Just got back to the keyboard after a xmas lay off. Continuing with Keiths London. Tried this one. London bridge is falling down. Enjoy tour listen. John

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby Brian007 » 02 Jan 2016 16:03

Hi John T.

That was a cracking performance of that song, with some good voices and a good steady beat and style
good to see your back into the swing of things.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby KRUG » 02 Jan 2016 16:47

Hi Brian, I enjoyed your version of Mull of Kintyre and particularly the intro. No need to appologise for the bagpipes. They always sound perfect for anything from north of the border and pretty much rubbish for anything else.

Hi John, London Bridge just showed how even a simple nursery rhyme played well with the right style can sound sophisticated. Well done.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby KRUG » 02 Jan 2016 16:51

I thought that this was appropriate not only because Liverpool is mentioned in several verses but because I am sure it will bring back fond memories for John errrrm..."Johnny Todd."

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby kens » 02 Jan 2016 17:00

What a good response already. Thanks guys Here is A Nightingale Sang in Berkely Square. Ken

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby papadeedee » 02 Jan 2016 17:08

Hi Brian,
Re "House of the Rising Sun." A fine performance to kick off the new year.
Do you know about the blues scale ? ONLY If you are interested, this is a good song to experiment on a solo by applying the A minor blues scale.
The notes will fit each chord in any combination . Keep the tune going in your left hand as you would normally and play these notes or combinations of these notes and they will fit in to make an original solo.
A C D Eb E G A
I am only trying to help, hope you don't think I'm being cheeky.
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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby Brian007 » 02 Jan 2016 20:02

Hi Brian D.

Many thanks for the info on the Blues scale and A minor, have cut and pasted the info. into a text file for further use. cheers.
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Keith,

Never heard of Johnny Todd, but it dosnt half sound like the theme tune to Z cars ??, anyway well played and voiced.

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Hi Ken,

A real good version of that tune, played perfectly and I enjoyed listening to it a lot

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby KRUG » 03 Jan 2016 10:38

That was a nice big band arrangement from Kens that was very much in the style of the period.

I told Brian that I would keep away from the obvious pieces and this is one that certainly does that. The words are from Ewan MacColl and the tune is Limerick Rake. Together they become "Keeping 'Em Rolling." It dates from 1954 when our family had graduated from motorcycle and sidecar to an Austin A30. Back in those days hills were a real cause for concern and many were the vehicles that boiled over on places like Poole Bank and Sutton Bank in Yorkshire. Honister Pass and Shap were nightmares to be met further north. This song tell of the life of lorry drivers of those early years. Towns mentioned include Manchester, Newcastle, Preston, Liverpool and Bristol and detail the trials and tribulations of delivering twenty two tons of stinking fish etc.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby kens » 03 Jan 2016 12:21

Keith.
You really captured that folksy feeling Thanks.
In 1940 the Russians were on the side of Germany and invaded little Finland. The Fins put up a heroic resistance but were overwhelmed. Sibelious wrote Finlandia before the war but then changed the words to rally the nation and it became the national song of that nation. I believe it still is. So here is my version. Ken

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby Brian007 » 03 Jan 2016 13:43

Hi Keith,

That was a real catchy melody to that tune and the voices really suited the melody, enjoyed listening to it

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Hi Ken,

A real rousing piece of music that was thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby JohnT » 03 Jan 2016 14:40

Hi Ken Enjoyed Berkley Square some nice sounds. John

Hi Keith We are getting around the country and world.
I have never heard Johnny Todd but lively and some catchy sounds
The next one also never heard of but nicely played for over four minutes kept you concentrating
Filandia remembered parts of it quite powerful organ

Enjoyed all my listens something different. John
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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby JohnT » 03 Jan 2016 14:45

Hi Everyone Moving up the Scottish coast from Mull. Took the boat instead of the newish bridge to Skye (have not been) My version of Skye boat song hope it does not sink on the way. No bagpipes. Enjoy your listen. John

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby Brian007 » 03 Jan 2016 15:02

Hi John T.

Your back on form alright now, another good performance and a really nice trumpeter made for a very enjoyable listen

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby Brian007 » 03 Jan 2016 15:10

Flying across the Atlantic to the west coast of America and in particular to California and the city of San Francisco
with Scott Mckenzie with flowers in his hair, Could not get the end to sound right no how so a rather abrupt end folks

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby JohnT » 03 Jan 2016 17:28

Hi Brian See you found that old guitar in the loft again,came in useful for this tune. Always like the tune and the guitar suited it. Enjoyed my listen may have to look at some endings on Tuesday? Going to have dinner shortly then must practice for tomorrow. Back a little easier but not fully fit. Will probably play Georges keyboard. May have a couple of others for the challenge. See you tomorrow bring your guitar. John
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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby Brian007 » 03 Jan 2016 19:27

Hi John,


Many thanks for the comments, have got the new cards for 2016 done and provided this man flu does not get any worse
will see you then all being well... Brian007 :D
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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby KRUG » 04 Jan 2016 09:26

Three new offerings to listen to this morning.

Kens. Finlandia was certainly not one that I expected to hear and enjoyed it very much. A stirring start to the day.

John. A very pleasant listen on my trip to Skye and you did justice to a very beautiful place.

Brian. You reproduced the feel of the original with your trusty geetar, or should I say "axe." The ending worked well.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby KRUG » 04 Jan 2016 09:38

My next offering is another folk song collected by Peggy Seeger and Ewan Macoll. It is "Fareweel To Tarwathie." Tarwathie is a small port just north of Keith on the east coast of Scotland. The song tells of the apprehension of a ships crew as they prepare to face the perils of the sea and ice as they set out for Greenland to hunt for whale.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby KRUG » 04 Jan 2016 10:18

Back to Liverpool for this one - "Liverpool Roving Jack". Jack is a 'Jack of all trades' but likes to think of himself as a master of seduction! Each line of four of the verses tell of a total of twenty three streets where he worked as everything from coffin maker to purveyor of ready roasted mutton.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby JohnT » 04 Jan 2016 10:56

Hi Keith. You have been busy finding new and interesting tunes. Farewell had a good Scottish flavour with sounds to match.
Liverpool was nice and lively for him to get around the streets and keep that varied business going. A good entrapaneur. John
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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby Brian007 » 04 Jan 2016 11:10

Hi Keith,

Fare well To Tarwathie had a real scottish sound to it and a catchy melody well played and voiced

Liverpool Roving Jack didn't know what to expect from this one but a plesant surprise and I liked it
played well and a good choice of voices.


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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby kens » 04 Jan 2016 18:48

Hi Keith What a mixture. Where do you find them ken
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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby KRUG » 05 Jan 2016 08:18

This is another folk song which apparently has variations as to the part of the country it was performed in. My version is from Glasgow and tells of the singer buying a wife in Edinburgh for a bawbee and then getting a farthing change. Numerous other parts of the country are mentioned in subsequent verses and I can only assume that the song was sung by males and females as it would be a bit risque for the times when you consider the last verse says that Johnnie is a bonnie lad, I never had a better and I've had twenty nine! Enjoy - Johnny Lad.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby JohnT » 05 Jan 2016 08:26

Hi Keith. Had another listen to Johnny Todd. Yes now I remember it. Theme to Z cars and also used years ago by Sunderland afc when the team came out. Should perhaps use it now. Brought back happy memories. Hope you have a good day. John
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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby Brian007 » 05 Jan 2016 13:29

Hi Keith,

Johnny Lad, is a catchy little ditty which you played well with some good voices also.

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Re: First New Challenge for 2016 (Places)

Postby papadeedee » 05 Jan 2016 13:44

Hi Guys,
A very varied selection of music. There are a few Scottish ones there.
Keith, That is a very unusual take on Johnny Lad. It is normally played like a reel or jig with a 2/4 feel.
Here is a snippet of the more traditional version.
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