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Memories

Hello Dear Reader,

In the past few days there has been the sad loss of a number of well-known people. Three people in particular have made me remember why we keep memories. Christopher Lee, an actor whose career spanned many different realms appeared in hundreds of films and television series. For me three notable roles com to mind; Henry Baskerville in The Hound of the Baskervilles with Peter Cushing, Space:1999 and Saruman in Lord of the Rings. Each role very different, each one memorable for how Christopher Lee played the roles. He never  played a role short, he was a powerful figure each time he stepped forward. These three roles are ones I can enjoy again and again, in particular Hound of the Baskervilles. Not playing the lead role he still makes the movie. Maybe that was due to his friendship with Peter Cushing. The two starred in numerous films, most notably Hammer films normally horror. The second role for me was in series one of Space:1999, a Gerry Anderson production which pushed the boundaries of television sci-fi. Although the role was as a guest, he once more just captured the scenes. He was calm and just a huge presence.  The last role in his 80 and 90s was in one of the most recent successful franchise, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Again he was one of a numerous cast but he knew not only the role but the books in-depth. There are few that just have that presence that Sir Christopher Lee had. We can be grateful for those memories.

The second person, was James Honer the composer of such films as Titanic and Avatar. Those are not the films I thought of when I heard of his untimely death. The films for me that came to mind were Star Trek:The Wrath of Khan and the Rocketeer. Both of these soundtracks I can listen to with ease and remember the movies through the music. There is one scene, the music is called; ‘Enterprise Clears Moorings’. I listened to that piece when I heard the news. It just felt right for me and I could remember just how well James Horner’s music fitted the film. Again there are memories we can enjoy.

The last person was something of a British icon, the first English Avenger, Patrick Macnee. The character, John Steed,  first appeared on television back in 1961 but not as he was to become known. It took almost the first series before John Steed became established as the main character. He was a mysterious person, a secret agent but not like James Bond who also appeared around the same time. This was a very gentlemanly secret agent, one who used wit and wisdom before restoring to his umbrella or bowler hat. It was different, well written, unique and made Patrick Macnee famous. His character took on villains with a bowler hat, smart suit and umbrella. There was also a curious pop song, Kinky Boots with one of his female co-stars Honor Blackman. It became a hit due to various radio shows and that odd element of being wrong yet right.

These three people, while being separate in many ways have all added something to my own memories and enhanced my life. Should we just mourn the loss or always do our best to remember? For me I can listen to James Honer, watch Christopher Lee and Patrick Macnee.

Tagline: ‘Music ready. Bowler hat ready. Book ready.’

The Joy of the Proms

Hello Dear Reader

The BBC Proms, such a varied event is underway once more. I have already listened to a few of the proms and last night I sat down to Mahler’s 5th. It is very difficult to describe to people what you end up listening too particularly here in words. There are the odd one or two you can sort of hint at, Da-Da-Da-Darrr, is one. (Guesses allowed no prizes given)

I do find that a full orchestra is something of a joy to hear. It gives the music a life of it’s own and each time there is just a little difference that makes it special. I think that is why the BBC Proms are important. They have such diversity that it does cater for almost everyone.  There are 58 days of Proms, on some days three or four concerts played over 12 hours. That is a lot of music. It is all here http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms . It’s not only the music, it’s the musicians as well. They play over thousands of hours of music, it is a mental and physical battle to reach the end.

The BBC Proms are well received and supported by a loyal following, yet it is growing and changing. Musical, film and now jazz Proms have recently drawn in a different audience. Also shows such as Doctor Who, very popular, have shown that music comes in many forms.

Each year, many people tune in to watch the Last Night of the Proms, with well known classical works. Sometimes, you have to dip into the unknown and find a gem such as I heard with Mahler.  I did once challenge a radio station to play something from Star Wars. At the time, I suggested that many film pieces were as good as classical. Last night, I found some of Mahler’s work very much like a soundtrack. Full circle.

So dear reader, this little classical work is complete, the last bars played.

Tagline: “Da Da Da Dar”