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Orchid Lady
My little man, the drummer, has been asked to get his band together and perform at the end of year concert, so very proud of him

That's brilliant Tracey x

Orchid Lady, do what I did when dragged to see my lovely Grandson and his band as they fronted a top line Pop Group at what they call "err" is it a Gig.

I took plenty of ear plugs and cotton wool and they were needed, the music was not of my world I might say any world although the crowd went mad. I did realise through my gathering deafness that they were lost in the "err" music as they gyrated all over the stage to the screams of the masses of girls and women who had taken over the front of the place. I managed to escape to a bar once they had done their bit in getting the girls off on a high, (excuse some of the language I am not a pop fan), He was on a real bouncing high when he found me so I made all the right noises, he is after all my grandson.

Well to sum up, I had dipped my toe into the modern world was pleased and appalled at the same time and now he is a steady hard working engaged lad doing up his own house. The band gave him the grit to keep going when rejected, the confidence to go on a massive stage many times and perform, the realism that not all will make it so you change direction. I wish your little drummer joy in what he does, my grandson also found that, he still plays without the mad gyrations.

Frank

Orchid Lady

Ha ha Frank, how lovely that you made the effort even though it wasn't to your taste, I'm sure your grandson was really pleased that you were there.  Unfortunately neither of my son's grandads will make the effort 

But I will be there and thankfully I like the music he plays......not so sure I like the thought of girls screaming and throwing themselves at him though, he's still my baby 

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Orchid Lady, My very first colour film, to us then a miracle, it is a song I often play for the Grandchildren, one of those evergreen tunes we all know and add memories to.

Frank.

Orchid Lady

Hi Frank, it is one of my favourite films too and the original song I can listen too, it's just the Eva Cassidy version that gets me because it was a great favourite of my Nan's and was played at her funeral  It most certainly is an evergreen tune 

Orchid Lady

Oh David, that's brought a tear to my eye, so tragic. My husband's uncle, godfather to our eldest was killed in a car accident...I don't want to go into detail but so horrible and we miss him so much, he was more like a brother to my OH....((hugs)) xx

star gaze lily

Oh David, I'm so sorry to hear that, how very sad. Sending you hugs. X 

 

Just listened to it  David, it brought tears to my eyes too.................best wishes 

David, sad moments for you but I played it and the memories tumbled back. The music exams were usually a piece that tested the technical side but as you went up started to include the tests pieces scales and a piece of your own choice. Claire de Lune had been in a film and touched a nerve, the music was bought my teacher made sure I could play note perfect with the constant use of her one foot long pencil on my knuckles though I knew it should not be the mechanical mood she wanted, my Father a pianist took me through it and the one thing he wanted were the pauses, "go as if to play but pause then stroke the notes". The exam came and I played the piece as Dad said, the examiner pulled his chair next to the piano and told me to play it again, my thoughts were I had messed up so tried harder. Very good he said only the first time it flowed much better, never try too hard then. Who is your teacher, "Miss Cook", I do not think she taught you to play like that, so I blurted out no she did not, well thank you for playing it with feeling and I got my Certificate with top marks.

Music to me is a library of memories, not all good though all with meaning.

Frank.

Orchid Lady

Frank, that last sentence is oh so true, an excellent way of summing up what all the posts on this thread mean to us all. 

As for the rest of the post, well I didn't read it as soon as you mentioned 'exams', as a 41 year old trying to get my grade 2 (my piano teacher thinks I'm capable of missing grade 1) I am absolutely 'bricking it' thinking of taking an exam again 

Orchid Lady

PS not to everyone's taste and I'm not really a rap fan but this never fails to make me smile 

star gaze lily

Sorry OL, meant to say....sorry about your nan. Hugs.x

When i listened to that, I then listened to some of her others I liked, and shed a tear or two. One of my favs by her is..........I know you by heart.

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star gaze lily

Ooops missed you there OL, lol and thank you...........but, what do you mean, .....me? Crazy,.......surely not........there's  nothing crazy about me....

Orchid Lady an exam is only a test of your efficiency, In some one else's mind, you practice then sit down compose your self, start when you are ready and play as well as you can. A couple of times my mind on other things I messed up, each time I stopped sorry may I play that again and did passing each time.

Be confident in your ability, forget the examiner and play to yourself, remember they cannot shoot you, well not yet and they are human.

Frank.

Orchid Lady

Hi Lily, thank you for your kind words. She was a good age though and obviously we all go at some stage.  She had told my sister a few weeks before she died that she had had enough of being here and wanted to be with my gramps (who dies when I was 16) she knew and we knew they wanted to be together, doesn't stop you missing someone though does it x