Music Was My First Love
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
NEWS ROUND UP
Donald Trump's State Visit to the UK happened last week. He met with HM Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles over a few days, whilst protests took place in Trafalgar Square. Before he landed he was filmed calling London Mayor, Sadhiq Khan, a "complete loser" and called Meghan "nasty". How to win friends and influence people!
6th June 2019 commemorated the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings in Normandy in 1944. 'Operation Overlord', saw over 209,000 Allied casualties (killed, wounded or went missing), with nearly 37,000 dead among ground forces and 16,714 deaths amongst Allied air forces. The 5 beaches involved in the Landing at Normandy were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. We asked if members had parents or grandparents involved in this historic day, which marked the largest seaborne invasion in history?
Unassuming 81 year old pensioner Luigi Rimonti made headlines, after his road journey from Newcastle to Rome (he is Italian) went spectacularly wrong. He made a 1,000 mile detour to a tiny German village called Rom, as he made an error entering Rome into his sat nav. Things went from bad to worse, as when he got out of the car he forgot to put his handbrake on and he was knocked down by his car door. He was okay, but his Jaguar was written off.
In other news, a suspected unexploded bomb on the banks of the River Thames turned out to be a giant glittery Christmas bauble. Tower Hamlets Police attended the scene and were apparently left in hysterics when they realised what the offending item was.
The theme for last week's 'CST Friendship Group' was 'Music', as June 21st marks 'World Music Day'. We started the discussion with some open ended questions about members' connections with music.
What was the first single members ever brought? (Go around the room)
What are members' favourite artists? What are their favourite albums? Do they have a favourite song?
What is the BBC Radio 4 show called that has celebrities pick their 8 favourite tracks to take with them if they were castaway? DESERT ISLAND DISCS
What are the two books Castaways are given? BIBLE & COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE
Do members have a favourite book they would take with them?
What about their luxury item that they would take, to make life more bearable?
We then asked members to complete the following phrases ...
Music makes the world GO ROUND Like a broken RECORD Blow your own TRUMPET Music to my EARS Face the MUSIC Play it by EAR As fit as a FIDDLE Hit the right NOTE It takes two to TANGO And all that JAZZ March to the beat of your own DRUM Swan SONG Strike a CHORD Sing a different TUNE Going for a SONG Play it by EAR As clean as a WHISTLE Clear as a BELL Tickle the IVORY Make a sing and DANCE about something Drum up SUPPORT Sing from the same HYMN SHEET
QUIZ / DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
At what speed did a single play at in the 1960s? 78 RPM
What speed do LPs play at? 33 RPM
What is another name for a record player? GRAMAPHONE
Does anyone still have a cassette player?
Did anyone used to tape the Top 40 to listen to throughout the week?
What year was the last video cassette recorder made in Japan? JULY 22, 2016
Does anyone still have one?
Who had Betamax vs VHS?
What replaced the VCR? DVD PLAYER
What, connected with music, was the 'Cats whisker'? RADIO SIGNAL DETECTOR
What replaced analogue radio? DAB
What does D.A.B. stand for? DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING
Which offshore radio station was broadcast from a ship? RADIO CAROLINE (founded in 1964)
Name some famous Radio 1 DJs ...
1960s TONY BLACKBURN - Launched Radio 1 on 30 September, 1967 The first track ever played was The Move's 'Flowers In The Rain' JOHN PEEL TERRY WOGAN JIMMY YOUNG TOMMY VANCE EMPEROR ROSKO KENNY EVERETT ED STEWART JOHNNIE WALKER DAVE LEE TRAVIS NOEL EDMONDS DAVE LEE TRAVIS KENNY EVERETT
1970s ANNIE NIGHTINGALE BOB HARRIS ALAN FREEMAN RICHARD SKINNER DAVID HAMILTON PAUL GAMBACCINI SIMON BATES DAVID JENSEN PETER POWELL MIKE READ ANDY PEEBLES
Which of the above DJs had a feature called 'Our Song'? SIMON BATES
Who went on to have a hit TV comedy career? KENNY EVERETT
Who's nickname was 'Whispering'? BOB HARRIS
Whose nickname was 'Diddy'? DAVID HAMILTON
Who went on to host a successful BBC chat show? TERRY WOGAN
Who went on to have a 'House Party'? NOEL EDMONDS
Which animal is associated with the HMV record label? JACK RUSSELL
What record label did the Beatles release records under? APPLE
What year did 'Top Of The Tops' start? 1964
Who hosted BBC 2's 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'? RICHARD WILLIAMS (from 1971, THEN BOB HARRIS (from 1972), then ANNIE NIGHTINGALE (from 1980)
Who hosted Channel 4's 'The Tube'? PAULA WILCOX AND JOOLS HOLLAND
What artists or groups have people seen live?
Has anyone been to Glastonbury or another festival?
What was the seminal music festival held in Bethel, New York, from August 15-18, 1969, which attracted an audience of 400,000? WOODSTOCK
PICTURES / MUSIC ROUND
Next, ask members to look at the pictures (click photo above for link and print them out for the tables) of popular albums of the 1960s, 70s & 80s.
(Better still, if you have these or other albums of the same period, bring those in, so members can hold and feel the real thing.)
From the Spotify Playlist ...
... ask the relevant question below and play a track (or a verse and chorus) from each album and ask members to identify it.
Ask members to comment on the music, the lyrics, whether they have that album in their collection, what made it so popular etc.
What albums are missing from the list? Which would they add?
Ask members the following questions ...
Which album is the top selling internationally of all time? MICHAEL JACKSON'S 'THRILLER' - 66M SALES
Which album had the longest ever run in the charts (Billboard 200)? PINK FLOYD'S 'DARK SIDE OF THE MOON' - 942 WEEKS
Which British female artist was the first to have a number 1 song with a self written song? KATE BUSH; WUTHERING HEIGHTS
Which album was the first produced under the Virgin Records label? MIKE OLDFIELD'S 'TUBULAR BELLS'
Which album was based on a science fiction novel written by HG Wells in 1898? JEFF WAYNE'S 'WAR OF THE WORLDS'
Which artist was lead singer with the group Genesis? PHIL COLLINS
Which album was penned by a blind artist? STEVIE WONDER'S 'SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE'
Which album was sung by a man whose real name is Michael Lee Aday? 'BAT OUT OF HELL', MEATLOAF
Which album is written and performed by a group named after a bird? EAGLES, 'HOTEL CALIFORNIA'
Thinking of 'THE SOUND OF BREAD', can members name any different types of bread? FRENCH STICK, TIGER BREAD, WHITE TIN, GRANARY, RYE BREAD, SOUR DOUGH ETC
Can members name the 3 Bee Gee brothers, who wrote and performed 'SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER'? BARRY, MAURICE AND ROBIN
What might members have for 'BREAKFAST IN AMERICA'? PANCAKES WITH MAPLE SYRUP, BAGEL WITH CREAM CHEESE, MUFFIN WITH BACON AND EGGS OVER EASY OR SUNNY SIDE UP, CINAMMON ROLLS ETC
Which album contained a track used as the theme for BBC's Grand Prix and Formula One coverage? FLEETWOOD MAC'S 'RUMOURS' ('The Chain')
Which album has a track which contains the lyric "When you're down and out, feeling small. When tears are in your eyes, I will comfort you."? SIMON AND GARFUNKEL, 'BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS'
Which album had the singer songwriter feeling 'Blue'? JONI MITCHELL'S 'BLUE'
Which artist's religion was Rastafarian? (Apparently he was buried with his guitar, a soccer ball, a marijuana bud, a ring and a bible) BOB MARLEY
Which artist has the middle name Hercules? ELTON JOHN (Though his real name is Reg Dwight)
Which album contains the track 'SUPERSTAR'? CARPENTERS
Which album had Robert Plant singing about a 'Stairway' (to heaven)? LED ZEPPELIN V1
Which album contained an operatic song sung by Freddie Mercury? A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY)
On the cover of the David Bowie album, what was the character with the lightning bolt across his face? ALADDIN SANE
Who was the 'Piano Man'? BILLY JOEL
Which artist wrote a song about "The day the music (Buddy Holly) died? DON MCLEAN (AMERICAN PIE)
James Taylor had a hit off Carole King's album 'Tapestry'. What was it? YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND
The Beatles album 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was released in which year? 1967
Which group had a hit single with 'Thank You For The Music'? ABBA (THE ALBUM)
BONUS TRACKS (IF TIME)
Who sang that 'Music Was His First Love'? JOHN MILES
Who 'Wrote The Songs That Make The Whole World Sing'? BARRY MANILOW
'Video Killed The Radio Star' was a hit for which group? THE BUGGLES
Who was a morning DJ on W.O.L.D.? HARRY CHAPIN
Which group would like to 'Teach The World To Sing'? THE NEW SEEKERS
We have a facilitator and a client who both can play guitar; one electric, one acoustic. So we printed music sheets out for a few Beatles songs and 'jammed' for a while.
Other members took their choice of musical instrument from the 'music box' (which includes tambourines, shakers, triangle, xylophone, hand drum etc) and played along.
Of course, we all had song lyric sheets so we could sing-along, but due to the choice of music most members knew all the words anyways.
It was a lovely free music session, with everyone contributing something and much laughter at the odd 'bum note' or disintegrating ending.
A round of applause at the end of each song added to the overall 'live' feel of the performance.