This Blog is dedicated to the
notion that whilst we grow in
many ways through the long
years of our lives the music
that my generation fell in love
with as a teenager is more than
nostalgia it had something genuine
and unique to say and was the
beginning of many more journeys,
many of which are reflected here.
Friday, 23 November 2012
Pictures of You - Downes Braide Association
In the closing weeks of 1980 new music emerged
from a respected successful keyboard player and a great vocalist where the sum
was greater than the two parts and created an identifiable musical style of its
own. Not only was the music of the highest quality it was also very accessible
and gave them a 10 ten hit.
Here we are in 2012 and some morning warm ups from
early 2011 have been turned into a project full of energy, life, sophistication,
great singing and superbly orchestrated keyboard playing.
Jon and Vangelis "Short Stories" was a breath of
fresh air and gave us some great sophisticated pop music, so does "Pictures of
The CD opens with the pocket symphony of “Sunday News
Suite” a great vocal narrative and wonderful shifts of tempo and pace, giving it
a musical gravitas, and ends with the gorgeous reading by Chris of “Sky Sailor”.
For those looking for renewal whether personally or collectively the lyric to
the latter hits right between the eyes. There is magic out there just seize it
and go the distance.
In between these two stand out pieces are a range of carefully crafted songs with great hooks and melodies which showcase Geoff’s ability to orchestrate and arrange great pop music. Incidentally listen out for the Fly From Here and Video Killed ...musical quotes.
It is not Messiaen, Crimson, Bartok or John
Coltrane but it is a great part of my musical day. This is music to warm you
up, make your feet tap, bring a smile to your face and take you to place of
light hearted joy. As well as the emotional returns from this music one can draw a good deal of pleasure just from listening to this as an example of peerlessly crafted lyrics,
given a beautiful vocal performance and supported by a well judged and appropriate application of keyboard technique and technology.