MEMORIES FROM THOSE WHO ATTENDED FRIENDS' SCHOOL, SAFFRON WALDEN

Music, plays etc 2

Fiona Wood [Adler]: Yes, I remember with nostalgia a lot of the music mentioned already. From the early years “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” by Procul Harum (sp?) in the third(?) form and then all the Beatles’ albums over the years.. which reminds me.. I have accused my sister Helen of pinching my single of “Hey Jude” for years. She insists she didn’t so is there anyone out there was a guilty conscience???? Heavy music playing in the “Opium Den” stirs memories and I have to smile when I tell my 12 year old son that his Linkin Park and other such music is a lot of horrible noise and how silly the names are… I should know better! It’s all been before but it was so much better then…. Shan, I remember that you sold us lots of albums once when someone, was it a chef, had to leave rather suddenly from your parents’ hotel? I bought a few including one by James Taylor.. and you could understand the words! Memories too of Carol King’s “Tapestry”… Granny King as she now is! I still play the piano music occasionally… it’s 31 years old but timeless nevertheless. There was the classical side too with Ben Rivers on the piano and the lovely John Catchpole on the clarinet.. a great inspiration. “Pracci” time playing anything but what you were supposed to and certainly never your scales!

David Stuckey
David Stuckey

Photo by Simon Colbeck

Louis Mair: Congratulations to Jumbo Barker who recently played bass guitar with the re-formed Red Express. Red Express are the seventies funk experience who once tried to save music from punk rock! Then and now photographs at: www.redexpress.net/

31 Songs (apologies to Nick Hornby)
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross Played again and again and again…
Beatles – All you need is love The Valentine’s distribution at breakfast
Black Sabbath – Paranoid Who wasn’t?
King Crimson – 21st century schizoid man see above
Sweet – Blockbuster Julian Hartley used this to test his 15″ speaker cabinets
Simon and Garfunkel – Old friends From Bookends, better than BOTW
Rolling Stones – Midnight rambler A live recording, scary
Bob Dylan – Maggies farm Intense debates on Dylan: poet or not?
Jimi Hendrix – Long hot summer night Or all of Electric Ladyland
Carole King – It’s too late Major songwriter, reluctant performer
James Taylor – Country road You can still hear his words
Led Zeppelin – The lemon song Zep great on re-mastered CD!
Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Take a pebble ELP has not lasted well
Deep Purple – Smoke on the water Darkened fifth form common room
Steppenwolf – Born to be wild ‘Easy Rider’ at the flea pit cinema
Percy Sledge – When a man loves a woman A smooch as the last dance
Roy Harper – The same old song David Stuckey playing, as seen above.
Jeff Beck – Ol’ man river From ‘Truth’ my favourite album of all time
T Tex – Metal guru They all sound the same anyway
Mungo Jerry – In the summer time On the school field
Beatles – Happiness is a warm gun Alone in being allowed two songs
Grand Funk – In need Loud and crude, who?
Elton John – Your song Read Philip Norman’s biography
Santana – Black magic woman Still playing a distinctive style
Procul Harum – Whiter shade of pale Another smooch
Melanie – Candles in the rain or Left over wine, with passion
Francoise Hardy – All over the world … very sophisticated
Allman Brothers – Mountain Jam Long guitar solos
Ten Years After – Love like a man With a riff I could almost play on David’s guitar
Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine Even better stuff later
Cream – I feel free The super group, short-lived
Rod Stewart – Stay with me Sing-a-long lads

I can’t count.
Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
Led Zeppelin – Dazed and Confused

New 2013: If you use Spotify (free or paid access), you can hear this playlist.

New for 2016: The addition of The Beatles to Spotify has enabled the completion of the 3 hour 12 minute playlist with:
Beatles – Happiness is a Warm Gun
Beatles – All You Need is Love
Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
Beatles – Let it Be
Beatles – Hey Jude

More suggestions and memories welcomed (Angus)

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