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Clive Williams

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Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« on: August 01, 2020, 07:29:10 AM »

With thanks to Paedar for his most excellent suggestion, Civil Engineering it is! That means anything covering manmade construction, so roads, tunnels, bridges, etc, all fair game. So would towns (a collection of buildings and roads!), and I do encourage the stretching of the theme in any way possible; the more stretched the connection, the better!

If you really can't think of anything, perhaps you might write something and name it after a local piece of civil engineering of note; around Milton Keynes, for example, I don't think anyone's written a tune called 250 roundabouts... yet. Who knows, there might be soon! 

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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2020, 08:28:41 AM »

With thanks to Paedar for his most excellent suggestion, Civil Engineering it is! That means anything covering manmade construction, so roads, tunnels, bridges, etc, all fair game. So would towns (a collection of buildings and roads!), and I do encourage the stretching of the theme in any way possible; the more stretched the connection, the better!

If you really can't think of anything, perhaps you might write something and name it after a local piece of civil engineering of note; around Milton Keynes, for example, I don't think anyone's written a tune called 250 roundabouts... yet. Who knows, there might be soon! 

Cheers,

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 :||:To get into the mood: this piece from 2 years ago, work-holiday in France. I played the melodeon and our friend wrote the lyrics. https://youtu.be/TozR4YzSLjA

Google translate: we are the workers
fierce workers, we solidify stone, solidify stone, solidify stone stone stone
we have to execution, we have to drag and are happy 1 for 1
we are the savage workers, we saw wood, wood, wood, we have to carry, we have to build
we are happy, young and old
we are the ferocious workers
forging steel, forging steel, forging steel, steel steel,
we have to burn, we have to smoke
and are all happy
we are the girls, the beautiful girls
we are so gentle, gentle gentle we will dance
we will sing, we will make love through the night
we are the workers, savage workers
and we are ready, then we are going to drink, we are going to smell, and we are happy together
we are the savage workers, and if we go
then our lives of work remain written
forever as scratches in the stone
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2020, 09:07:06 AM »

That was very nice, Janneke. Mind you, it sounded very Russian to my ears, and the "girls" was stretching it a bit, but still beautiful.
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 09:45:24 AM »

Thanks Clive!
Civil Engineering seemed a good idea when I suggested it. ::)
I am not convinced that towns as such are civil engineering works- and town walls are definitely out - that's military engineering. Drains on the other hand are in, as are canals, docks, lighthouses, dams, railways and polders.
I would look at the Civil Engineering theme from the opposite direction- and suggest contributors focus on  tunes closely associated with civil engineering - but not neccessarily tunes with British/anglophone roots.
As a starting point consider: Major works  celebrated by dedicated tunes - The High Level, commorating the 1840's building of the High Level Bridge across the Tyne an obvious example. Others (often songs) celebrated the armies of construction workers that lived in site based camps during the construction of major projects - MacAlpine's Fusiiers a well known example and Finally tunes associated with the generic celebrtion when the job was over - "See the conquering hero comes" appears to have been  hot favourite at railway openings in the mid 19th century.
And as Clive says if you are really stuck be inspired - if only by the roundabouts of Milton Keynes (or Livingston, Lothian - "Baile nan Dotaman").
Thanks again Clive...I'll squeeze something out of the concrete pump this month.
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2020, 09:50:48 AM »

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Dan gaan we drinken, Totdat we stinken
I love many things about the the Dutch, especially their sense of humour.
Also, it does indeed sound very Russian. I assume it's meant to be a parody of a Soviet government approved workers' song.
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2020, 09:52:00 AM »



 :||:To get into the mood: this piece from 2 years ago, work-holiday in France. I played the melodeon and our friend wrote the lyrics. https://youtu.be/TozR4YzSLjA



Janneke - That's fantastic - love it.
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2020, 09:56:29 AM »

town walls are definitely out - that's military engineering. Drains on the other hand are in
I think walls are fine.

As for drains: when I younger I met some civil engineering students and what they dreamed about was sewage schemes. It takes all sorts...

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Shush now, I was hoping to sneak that in before someone else thought of it....
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2020, 10:23:24 AM »

Peadar, are you going to give us a rendition of the Kishorn Commandos. They are near enough to your neck of the woods.  ;D
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2020, 10:32:57 AM »

That was very nice, Janneke. Mind you, it sounded very Russian to my ears, and the "girls" was stretching it a bit, but still beautiful.
Thank you! It is an Italian song.  Bella Ciao: According wikipedia: "Bella ciao" (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbɛlla ˈtʃaːo]; "Goodbye beautiful") is an Italian protest folk song that originated in the hardships of the mondina women, the paddy field workers in the late 19th century who sang it to protest against harsh working conditions in the paddy fields of North Italy. The song was modified and adopted as an anthem of the anti-fascist resistance by the Italian partisans between 1943 and 1945 during the Italian Resistance, the resistance of Italian partisans against the Nazi German forces occupying Italy, and, during the Italian Civil War, the Italian partisan struggle against the fascist Italian Social Republic and its Nazi German allies. Versions of "Bella ciao" are sung worldwide as an anti-fascist hymn of freedom and resistance.
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2020, 11:28:33 AM »

Peadar, are you going to give us a rendition of the Kishorn Commandos. They are near enough to your neck of the woods.  ;D
I was hoping you'd get there first 8)
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2020, 12:15:49 PM »


Thanks again Clive...I'll squeeze something out of the concrete pump this month.
 (:)

The Skye Bridge Song (same tune as the Skye Boat Song, because it crosses the same bit of water)?
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2020, 01:31:26 PM »

Peadar, are you going to give us a rendition of the Kishorn Commandos. They are near enough to your neck of the woods.  ;D
I was hoping you'd get there first 8)

I wish I had the dots or ABC for that tune.
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2020, 02:12:14 PM »


Thanks again Clive...I'll squeeze something out of the concrete pump this month.
 (:)

The Skye Bridge Song (same tune as the Skye Boat Song, because it crosses the same bit of water)?
Different bit of water. Different Song. Different Tune.

Orain na Drochaide (i.e. Song of the Bridge) was made as a campaign song by Dr Angus MacDonald circa 1995, during the campaign to get the tolls off the newly opened bridge. I can only remember one verse and the seisd.

Oran na Drochaide
            le Dr. Aonghas Domhnullach

Cuiridh sinn as na cisean na drochaide,
Ged bheireadh e bliadhn' is Cuirt na Roinn Eorpa,
Cuiridh sinn as na cisean na drochaide.

Thuirt Michael Forsyth nach phaigheadh e sgillin,
Sin mus chual' e mu Myrna 's na gillean,
Cuiridh sinn as na cisean na drochaide.

It isn't my song - so if anyone wants to use Google translate please do it privately.


Typo corrected. Accents omitted.
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2020, 03:32:49 PM »

Quick! Getting in this tune before anyone else does (everyone should feel free to post their own version of tunes already played of course, I'm just kidding).

I've gone for Jon Swayne's 'Motorway Mazurka' :-)

https://youtu.be/bupb_Aj39y8

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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2020, 11:07:23 PM »

I've gone for Jon Swayne's 'Motorway Mazurka' :-)

https://youtu.be/bupb_Aj39y8

Played on the Van der Aa in G/C, in C.

Clive, that's lovely. I knew you'd do more justice to the VdA than I ever could....
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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2020, 07:40:50 AM »

Cheers Guy :-) It's a lovely box!

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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2020, 10:21:14 AM »

I'm not having any luck working out the notes to Stairway to Heaven

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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2020, 11:15:36 AM »

I'm not having any luck working out the notes to Stairway to Heaven

JM

 ;D ;D ;D

Highway to Hell?
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I'm not having any luck working out the notes to Stairway to Heaven

JM

 ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Theme of the Month for August 2020: Civil Engineering
« Reply #19 on: August 02, 2020, 12:33:07 PM »

Of course, why didn't I remember it sooner. The ultimate civil engineer Calum MacLeod , as in Calum's Road.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkFpEi0FCDw

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