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The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« on: January 29, 2019, 08:09:45 PM »

First go at summat a bit different - The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker).
Take off was ok but I encountered some turbulence on the journey and the landing was decidedly bumpy but I arrived at my destination in one piece.

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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2019, 10:14:00 PM »

Vair’ lovely.  You got the dots anywhere?
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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2019, 07:15:02 AM »

Sorry Chris, I couldn't find the dots anywhere!
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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2019, 08:42:06 AM »

I loved that! Great playing Martin, as ever.
I think doing 'other' tunes on melodeon shows exactly what can be done, and also it simply makes a change from what we normally do.
Thanks for sharing
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I think I'm starting to get most of the notes in roughly the right order...... sometimes!

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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2019, 10:49:11 PM »

Halloo

Perhaps I should explain where the tune came from.
John Betjeman was asked to make a recording of his poems set to the music of Jim Parker. He was reluctant at first and didn't warm to the result but, for my money, Betjeman's Banana Blush is a poignant snapshot of a slice of, albeit middle class, history, I've loved the recording since I first bought it in the early 70s and have always wanted to learn some of the tunes.

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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2019, 02:00:52 PM »

I have all three (yes, three!) of John Betjeman’s CDs with Jim Parker’s music.  In my opinion he transcends the limits of class and time.  Certainly his poetry is, as is John Donne’s and Shakespeare’s rooted in his position and time, but in its examination and analysis of eternal questions of human emotion and belief.  His “Song Of The Night Club Hostess” is a bleak commentary on ageing, loss and mortality.  His verse autobiography “Summoned By Bells” deals with the loss of illusions and conflict with parents and their disappointment in us which all too often accompanies coming of age.

The music on the CDs is pretty good too.
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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2019, 09:30:34 AM »

Well said everyone!  John Betjeman lived near where I went to school in Wantage and he used to come to our school plays and write letters about the school architecture.  I bought Banana Blush on vinyl and enjoy reciting the one about Captain Webb whenever swimming the channel is mentioned.  I also take a volume or two with me when holidaying anywhere near Rock/Padstow so that I can read out 'Seaside Golf' at his grave in St Enodoc.

I will have a listen to the Captain Webb poem again and see if the tune can be played on melodeon!
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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2019, 09:45:30 AM »


I will have a listen to the Captain Webb poem again and see if the tune can be played on melodeon!


X: 1
T:Captain Webb
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
A| B2 B BcB| B2 A A2 B| c2 c cdc| (B3 B2) c|
d2 d ed^c| d2 B G2 A| B2 B BA^G| (A3A) GA|
B2 B B2 c| B2 A A3| d2 d d2 e |d3 c3|
BAB c2 B| A2 G E2 G| DGA B2 G| A3 G3 ||
:e^d=d c3| e^d=d cd^d |e^d=d c2 G| A3 c3 |
BAB c2 B| A2 G E2 G| DGA B2G| A3 G3 :||

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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2019, 11:19:35 AM »

Martin, I've just listened again to The Flight from Bootle.
The way you just delicately touch the chin end accidentals to bounce or lead into another note is sublime. A lesson in subtlety.
Could watch it for hours.....
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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2019, 12:25:33 AM »

I have all three (yes, three!) of John Betjeman’s CDs with Jim Parker’s music.  In my opinion he transcends the limits of class and time. 

I believe that there are four collaborations between John Betjeman and Jim Parker (with the original year of release) [but I have not seen the 1977 one]:

Banana blush (1974)
Late flowering love (1974)
Sir John Betjeman's Britain (1977)
Varsity Rag (1981)

I suspect that the Betjeman/Parker collaborations are now held in higher esteem than they were at the time of issue.

Also, The Apollo Chamber Orchestra's album Jim Parker Concerto for clarinet and strings (1998) includes Betjeman's London poems.

And, Mike Read has also set Betjeman's poems to music on the CD Words / Music - Sir John Betjeman / Mike Read (2006) [published as a 14-track CD with a limited edition 15-track bonus CD].
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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2019, 07:30:06 AM »

Well said everyone!  John Betjeman lived near where I went to school in Wantage and he used to come to our school plays and write letters about the school architecture.  I bought Banana Blush on vinyl and enjoy reciting the one about Captain Webb whenever swimming the channel is mentioned.  I also take a volume or two with me when holidaying anywhere near Rock/Padstow so that I can read out 'Seaside Golf' at his grave in St Enodoc.

I will have a listen to the Captain Webb poem again and see if the tune can be played on melodeon!


The poem is actually called “A Shropshire Lad” and it is playable on a Melodeon because I’ve seen J.K. Playing it.
By the way, terrific playing Martin.
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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2019, 08:58:25 AM »

I've seen JK do it on the B/C/C# and on the Anglo, but... On a 2x8 melodeon?
Possibly - I've tried playing bits of it and it would quite likely all fit, with a little fakery.
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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2019, 05:07:37 PM »


I will have a listen to the Captain Webb poem again and see if the tune can be played on melodeon!


X: 1
T:Captain Webb
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
A| B2 B BcB| B2 A A2 B| c2 c cdc| (B3 B2) c|
d2 d ed^c| d2 B G2 A| B2 B BA^G| (A3A) GA|
B2 B B2 c| B2 A A3| d2 d d2 e |d3 c3|
BAB c2 B| A2 G E2 G| DGA B2 G| A3 G3 ||
:e^d=d c3| e^d=d cd^d |e^d=d c2 G| A3 c3 |
BAB c2 B| A2 G E2 G| DGA B2G| A3 G3 :||




.........er.............have you recorded it on your YouTube site Lester?
(and can I add my appreciation of the video of The Flight from Bootle - it's delightful.)
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Re: The Flight from Bootle (Jim Parker)
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2019, 05:35:05 PM »


I will have a listen to the Captain Webb poem again and see if the tune can be played on melodeon!


X: 1
T:Captain Webb
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
A| B2 B BcB| B2 A A2 B| c2 c cdc| (B3 B2) c|
d2 d ed^c| d2 B G2 A| B2 B BA^G| (A3A) GA|
B2 B B2 c| B2 A A3| d2 d d2 e |d3 c3|
BAB c2 B| A2 G E2 G| DGA B2 G| A3 G3 ||
:e^d=d c3| e^d=d cd^d |e^d=d c2 G| A3 c3 |
BAB c2 B| A2 G E2 G| DGA B2G| A3 G3 :||




.........er.............have you recorded it on your YouTube site Lester?
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