A long distance wedding performance.

… or Pandemic Schmandemic#2

This post follows Pandemic Schmandemic#1 (check the link if you want to know what happened before).

Once upon a time several decades ago, my sister told me of an early childhood memory of me playing the theme tune to a children’s television show on my brother’s guitar (Pat had set it aside once he’d discovered girls). The show was called ‘Tales of the Riverbank’, an English river setting where a bunch of small, furry animals got up to all kinds of mischief, such as driving tiny boats or flying miniature planes.

When Barbara called to share the news that she and Ian were finally going to tie the knot, sis asked me to play ‘Tales of the Riverbank’ at the wedding, along with a bunch of other requested songs (see Pandemic Schmandemic#1). I dragged the short guitar piece from my 40-odd-year steel trap memory and re-learned it. Last week, a month after recording the work, I actually researched grainy and muffled show snippets on YouTube to realise that while I’d got most of it, I’d not actually recalled the tune holus-bolus. 

Pffft; creative licence.

Still, it was the musical work that encouraged me to venture from strumming basic guitar chords to venturing into finger-style playing, and so it held a special place in my musical heart. Just this morning I discovered it was not a mere ditty composed for the TV show’s intro / outro. The work actually had a proper title: Raccolta op. 43 no. 6: Andante in C by Mauro Giuliani. So, I’d gone and bastardised the first 30 seconds (used for the theme) of an actual work of classical music.

Signore Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani is probably rolling in his grave, and rightly so. I wonder how bloody Australian upstart sounds in 1900’s Italian?

Barbara also requested I play one of my own compositions; ‘Adelina’ from my CD titled ‘The Tramp: The Music of Robert Aitken’ although fortunately I didn’t need to re-learn that one. As both are short pieces; ‘Raccolta op.43′ in the key of C (as the title states) and ‘Adelina’ in D, I decided to roll them together, so developed a brief modulation to link the tunes.

Kathy and I decided on a place in the garden beneath a sprawling golden ash as the setting, with our new music studio, impressive elkhorn colony, other ferns and North Wind Man as a backdrop.

Tales of the Riverbank (arrangement of Mauro Giuliani’s Raccolta op. 43 no. 6 in C) and Adelina (Michael Cannon from The Tramp: The Music of Robert Aitken)

Look out for next week’s ‘Blackbird’ instalment with Pandemic Schmandemic#3.