WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
There is still FROST in the morning!
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
The BIG 5-0 by Jimi Dewhirst
The BIG 5-0 by Jimi Dewhirst
SOME OF MY DOINGS.
This last week has been a mix of a reading, writers groups and questions. Answering the questions forming the main part of my activity, as the poets who are attending the Poets Trail workshops are fired up with ideas that they want to research and are firing emails at me for guidance on all sorts of subjects from Wolf Spiders, to brickworks, coal mining. I have had two people who have sent examples of excellent poetry to see if it their thoughts are heading in the right direction. I think all of this activity is wonderful and it is great to see the shared passion for the project is equal to mine. I am looking forward to the next workshop on Saturday.
I have also received a lot of kind comments from the participants on the first workshop, who appreciated the structure and content and found it motivating them to explore new ideas. So my concerns on my previous blog as to whether the balance was right was unfounded and I can now focus on making sure the rest of the workshops are inspiring and fun. The first workshop was very much a classroom based workshop, the rest will be out in the field, experiencing the place and enticing some communication with the genius loci.
The fifty minute piece of music, THE BIG 5-0, that has been created by my son Jimi as his gift for my 50th birthday is completed and I am proudly listening to it on the car stereo as I drive from workshop to gig to writing group.
The piece consists of five ten minutes sections each representing a decade of my life, the themes have been drawn from events, objects and activities that have been important to me and which Jimi has picked as being part of the memories that I have passed on to him.
The first section Swooping Eagle, takes as its theme the moon landing of Apollo 11 in 1969. Jimi fondly remembers the thoughts I had about the event, how it captured my imagination as 9 year old that saw me devouring any newspaper reports, TV and radio news. The music has a mix of soft ambient sounds that reflect what we would imaging the peacefulness of space along with driving rhythms that define the movement of the spacecraft. Mixed over this is the actual communications between Houston and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrian as they guide the Eagle landing craft down on to the surface of the moon at Tranquillity Base.
The next section is a comic based piece entitled TV was a little fuzzy in the 70’s and uses extracts from Monty Python, Carry on films amongst others to provide a montage of the best known lines from these examples of the 1970’s film and television. Jimi has further added to the comedy by mixing them up and editing them to create a new comic rendition.
The third section has a very 80’s feel with its synthesised sounds and drum beats – it is entitled Gotta get a Filofax. This is the first period of my life that Jimi was part of so the ideas come from his actual memories rather than what I have passed on to him as one of my memories. This was the last of the tracks to be completed and you can see the development of his skills in putting this and the last two pieces together. He has a clearer understanding and is prepared to push his new skills further.
The fourth piece is called Gedcom Knights and reflects my interest in Genealogy that I actively pursued with my brother Gordon in the 1990’s. – It starts with an Elizabethan sounding guitar which reflects that we managed to trace our Dewhirst ancestors back to 1572. Jimi adds in drum beats that at times are very tribal, English tribal, again linking in with the theme. There are several sections that provide the sound of a tree growing as if it grew from a seedling to be full grown branched and leafed in two minutes. This is topped of with a poem that he has written, which takes in aspects of our name and how it has been represented. It is an excellent poem and shows that he also has the potential as a wordsmith.
The final piece is entitled Paper Prisons and is driven completely by drum beats, that reflect the monotony of having to do a day job, whilst wanting to pursue other more creative vocations such as writing and film making. From the age of seven I have wanted to be a writer and it wasn’t until I turned forty that I actively pursued writing as major part of my life.
This is an absolutely wonderful eclectic collection of sound vistas that hold rhythms and words that reflect my life so far. This is by far the greatest present he could have given me, using his talents, he has researched the themes and then spent countless hours interpreting them into a sound track that I am truly honoured to receive.
There will only ever be two copies of this wonderful piece, so to get a feel for what Jimi has achieved follow his future work on the films we will be making this summer.
In the meantime listen to his earlier work on my film Yell! Follow the link, start the film running, close your eyes and just listen.
World Book Night saw Rach Flowers and Rach Gee handing out books in Nuneaton Market as previously mentioned in my blog. The two Rach’s had a great deal of fun and following a radio interview on BBC Coventry and Warwick had book receivers heading into town to specifically to pick up a copy of Seamus Heaney’s poems.
The success of this event has fired up the imaginations of the Market management team and Waterstones to maybe hold another poetry day in Nuneaton in the summer, if anything develops on this I will let you know through this blog.
In the meantime here is a photo of the two Rach’s dressed to give away books.
COMING SOON DOINGS
I will be reading at the following events during March.
St Patrick’s Day Festivities – 16th March – Inspire Bar – Coventry.
Spoken Worlds – 18th March – Rangemore House – Burton-on-Trent.
Shindig – 20th March – The Jam Café – Nottingham.
The Fizz – 22nd March – Polesworth Abbey – Polesworth.