A few words on G&S

As the title of this blog comes from a song by Gilbert and Sullivan (G&S) I think perhaps I will say a few words on what they mean to me. If you would like to know more about them you can of course  click on the link to Wikipedia above. In this piece I will only talk about my own personal experience with this musical duo.

My first experience with G&S goes back a long way to the mid-1980s when I watched the film “The Pirate Movie” which is based on the operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” I couldn’t get enough of the songs in this now very dated and somewhat difficult to watch film, but as a child I loved it. Should you wish to watch it yourself (though I admit I have not really given it a huge endorsement), you can on YouTube.

A decade passed before my next encounter with these giants of satirical opera. I next came across them while on holiday in Portugal. My family had rented a villa in the Algarve, it was a beautiful house with many facilities including a well stocked library and music collection. Looking through the cassettes I came across the a mix tape of songs from various G&S operettas, though from that time the one that stands out most clearly in my mind is “Tit Willow” as I played this at full volume from the living room whilst swimming in the pool until my parents asked (ordered) I turn it down or in the case of my sister, off. This started a more constant love affair with these two Victorian giants of musical theatre. Every subsequent birthday or Christmas for many years after I requested tapes and CDs of G&S, full operettas and compilations, my favourite being a collection of gramaphone recordings. I was even taken to see a wonderful amateur production of “HMS Pinafore“, with my family and we all enjoyed it apart from the journey home when we ran out of petrol and had to call out the AA and a dear friend took me to see a student production of “The Sorcerer” whilst we were studying at Edinburgh University. If I had been blessed with more musical talent I rather fancy I would have enjoyed performing myself.

By a strange coincidence there is a plaque to Arthur Sullivan in my hometown, as he spent some time there in his youth although the location is not very salubrious seeing as the current location is a rather horrid looking modern McDonald’s.

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Although I do not listen to G&S on a daily basis like I once did I certainly find myself coming back to them from time to time and their jolly music combined with witty lyrics never fails to cheer me up and even though they wrote over one hundred years ago some of their satirical humour is applicable to the political and social conditions of today. If you have an open mind and a love of all things music then why not give them a go? You may be surprised.

 

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Welcome

If perchance you have stumbled across this little blog of mine, I welcome you. Please feel free to have a look around and if you should care to comment I will certainly welcome any constructive feedback.

So what is the purpose of this blog? Well, to be honest it is just an outlet for me to post and display anything that I may find interesting or inspiring, as well as somewhere for me to express my opinions on a wide range of subjects. You may agree or disagree with me and that is fine, certainly it would be very boring indeed if we all had the same opinions about things.

There will probably be very little structure to this blog and the posts will not have any set themes, some days I may write about food, other days it may be poetry or travel or music….I think you get the idea. I am always open to learning new things and meeting new and interesting people so once again I say to you, feel free to comment and recommend things you find interesting and inspiring, anything that adds just a little more beauty and meaning to your day.

The title of this blog “Never mind the why and wherefore” comes from a song in the Gilbert and Sullivan satirical operetta HMS Pinafore and this fits with the concept behind the blog, that no justification is required of myself or anyone when it comes to what they feel enriches their lives.