Saturday, 9 August 2014
TENORE - Tracks 7 and 8
This track wasn’t unexpected really as it’s the solo Jonathan sang when he was Russell Watson’s special guest during Russell’s UK tour earlier this year.
Isn’t it strange how you can hear or read the title of a piece of music and suddenly the melody and words are ‘just there’. This is what happened to me when I read that ‘So Deep Is The Night’ was to be track 8.
As yet I can’t remember why and where I learned the song and it’s irritating me. I won’t bore you with personal history but being brought up in a household in which classical music played a major role, could be something to do with it. Another scenario could be connected to my grandmother. She loved music but never did get the opportunity to learn an instrument, yet she had a fine piano in her ‘front room’. This had been purchased for the benefit of my mother, but she preferred to concentrate on her violin studies and the only person who showed an interest was me. Every now and again my grandmother would ask me to ‘play a wee tune for me’ and we’d discuss whether it would be Scottish music or classical. (I was fairly average at both but it didn’t seem to matter to my beloved granny).
She would sit on her cherished leather settee and sing along while I played the melody. That’s possibly why I know the words so well, because she never tired of hearing the same tune played over and over again. My repertoire was small but brought her so much pleasure.
So, when I hear Jonathan singing this one, I’ll close my eyes and drift back 60 years to pay my respects to the woman - full of fun and wisdom - who had the most profound and loving influence on me during my childhood.