Daily Archives: December 1, 2006 10:52 pm

Warm-up à la Jackie Barratt: – Georgia on my mind


This is day 1 in my Dance Inspirations Advent Calendar (II)

I’d only have to play a couple of chords of Georgia on my mind for warm-up and Jackie Barratt would melt. What a great way to start a class. It makes me melt too, and here’s why.

During my student days over 25 years ago, I bought a double LP from the Army & Navy stores in Victoria called And the Bands Played On, released by the BBC, which had a selection of songs from World War II on it. I think I bought it because I didn’t have any records with me in London at the time, and I picked up the first one I saw.

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Welcome to Advent Calendar II


During Advent of last year, I wrote tributes to the people of the dance world who’d been an inspiration to me as a musician, and called it my Dance Inspirations Advent Calendar (you have to scroll down to the bottom and read it backwards, of course). On Christmas day, I invented a ‘menu‘ of music to go with each person. “Each piece of music reminds me in a special way of the person they are associated with below, for reasons which I’d go into if I didn’t have to put a turkey in the oven myself”, I said.

Well, I don’t have to put a turkey in the oven for another 24 days, so welcome to my Advent 2006 calendar where I reveal some of the thoughts that go through my head while I’m playing.