Trip to Durrow/Bank of Ireland

  1. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    Killing some time at home, leaving the window open to make sure there is still life out there. Trying to mimick Simon's natural touch by making it look more "live" and adding some ambient sound.

    Bank of Ireland ist a funny piece - I like to think that the A part is debit and the B part is credit.

  2. Ginny Aitchison
    Ginny Aitchison
    Thanks for this Bertram. I don't know this tune, will have to take a look at it. I like your 'natural' setting - Simon still wins with his feet dangling in the water though.
  3. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Nice one Bertram. I always love the control you have over those flying fingers!
    Ginny, knowing Bertram, I imagine he has his feet in a basin of water just to emulate Simon's outdoorsy vibe.
    Plenty of music on the go among us all, I imagine, and postings will be up.
  4. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Great playing Bertram, and nice to hear you.
    I too like those flying fingers, no indecision there! And I like seeing the tram going past, where do you live?

    I’ve not been playing much recently. Mainly just right hand exercises and coordination. It’s the lockdown. Life has suddenly changed.

    My apartment is in a 19th century building with thick stone walls, nice in the summer, but very old, thin, bouncy wooden floors. If I drop a pick the neighbours can hear it roll to the centre of the room. We are all in the building most of the time, so establishing new agreements has been problematic -just because everyone wants to get along, and there’s a strange feeling of silent respect. That’s until the 12 year old upstairs turns on the French pop music and does her daily 3 kilometre jog. And the bouncing ceiling makes me laugh, see kids, no respect!

    At eight o’clock at night the silence is suddenly disrupted by the church bells and then people open their windows and for a minute there’s a loud clammer with clapping and cheering and whistling like at a football match. Then silence again.

    At the moment if I go out I have to have a reason that’s on the French Government’s list, otherwise it’s a 135 euro fine, then 400+euros. Ambulance-cars race past every now and then, though I haven’t seen any police -they’re probably across in the city now. All the same, if I walk down to the stream in the little steep valley below the village here in the South of France, then I’m going to need something like a psychiatrist’s health certificate.

    A lot of people at the moment know that dangling your feet in streams is good for you, so getting that certificate to go out would probably be quite easy, though the medication not so.

    If I do lose it, I’ll go down to the stream and record some tunes for you at midnight. Though the place will probably be crowded!
  5. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    Thanks Ginny, John and Simon.
    John, the idea with the basin of water is absolutely hilarious - why didn't I think of that?
    Simon, I am in the Ruhr area, Europe's biggest urban place, but it feels like Legend right now (think: Will Smith). The sound of a tram every now and then is a welcome reassurance. No zombies at night - yet.
  6. Ginny Aitchison
    Ginny Aitchison
    It's chaos I tell you, chaos! I don't think Simon will have any trouble getting a psychiatrist's certificate, we could all sign a form or something. And to top it off Simon actually has a pick that rolls, what the heck are you using ?
  7. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    Chaos it is. Indeed, I got a form from my employer, so I'll be able to drive to work in case of a curfew.

    On the other hand, I heard the big difference between France and Germany is in the habit of panic-buying: German shops are out of toilet paper and noodles, French shops are out of red wine and condoms - if that is true, the French are in much less need of a certificate than the Germans.

    Meanwhile, there has been a proposal in the social media here that all musicians open their windows this Sunday 6pm and play to the neighborhood. I'm game.
  8. Gelsenbury
    So how was the Sunday evening open-window gig? My neighbour plays euphonium and obviously hadn't heard of this idea either - otherwise I'd have heard him!
  9. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    we opened our top floor windows and played a set of reels on OM and harmonica. No other window opened, nobody else tried to play. No response. Probably all were listening to the news: the German chancellor is quarantined, and there is a curfew in place (no more than two people may be seen together in public at a time).
  10. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    I played too! Really enjoyed it, thanks for the idea Bertram, I went through tunes from one repertoire book at random (in the morning too) and arrived at Round the Horn, I’d already annotated the chords (in G with even a Bm, Em at the end) played slow for a while with just chords and a then a sort of relaxed impro, slowing on the minors. 16 degrees C that evening. Next Sunday too.
  11. Frithjof
    Thanks for your musical greetings, Bertram.
    The problem on Sunday evening was probably that you played your OM so loud. Otherwise you could have heard me playing the Ode of Joy and the Lovers Waltz on my balcony. Only three degrees Celsius at my place.
    Letís do it again next week.
  12. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Ouch! 3 degrees Frithjof, that’s courageous!
    Yes me too, we could do a Sunday 6pm thread?

    I’d really like to get out on the roof, but not sure what my building compatriots would say!
    Cycled 2 miles down the hill today, came back empty handed, the queues, but happy for the exercise and fresh air. Had a cop frown at me in the street, I guess everyone picks up food in cars now.
    Also, funnily enough I’ve started to take out all the sad songs and tunes from one of my repertoire books.
  13. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    Since our local session has been separated, physically, one of our players thought of a simple procedure for making a virtual session with just two phones each and WhatsApp:

    It's like a steampunk version of the kind of collaboration we have seen here on SAW, but not less fun for it.
  14. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    What a great way to spend time playing along with others. You all seemed to be having a ball. Wish I had shares in any of the phone companies right now!
  15. Don Grieser
    Don Grieser
    Love the virtual session! Need the banjo recorded first so we can hear your octave better although that's probably how it'd sound in the pub.
  16. Frithjof
    Great idea by your session mate and 5:25 min fun for us.
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