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The Bandits: Our Favourite Band

10 Oct
The Bandits

The Bandits

For over four years, Ron and I have followed the Sydney-based cover band ‘The Bandits’, attending most of their concerts.

We love to hear their music — the best from the fifties though to the eighties — such as ‘Needles and Pins’, ‘Bus Stop’,  ‘Dance the Night Away’, ‘All My Lovin’ and ‘Friday on My Mind’.

It’s hard to resist getting up and dancing! And I for one seldom miss an opportunity.

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Let’s Dance!

22 Sep

Several times a month, Ron and I follow our favourite cover band, The Bandits, to various venues in Sydney. We love to hear their wonderful renditions of many of the greatest hits of the sixties, seventies and eighties; tunes made famous by both top Australian and overseas artists.

Sometimes, the band leader, Paul, encourages the audience to sing along; though many, both on the dance floor and in the background, need no encouragement, at least to mime.

Waiting for the music to begin....

Waiting for the music to begin….

The Bandits Band

The Bandits Band

 

Music can weave a special magic. What else can create such dramatic shifts in mood?

Whether you’re there to dance or just to listen, it’s easy to get transported to another time, another place: back to one’s younger days!

Happy New Year: Music to my Ears

1 Jan

New Year’s Eve 2012: what a night!

Many choose to see in the new year by dancing, and/or  listening to music. And what better way to be thus entertained than by one of Sydney best cover bands, The Bandits.

As the vocals dictate, lead singer Paul sometimes delegates his role to either Gary or Conrad:  all the while brilliantly supported by drummer Warwick. Their  engaging renditions of many immensely popular tunes  from the sixties to the eighties make for a night to remember.

From spirited performances of  ‘Dance the Night Away’, ‘Honey

The Bandits on New Year's Eve

The Bandits on New Year’s Eve

Don’t’, and ‘Rockin’ All Over the World’  to the gentler, midnight classic ‘Olde Lang Syne’, we in the audience are given the all-embracing balm of sounds we love to hear, so often stirring memories of our youth. For a moment, we are eighteen again!

As the hours continue to speed joyfully past, many of our day-to day cares have, as if by magic, been effortlessly whisked away; replaced by powerful enthusiasm for life: for music!

Happy New Year!

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Music and Dancing: What a Combination!

7 Oct
The Bandits Band, with Margaret

The Bandits Band is ready to play, and Margaret is thinking about dancing.

Band leader Paul, and Margaret
Band leader Paul, and Margaret

When life is good and you want to show it:  dance!

When life is worrying and you’re feeling low: dance!

And what better tunes to hear and to dance to are the wonderful classics from the fabulous fifties to the exciting eighties!

And what better band to play these gems is Sydney’s awesome cover band, The Bandits!

Presented in their own inspiring way, The Bandits have been pleasing crowds for years, performing tunes made famous by Herman’s Hermit’s, The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Edison Lighthouse to name just a few.

They say laughter is the best medicine, and maybe it is, but listening and dancing to great Rock and Roll must surely rate the closest of seconds!

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My Most Loved Musical Experience: A Schubert Impromptu

1 Jun

Do you have a special piece that never fails to move you?

For me,  it’s the sublime Schubert Impromptu Opus 90 #3 in G flat.

I’m ashamed to admit that I’d never heard it until Ron, my husband, introduced this remarkable piece to me more than a decade ago. So taken by its absolute beauty, its incredibly powerful evocation that touched me very deeply, I decided to learn to play it on my piano.

It’s not an easy piece, at least for someone of my limited ability, but I stuck at it and managed to be able to get through it in its entirety, though slowly. Even this level of performance gave me pleasure.

But how much greater is my enjoyment when I hear it played by a master! Then, I’m free to concentrate on the music and the moods its builds so effortlessly. At this very moment, I can hear it. It is truly the most beautiful thing on this earth.

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There’s Something about Dancing….

20 May

There’s something about dancing! Where else than at such a venue would you perform that way; smile at strangers near and far; display exuberance in such an unashamed manner?

Can you imagine the stares that such behaviour would attract in any other situation? The degree of self-consciousness that one would normally feel if one was being watched by a crowd, showing your reactions to your feelings?

And of the music itself: a type of therapy, I believe, that at least for a while  makes us focus on something outside our own little world, and can invoke all kinds of emotions.

Music and dancing, especially ad-lib dancing, must surely hold a very special place in society. Where would we be without it?

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A Meeting of Musical Minds

29 Apr

It isn’t every day that a celebrity visits us, but very recently we had that privilege.

The lead singer and founder of Sydney’s cover band ‘The Bandits’ spent part of his afternoon in our company, discussing with lively interest the popular music of the 60’s to 80’s,  and branching off into talk of guitar accessories.

My husband Ronald Sharp, the esteemed pipe organ builder, and I have become loyal, enthusiastic fans of Paul and ‘The Bandits’. They are superb entertainers, and  we never tire of their ever-increasing repertoire. Some of our favourite tunes are  evergreens such as  ‘Love is in the Air’, ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘La Bamba’, but, with Paul, Conrad, Gary and Warwick on the lookout for other great material, we’re often treated to new, highly danceable numbers.

Long live the great Australian band, ‘The Bandits’!

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What Music did you Grow Up With?

24 Nov

Thinking back to your early life, what music do you remember with affection?

I must have been born under a lucky star, for I was born in the mid 1950’s, and therefore grew up listening to some of the greatest, most enduring modern music.

Through the magic of the internet, I’ve just watched and listened to some of my all-time favourites. ‘Love is in the Air’, ‘The Carnival is Over’, ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘There’s a Kind of Hush’, ‘A World of Our Own’ to name just a few.

My husband Ronald Sharp the Sydney Opera House Organ builder tells me he’s only lately discovered some of these tunes, and loves them too. As a devotee of classical music, Ron’s glowing endorsement of these masterpieces of post 1950 reinforces my elevated opinion.

Our joy in this spills over to following an excellent, local band which performs these in an inspiring manner. Who can resist dancing, either on the floor or in spirit?

Can one overestimate the power and magic of music?

What Develops our Taste in Music?

8 Oct

Have you ever wondered why? Why does your taste in music differ from, say, your child’s, your neighbours’, or your work-mates’?

Is appreciation of music an instinctive reaction, or is it learned? Is it influenced, strongly or mildly, by peers, or other society?

If your taste differs markedly from your partner, friend, or relative, do you willingly, even proudly, tell them? Or do you take another other tack : say nothing, feign approval, or water down your true feelings?

Why do you like what you like? Is it within you, as an individual: or is it a response to your environment, partly or wholly?

Has your taste changed as the years passed? Do, or will, you love as a sixty year old what you despised as a sixteen year old? Will you reject in maturity what you embraced as a youngster?

Or will you love, perhaps with even greater intensity, what you loved all your life?

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The Magic of Music

3 Oct

What has greater influence on our moods than music?

I guess you can name many emotion-charged events, or even mundane activities,  that impact on your emotions, and yet….

Music is special, transcending above so much that is ordinary. What else can set our feet tapping, entice us to dance, put a smile on our face, make us burst into song, or even shed a tear: almost, if not quite, spontaneously?

What else can take us back to another time, another place, another interaction?

How many people love all types of music? How many enjoy just a few?

Does our taste in music reveal who we really are?

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