I hadn't heard much 1940's music apart from the obvious Vera Lynn and such until a couple of years ago, when a chance purchase of a load of sheet music at a car boot sale gave me the best music education I've had in a long long time. The original intent was that I would be learning to play the music and singing with an acoustic guitar in care homes – but there was a huge flaw in that plan – I'm awful socially and not very confident so I had immense trouble connecting with people. Yet I love old people, I guess I just didn't know what to say to many of these strangers in the homes. However, the education was amazing and one I continue on today. It has widened my already unimaginable breadth of music love. So in this piece I'm hoping to share with you this knowledge and open up a whole era of new music to you. I find that a lot of the music that is played from that era is generally the war time pieces – many of these have sad or profound lyrics which will hold a variety of memories for those who were alive at the time, but there is SO much more music that was around in that decade and I'm going to focus generally on the more upbeat and less known ones.
When we talk about 'The Arts', people tend to only think about large stages and plush red velvet seats or big art galleries with installations that leave many scratching their head. The Arts though, is SO much more than that. It's every paper and magazine, every book, every website, every advert, the television, the radio and even every little thing you buy in the supermarket.
I briefly mentioned in my last piece my labor of love with the Dvorak pieces – but what was life like when he wrote them and what might his ideas be a reflection of? To get to the possibilities of it we need to look at what was going on at the time.
When they play the same pieces of music over and over – don't you think, what about all the other music? It doesn't matter what genre you listen to, the issue is the same. So, I'm going to introduce you to some lesser known composers and even some better known ones with less known music. I'm also going to let you into a few secrets about myself, who I am and why I'm so passionate about an industry that seems to be failing especially during the pandemic. Creativeness was classed by one newspaper as being 'unskilled' – clearly the writer was unskilled as they didn't realise the hours of practice and frustration that artists go through to play perfectly, sing, draw, write... the list goes on.