Friday, July 20, 2012

Funky Friday

It was one of those moments in life when it makes an impression for the rest of your life.
This moment was Stephane Grapelli. It was the summer of 1979 - I was living in San Francisco and training and racing on the West Coast cycle scene just taking in the life of a full time cyclist, reading, listening to music and generally having a great time.

I visited the many book shops and music shops there and I brought back a heap of books and LPs. One of them that I heard in a record shop was Uptown Dance by Stephane Grapelli. I had no idea of what or who was a Stephane Grapelli but I heard this great jazz sound filtering out of the speakers and had to know who it was. As it turned out, this LP was from the store owners private collection and was now out of stock in the US.

I returned home from the Californian summer  to Melbourne's summer with the sound still in my ears.
I was to discover that my subscription record club had Uptown Dance available in its monthly selections - it still brings back memories of that San Franciscan summer in 79'. Do you have any memories that ignite after a special song or piece of music. I'd like to know.


  1. Queen's 'The show must go on' carried me through dark times and always lifted my spirits. Even now, when my life is a super duper place to be living in, when I hear that song I still feel lifted up.

    1. Vera,
      I imagine you are a very positive person and if you do get a little fazed, you just get on with the job and move on. Enjoy your ramblings by the way.

  2. Good for you Vera - music should always take us to places in our memory.

  3. My Mum had always said that the very old song of Deep Purple meant a lot to her, strange that when ever I hear it now that it brings back wonderful memories of her.

    When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls
    And the stars begin to twinkle in the sky—
    In the mist of a memory you wander back to me
    Breathing my name with a sigh...

    Hope there are no problems for Bradley today, he has ridden a magnificent race.

    Enjoy what is left of your weekend. Diane x

    1. I just did a Google on that song and listened to Bing Crosby singing it.
      As for Brad - he's home and hose and great for the Brits.
      So if his father was Australian, can we say Australia has won the TdF 1 and 1/2 times now. Don't forget his great Sky support team full of Aussies.
      Great success for the Brits seriously with their first FIRST.


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