“If music be the food of love, play on” is, as everyone knows, a quote from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Scene 1, Act one. For those purists amongst you, the full quote spoken by Duke Orsino is: “If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it; that surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die”.
Why am I wittering on about Shakespear? It wasn’t Shakespear so much as the quote itself. It got me thinking about how music forms an integral part of Purple Conversations everyday life.
Carole, as I am sure you are all aware, is a presenter on Hailsham 95.9 fm. A local community radio station based in Hailsham, East Sussex. She is privileged to present Monday’s Drivetime Show from 16.00 to 19.00 and the Friday Afternoon Show 13.00 to 16.00. I often go along to help or should that be hinder her! So for 6 hours a week, she gets to play all her and she hopes some of your favourite tracks. Tracks that have stood the test of time. That envoke memories, lift the spirit and make you happy. Shush, don’t tell everyone, but if you tune in on 95.9 fm and join in the fun with her regular features, Guess The Year, School Run Tunes she might, if you ask nicely, play your favourite track too.
Saturday 1st September 2018, both Carole and I, together with another friend, went along to The Gateway, Cafe, Centenary Park, Peacehaven to a Charity Music Night in support of the Sussex Heart Charity. Music was performed by local revival band The Relics. Carole & I both love to dance so a good night was had by all.
Friday 7th September 2018 I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP Gala Night re-opening of the refurbished auditorium at The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford. The cast provided us with a fabulous Summer Nights Variety Show. This featured top songs from beloved musicals and musical films including ‘Annie’,’The Greatest Showman’, ‘Grease’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Hamilton’ and many more. This really is a little gem hidden in the Saxon Lane Carpark!
Saturday 8th September, saw us at the Pavilion Theatre Hailsham, to a Singalong Showing of Grease. This was in aid of the Hailsham Festival (which runs until 23rd September 2018, and was arranged by Hailsham 95.9fm and sponsored by Brooklyn Hyundai Seaford. A special thank you to Gerri Orri, Managing Director of Brooklyn Hyundai and his guests for joining us on the night. A great time was had by all. Carole & I both wore fancy dress with a Grease theme. If you pop over to our facebook page, you will find pictures of us on the night!
Whilst on the thread of Music, Purple Conversations is very privileged to announce a new regular music columnist commencing in October, Sharon Davis. Sharon is also a presenter for Hailsham 95.9fm. She presents the specialist show Soul & Motown on a Saturday from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Sharon has a very special history having met and worked with a large number of the all-time greats of Motown. She will be sharing her unique insight with you over the coming months.
We will be bringing you lots of music news and events over the coming months. Please let us know your favourite music memories by joining us on our Facebook page.