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Dearest Princess Amelia, your Mummy and Daddy told me a few days ago that you had told them what your three favourite words are. They said that love, happy and hope are your favourite words. Well I believe that is a fantastic set of words to have as favourites and if you don’t mind I would like to borrow them and make them my favourites as well. If you always consider love, happiness and hope in everything that you do then I believe that you will have a wonderful life and you will make life better for everyone that you come into contact with too. To me you are and will always be a very loving, very happy girl who has a heart full of hope. As your Odd Father I have to say please don’t ever stop being that girl, even when you are much older! Anyway I thought that I would try to sum up those three words of yours in three songs.

tumblr_m49slrKbBa1rwrcuso1_500The first is all about love and it tells you that love is all you need. Well that is partly true, but I think you know that what you also need is happiness and hope. So to make you feel a little happy there is a fabulous song called, simply, “Happy”. Finally I thought for a long while about the most hopeful song that I know and it came down to a simple choice in the end. It is one of my favourite ever songs from one of my very favourite singers it is Johnny Nash with “I Can See Clearly Now”. I hope that you enjoy these three songs and that maybe they stay with you, particularly in times when maybe you might feel a little bit sad. Just remember that sometimes it is OK to feel like that but never forget that there is always hope and that you will always be loved.

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Dearest princess Amelia it is time for the November post. In fact may I beg your royal forgiveness as it is a little late as it is now December? The subject for this issue will be colours and you will learn over time that there are many, many songs indeed that are about colours. I intend to give you just a few of those today. I hope that you like them. I will start with the wonderful “I Can Sing A Rainbow” which has the line “Red and Yellow and Pink and Green, Orange and Purple and Blue” and it will be those seven colours that we will also cover in song. I hope that you and the good people of Godderwil enjoy them all.

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Dearest Princess Amelia I do hope that you have recovered from the fright that my fancy dress face paint gave you at your Daddy’s 50th Jubilee birthday shindig in Godderwil a few weeks ago. I certainly didn’t mean to scare you.

It’s nearly the end of June and I haven’t given you a monthly blog post yet, so here it is. This time I would like to introduce you to one of my favourite bands of all time. They have been the inspiration for many bands and were at the forefront of the rise of punk music. They are the brothers that aren’t really brothers, they are cartoon punks, they are the granddaddies of New York punk, they are Joey, Johnny, Tommy and Dee Dee, they are da Brudda’s, they are the RAMONES!!!!!!!

When they formed in New York in 1974 and at some point decided to take different names but with the same surname. They chose Ramone because Paul McCartney once used the name Paul Ramon to hide his real identity. The bands real names are;

Joey = Jeffry Hyman

Johnny = John Cummings

Tommy = Thomas Erdelyi

Dee Dee = Douglas Colvin

A number of people have become a Ramone for a while, particularly drummers. One of the interesting drummers that played with the band was known as Elvis Ramone, but really he was Clem Burke the drummer from Blondie.

The band played 2,263 gigs over 22 years ending with a farewell show at the Lollapalooza Festival in the USA in 1996. Their songs are generally very fast and very short and often feature a 1, 2, 3, 4 count in at the start. They even have a catch phrase wich comes from their song “Pinhead”. That phrase is ‘Gabba Gabba Hey‘ which in turn comes from the rather strange and possibly scary 1932 movie called ‘Freaks‘. the line in the film was ‘gooble, gobble, we accept her, we accept her, one of us, one of us’ . The band have also appeared on the Simpsons.

Sadly the three founder members; Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee have now all passed away so we will never be able to see them play live again. But they have left behind some fantastic songs. You can enjoy a few of them now. I think you should sing along and dance and I think you should call yourself Amelia Ramone for the day.

Amelia (and obviously anyone else who is reading this post) are you all sitting comfortably again? Did you enjoy last months story? Ok then let’s begin another story about some wonderful (and possibly not so wonderful) music. Growing up is full of lessons, some you remember and some you forget. One of the ones that many people don’t forget is what their first dance craze was. Mine was probably the Twist, but it could so easily have been the Hucklebuck or the Mashed Potato. They were in the 60s and later the 70s brought us the Funky Chicken, the Funky Penguin, the Soul City Walk and the Hustle along with many others. I can also claim the honour of not only seeing your Granddad perform the Hustle but also teaching him the steps. I’ll let you into a little secret though, I made those steps up!There was also the Bump, which I won’t go into here, but Amelia you really should talk to your Mummy about a song called “The Bump” by Kenny. It’s a song that your Mummy loves, but it really isn’t very good and I think only you can convince her that her taste in 70s dance craze songs is not very good. We don’t want her damaging the reputation of the Kingdom of Godderwil do we?

So let’s get back to some good dance craze songs and for today’s story we will focus on the Twist, but I think we will come back to some of the others one day. Let’s begin with “The Twist” which is very old, in fact as old as Uncle Bill. It was originally recorded by Hank Ballard as a B Side of “Teardrops On Your Letter” in 1959 and was a hit in the USA. It became really popular back in 1961 and was one of the first popular dances that you could do on your own. Strangely the song itself was never a big hit in the UK, although Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again” was a big hit, reaching number 1 in the UK and number 8 in the USA. The Faerie folk of Forest Rise tell me that it also reached the top twenty in Godderwil too. Chubby went on to have a whole range of Twist related hits, including; “Slow Twisting” (with Dee Sharp), “Twistin’ USA”, “Twist It Up” and a revamp of the Twist recorded with the Fat Boys in 1988 which was called “The Twist (Yo Twist)” Chubby’s real name was Ernest Evans, can you guess why he was called Chubby? Well it wasn’t really because he was fat. It was a play on words from the name of the great Fats Domino who was popular at the time. They replaced Fats with Chubby and added another popular game as a surname; Checkers as opposed to Dominoes. But if Chubby had been given his name on this side of the big pond he would be known as Chubby Draughts.

There are also some other excellent Twist related songs which you can listen to and shake your hips to as well. There’s “Twist And Shout” by the Beatles, which was originally recorded by the Isley Brothers (not a lot of people know that), “Twisting The Night Away” by the late, great Sam Cooke and an excellent more modern twisting song from the 80s, Dire Straits “Twisting By The Pool”

Now you can test your twisting skills by dancing to some of those twisting songs;

Amelia which is your favourite twisting song? Mine is “Twisting The Night Away” by Sam Cooke


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