I get great pleasure in reinterpreting the meaning of some lyrics. For example, the lovely tune entitled ‘The Wind Beneath My Wings’ which the sheet music states it is from the soundtrack of the film entitled ‘Beaches’. I have no idea what this film is about, so I have interpreted the words for a different story as follows: When you see a British winner of a gold medal at an Olympic Games or some other major sporting event, they usually drape a Union Jack around their shoulders and run around the perimeter track to celebrate their success. Inevitably the first person they go up to in the front row of the audience is their coach and they hug one another and talk briefly. Now bearing in mind that coach has often got up at the crack of dawn on many occasions and drives the athlete to say the running track and stands around, often in freezing cold weather, watching them and giving advice on how to perhaps run faster, or jump higher. Although you will know the name of the athlete, but like me have no idea of the name of the coach and as to how much that coach over a number of years contributed to the athlete’s success. So I believe that if you get hold of a copy of this sheet music and read and perhaps sing the lyrics concerned, you will agree they fit absolutely perfectly what the athlete would have liked to have said to their coach at that moment in time!
There are also numerous tunes without any lyrics, but I have often painted a verbal picture for my audience prior to playing such a tune. For example one of the most beautiful tunes I like to play, which has no lyrics, is The Theme From “Schindler’s List”. So I explain briefly to my audience what this is about, namely that during the Second World War Schindler was forced to convert his factory to the production of armaments for the Third Reich, because being a Jewish man he would have normally been carted off to Aushwitch along with most of his workers, who were also mainly Jewish.
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