I once listened to this tune repeatedly all the way to a meeting of the people I worked with in Manchester, and then said a whole load of things everybody was thinking but nobody else was willing to say in public. Some of them never forgave me. Music! It’s inspiring, dangerous stuff 🙂
This one, on the other hand, I first heard on Wogan way back in something like 1987, only a few months into working at the place I mentioned above. I was utterly transfixed by the beauty of the harmonies and the tune, and spent the whole of the following day on the phone to the BBC and record companies desperately trying to find out where I could get a recording. In the end–and amazingly–it turned out that a dusty little record and tape cassette shop (this was in the days before CDs) at the other end of Deansgate actually had a copy of the album! I almost cried when the proprietor put the cassette in my hand. To this day this recording brings a lump to my throat, and the cassette remains one of my most treasured possessions. I can sing along with it phonetically, although I have no idea what the words mean. Please have a listen to the Trio Bulgarka – it’s phenomenal stuff!
ZOMG, I can’t BELIEVE I’ve found this one on YouTube! This is Elizabethan Serenade by Binge, and I used to pass the time by dancing to this as a tiny, 5 year old child when they played it on BBC television to accompany the Test Card, back in the 1960s!!! Does anyone else remember the Test Card? I used to listen to it all the time as a wee sprog. I never forgot this tune, and when I grew up I searched until I tracked it down and identified it. It’s one of the most beloved tunes of my entire life. And I simply can’t believe I’ve found it on YouTube ♥ ♥ ♥