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Old 25th Nov 2021, 9:41 am   #21
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A schoolboy prank was to go into Woods music shop in Huddersfield and ask for a copy of the sheet music for Je t'aime (ma non plus) and watch the shocked reaction. As the BBC had banned it, it had to be good!

Played on an organ bedecked with ecclesiastical flourishes, it sounds rather good. Anyone who recognises the tune will get the joke. It's quite innocuous without the 'vocals', rather melodious in fact.

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Old 25th Nov 2021, 6:13 pm   #22
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Je t'aime (ma non plus) It's quite innocuous without the 'vocals', rather melodious in fact.
Yes, a nice tune - I have the original record.

My harmonium 'party-piece' is (was) 'Nights In White Satin' with my extended version of the flute solo in the middle!

My other recommendations for the harmonium are 'Streets Of London', specially arranged for harmonium by me

Also, 'Let It Be' and perhaps 'Amazing Grace', all good on the pedal organ!

I'll have to start playing it again sometime - I haven't touched it for several years and may have got very out of practice and forgotten how to play, although I'm sure it'll soon come back to me once I loosen up the old fingers once again. With those above titles, you'd find it hard to believe that I was once a lead guitarist in a heavy metal band back in the 70s - a 'failed' lead guitarist unfortunately, but still good at thrashing out the likes of Sabbath's 'Paranoid' etc. Those were the days
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 7:21 pm   #23
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I 'swapped' something for a chord organ off a mate when I was a kid. A 'rosedale'; a rather old-fashioned looking thing. I remember it had a rotary knob for the mains switch, which came off very easily to expove a live contact underneath. Luckily I recognised the fault and replaced it with something more robust. The fact these things were aimed at children was dismaying.

One of the keys also had a cigarette burn, but that was probably a reflection on my mate's favourite pastime (he was about 8).

I was struggling to remember the exact period but then realised I learned to play Jona Lewie's 'Stop The Cavalry' as it was in the charts at the time. (circa 1980).

Nowadays I can play 'je t'aime' with more authenticity as I have a hammond tonewheel.
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 8:22 pm   #24
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Nowadays I can play 'je t'aime' with more authenticity as I have a hammond tonewheel.
A real Hammond, I have to rely on more modern sample based instruments to recreate anything like that (I have a couple of samplers (S330 and S60000) and a couple of workstations (GEM S2 and Motif XS7), did have an FM based Yamaha HS8 organ but it had a few issues and I got rid of it a few weeks ago, did have aftertouch on the pedals which was novel.

I have played a proper pipe organ which is a nice thing to play, it was a relatively small dual manual model that is in the old prison church, St. Peters, on Portland, was still working a few years ago with very few issues.

Naturally being a synth guy the ultimate "organ" is the Yamaha GX-1, Gammal Fäbodpsalm from ABBA give a good example of the sound, as does the strings on Pastime Paradise and sound on some of the ELP stuff.

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