Tag Archives: brass bands

FMM 4 10 2020 A Social Conundrum

“There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness.” ~ Maggie Smith. My father was an eclectic music lover.  Brought up in a Welsh chapel, he had an abiding love of hymns, especially as he grew up to be a minister of religion.  In his collection of LPs (long-playing records, from the olden days!), and then later […]

FMM 1 10 20 Traveling Mercies

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu.  My first time in Key West, over 40 years ago, was a trip of revelation.  I was already having a hard time adjusting to the America of Miami: large cars, huge straight roads, flashing neon lights advertising establishments big […]

FMM 5 24 19 Brass Bands and Parenting

O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not vain, That morn shall tearless be. ~George Matheson. I am not sure why I love the sound of a good brass band.  They are a particularly English phenomenon, […]