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The Free Electric Band

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Life is an odd creature. There is no other way to ride but bareback. You are guaranteed to feel every vibration of the animal moving under you. One thing I guarantee, there will be music.

Sometimes a vibrant Street festival with laughter and little umbrellas in our cocktails. Babies smiling as the only humans they know tickles their feet. People laying in the sun. Some reading, some contemplating but … the blue skies feel promising. A guitar on a teenage boys lap… somewhere in the background.

Other days life is the final breathe, the dirty, rough sand between our fingers as we toss it, dust to dust, on a loved ones coffin. Indeed in that moment dismantle the sun, let the mourners come… and I hear a lonely saxophone.

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Ever made a @MixtapeSA ? @TheatreOnSquare @RichSimmondsZA @WilhelmNiekerk

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

We were listening to VH1 tonight and Chris Isaacs came on in the background … and my soul transcended to almost 20 years ago when my boy Tim asked me if I liked the song…. What a wicked game… (We met at work and were seated opposite each other. I had a clock radio on my desk and the song had come on). Music really has the power to take you to visit all kinds of places, if you like to travel or not.

At the opening night of #MixTape at @TheatreOnSquare we took a trip down memory lane… No overnight bag packed for the journey.

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It tells the story of how friendship transcends all barriers,  regrets about what we feel, but never own… and the music that took us there.

@TheatreOnSquare has really had the best productions to choose from the past few months… telling Alison Botha’s story to Bash that reminded you of how dark a soul can be to celebrating friendship, acceptance and music…. Taking you on a very touching nostalgic trip, from your youth, to the moment you got out your car before the show and the radio turned off.
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I was absolutely amazed at how the audience felt drawn in… singing along and tapping feet… to tear stained cheeks when the lights came on.

I sat next to @RichSimmondsZA and my BFF, @WilhelmNiekerk and all three of us was in tears. For a moment, even I felt I wasn’t the only sentimental fool.

If you have ever made or received a mix tape, lost or gained a friend, loved without words.. or had music pick you up and drop you in a song, you will LOVE #MixTape.  I strongly encourage you to book at once. It is beautiful. Kind. A PLAY in soft focus.

Music was my first love. That was my boy Tim’s favourite song btw. He has been dead 15 years and sometimes he still sits with me in comfortable silence.

… and here I go again on my own.

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

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Begin Again @mnetmovies @SterKinekor @RosebankTheZone #MMScreanings #GirlfriendsGetaway

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Once writer-director John Carney delivers in abundance in his latest musical offering with a splash of romance, Begin Again. Having seen the movie multiple times, I am not sure what I fall in love with more, the music or the characters, or Dan in a towel… not sure if that is in the movie, or only in my imagination – but it is an all round treat.

Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a rather handsome in a “I haven’t bathed in weeks kinda look, but I could have it going on with a little help” is a down and out music producer who has lost his edge, his home, his wife, his daughter and I am sure a cat if they had one. A country song in the making truly. It really helps that he is marvelous to look at. Besides, he seems a little bi-polar in rapid cycling mode, a ride I myself greatly enjoy.

Our Dan, having been asked to leave the record label he had set up with a friend years before, empties that hip flask like nobody’s business. He teaches his daughter Violet (Hailee Steinfeld) the art of ordering, drinking and running, a skill set we should all know…. alas at the end of that particular day, he finds himself in a pub ordering drinks he can ill afford.

Gretta (Keira Knightley) is not having the time of her life either. That very day found her walking away from her college sweetheart,  Dave (Adam Levine) Mr. Make It Big in NYC (Adam Levine) after he cheated on her. No matter what happens during the movie, I could not force myself to like him.

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She runs to the only other person she knows in NYC, the fabulously, funny and chunky Steve (James Corden) who immediately offers her a spot of tea, as one does. Steve is a street or anywhere they will let him sing kinda performer, and is hitting open mic night, dragging Gretta along in an attempt not to come home finding her hanging from the rafters.

The audience is not won over as Steve drags the unwilling Gretta onto the stage to sing a simple song. Okay look, her body language did not scream “Take me now!”. She however sings a most beautiful tune with a really amazing voice and sublime lyrics. I immediately loved it and knew I had to buy the soundtrack at once.

Dan clearly hears what I heard, as he looks and listens (no pun intended for those in South Africa) and beams as he hears other instruments joining in, angels opening the heavens – okay not that dramatic but you get my point. I loved the look on his face knowing he had struck gold. Problem is, having no real record label to back him up, he can’t sign Gretta who does not even have a demo tape.

Our Dan may be in a tight spot but the wheels starts turning, he calls in a favour and soon the decision is made to record an album on streets with no names, all over NYC. A few strange but lovely artists join in and soon we have a band rocking the city. It is awesome in it’s brilliance. The locations are varied and fun! Love! Light! Laughter!

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I do not want to give the ending away as to whom falls for whom or what happens to the music – but I do want to urge you to go and see Begin Again.  Just know you are able to Begin Again, anytime regardless. Your past does not dictate your future darlings!

 

Gretta: I told you, I write songs from time to time.

Dan: What do you write them for?

Gretta: What do you mean what for? For my pleasure. And for my cat.

Dan: Oh really? Does he like them?

Gretta: She. Yes, she seems to.

Dan: How do you know?

Gretta: Because she purrs.

Dan: Maybe she’s booing.

Gretta: No, she purrs at Leonard Cohen, too, and she has very good taste.

Dan: Maybe she’s fucking with you.

 

Check it out: Begin Again

Can a Song Save Your Life?

Wenchy