MEMORIES OF THE MIDLANDS CHARITY EVENT
Another exhibit has come and gone. They're all unique and I have enjoyed each of them, challenges and all. This one was the most challenging of the events I've organised, but loads of fun!
As an over-view I thought I would give you my exhibit highlights:
- Having tea with Bev Bevan. He's really great and I kept standing there thinking, 'Oh, it's Mr Blue Sky!' lol
- Meeting local musician John Stain at a road side services and seeing all his lovely memorabilia. To be able to see the actual notebook paper he wrote his single on was special, a real piece of music history.
- Hearing local musician Joe Dignam play the T Rex drum kit at the Gallery during his interview. He said he might be rusty - nothing like! It was great!
- Sitting behind Nick Mason's stunning drum kit.
- Interviewing Blaze Bayley. He was my favourite interview.
- Sitting outside a lovely pub chatting to Ric Sanders and Dave Pegg.
- Ric playing 'Rosehip' for me on the porch of his summerhouse. Gosh that was awesome!
- Coming around the corner of the hotel corridor and running into Carl Palmer - he really was there for me to interview!
- Trevor Burton's stage clothes! I am such a sucker for 60's/70's London stuff.
- When meeting Deb Bonham she pointed at the Jimmy symbol around my neck and picked up her symbol of John that was around her neck – smiles all around!
- Albert Lee playing Country Boy
- Actually navigating Birmingham successfully.
- Meeting my webmaster/artist/advisor Cynthia.
- Looking at the exhibit all set up for the first time
- Meeting some of the great music fans that came to the exhibit. I enjoyed showing them around.
- Doing a couple of radio interviews.
- Walking through a torrential rain storm to a meeting. Soaked to the bone, freezing, shoes squelching – and realising I was so happy working on the exhibit none of it mattered at all.
- Receiving a lovely bottle of champagne and a card on opening night.
There were some low moments. One that springs to mind is the incredibly dumb move of forgetting all about the transport from the venue for removal day. That meant the only last minute van to hire was too small and we ended up driving back and forth loading and unloading for about 13 hours. Yikes.
Some other things didn't go according to plan, but why dwell on those things? Especially when the best is yet to come - handing over the money to the charities. That makes it all worthwhile. Every time I raise even a penny that I can give in honour of my favourite musician, I am wildly happy. I can't wait to do it all again! There will be announcements coming soon about the next exhibits and the progress on the Music Heritage Project. If you want to be involved - don't hesitate! You won't regret one second you spend raising money for those in need in honour of a musician that brought joy to your life. I promise.
- Annie x
Demon FM InterviewDuring the Memories in Music in the Midlands Exhibit, I had the pleasure of meeting Sam and Lee from Demon FM. Demon is a community radio station which benefits young people looking to get into the radio and media industries. Many of their alumni have gone onto employment with the BBC, Global Radio (was GCAP), Chrysalis, EMAP, Wise Buddah, ITV, NOW Digital and The Radio Academy, and their DJ's have appeared on national labels such as the Ministry of Sound. Be sure to explore their site! It is an honour to be interviewed by them and to have their support for our fund raising projects. Here's my interview!
A few stray photos to remember the event by... mouseover to enlarge