THIS IS MY SONG
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My success continued from 1979 onwards, until I had to stop singing in 1992 due to a spinal condition which was affecting my throat and my breath control. I preferred to quit while ahead, and so the Brisbane Eisteddfod of 1992 was my last public appearance.
Prior to that I had competed in Eisteddfod Competitions ever year, in Brisbane, Redcliffe, Toowoomba and the big Queensland Eisteddfod. I had made appearances in Brisbane City Council Civic Concerts and performed at more Weddings than I can remember! I loved every minute of it all, and I felt fully alive when before an audience.
Losing that ability through physical disease was one of the greatest losses in my life.
In 1985 my Dad died, leaving a huge hole in my heart. The music I wrote around that time reflected my sadness, and yet also the beauty he had brought to my life.
Mum and Dad on a Pacific Cruise
I wrote this song, REMEMBRANCE, in the late 1970's, and it had no real connection with my Dad, but the sensitivity in the melody has always made me think of him.
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After my Father's death, I threw myself into my music, especially my singing, which I knew would have made him so proud, and it was in the latter half of the 80's that I really was at my best. Sadly, he never did see me walk off the platform with the Champion Vocalist Cup in 1987.
Here are some home recordings of the songs I won awards for in the Queensland Eisteddfod and others. They were the songs I sang in sections such as the ART SONG; SONG BY AUSTRALIAN COMPOSER; LIGHT OPERA; a TRADITIONAL SELECTION, and the LIGHT SOPRANO CHAMPIONSHIP, etc.
I wish, now, that I'd taken the trouble to have them properly recorded, in a Studio, but it never occurred to me during this time of great success, that my singing days would be over in less than five years.
Here now are those special songs.
THE LILACS - Rachmaninoff (sung in the Russian)
I THOUGHT I HEARD A MAGPIE CALL - Alfred Hill.
A SONG OF SHADOWS - C Armstrong Gibbs
DANNY BOY - Traditional Irish.
These last two songs were my Mum's favourites, so I am giving them a special mention.
DO NOT GO, MY LOVE, is an Art Song, and WE'LL GATHER LILACS is from Ivor Novello's 'Perchance To Dream'.
Danny Boy and We'll Gather Lilacs, among others, were played at her funeral in September 1992.
Here they are once more, for you, Mum.
DO NOT GO, MY LOVE - Richard Hageman
WE'LL GATHER LILACS - Ivor Novello
So, it happened that many things came to an end in 1992, but the music remains - for ever in my heart and soul, just like my memories.
Thanks, Mum and Dad, for giving me this priceless gift. And now I pass a little of 'my song' on to others.
I do hope you who have read, and listened, have felt the love, and have spent happy moments here.
Audrey. June 2010
ALL CONTENTS COPYRIGHT TO A A Plowes , 2010
ALL THE MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS STORY
MY OWN COMPOSITIONS
RIDE WITH THE WIND
I'LL NEVER DREAM AGAIN
THE DEATH TRAIN
(I wrote the words only)
THE CALF SONG (Words and music
LOVE'S OLD SWEET SONG
(VOCALS ARRANGED BY A PLOWES)
I WOULD THAT MY LOVE - MENDELSSOHN
DRINK TO ME ONLY -ENGLISH TRAD
(ACCOMP AND VOCALS ARRANGED BY A PLOWES)
PANIS ANGELICUS - FRANCK
(VOCALS ARRANGED BY A PLOWES)
DO NOT GO MY LOVE - HAGEMAN
THE LILACS - RACHMANINOFF
ART SONGS ETC.
DANNY BOY - IRISH
COSSACK LULLABY - RUSSIAN
SONG BY AUSTRALIAN COMPOSER AND LIGHT OPERA
I THOUGHT I HEARD A MAGPIE - HILL
A SONG OF SHADOWS - GIBBS
WE'LL GATHER LILACS - NOVELLO
MUSICAL COMEDY AND BALLADS
WITH A SONG IN MY HEART- ROGERS
BECAUSE - D'HARDELOT
I WISH TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO IRIS, WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO PUT THESE SONGS ONTO MY WEBSITE.
SHE HAD THESE SONGS TRANSFERRED FROM A CASSETTE TAPE TO A CD AND MADE A GIFT OF IT TO ME. THANKS SO MUCH, IRIS.