Music Reverberates once again!

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HISTORIANS will tell you, music came to Mojacar in the guise of that illustrious concert pianist, Enrique Arias, who, in the early 60s convinced the then mayor to give away the derelict and abandoned buildings to foreigners if they would develop and live in them. Sr. Arias took the top building, then known as the Castillo (castle) and promptly returned the favour by putting on concerts of the most professional standard for all and sundry to come and view without fee. Music rang from the halls and penetrated the lands around.

Enrique’s son still lives here, Enrique Arias, osteopath, horse guy, good neighbour, friend and all round good guy. Even after father Enrique’s death the music rang throughout the kingdom when long time resident Pat Moroney and her friends rekindled the castillo’s spirit and entertained further flamboyant concerts.

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A few weeks ago Miguel Leon writing in the capital’s paper La Voz penned a very literate piece about Miguel Rio’s, godfather of Spanish rock and roll and his retirement tour in far away Santander where in Miguel lauded all the wonderful moments he had spent with his special Mojacar friend Tito del Amo and the fun they had jamming on the beach.

Miguel Rios wrote some of his songs here and praised the Mojacar nights and paellas celebrated at the Puntazo. The world class saxophonist Jorge Pardo had also joined in and yearly brought other groups and friends to grace our summer nights. Those of us that lived here can well vouch and praise those oh so  terrific musical nights held in El Patio and Aku Aku and all the magnificent groups that have come to perform; some quite famous today.

A friend who belongs to the ‘Voices of Almanzora’ invited me to attend their production of “The Christmas Present”. I jumped at the chance as it was being held in Arboleas right next to one of my favourite eating place, the Azabache hotel and Restaurant.

With a wonderful menu to choose from it has become one of the top notch places to visit, even if you have to make the short drive. Prices are half that of most Mojacar places and the food is terrific. Owner Angel and Josefina remembered our last visit. We went there with lots of friends to have suckling pig. But you can choose from a very wide assortment of goodies all extremely fairly priced.

Then across the road for the show held at the Pedro Gilabert Museum. Why the hell doesn’t Mojacar have such a place for our many theatre and musical groups? The entire area takes it’s name from us—yet we are outdone by a tiny village called Arboleas that I wager more than 90% of the foreign locals haven’t visited.

The choir group had unusual beginnings and has swelled in membership since. Originally it was a well meaning group of “homesteaders” welcoming new arrivals to the Albox area. Somehow a few of them carried happy tunes with them and the exuberance over flowed over into a “wanna be singing group”.

Of course, someone to play the piano was essential, and Mrs. Trudi Louch could do just such a feat. They all enjoyed themselves so much they decided to take it a step further wherein Trudi offered to lead them and the rest is history.

Well, what a performance it was! A show for all ages and likes. I sincerely didn’t know what to expect, what can a choir recital be? Well, so many different forms of entertainment riddled the program that had a base of toe tapping sentimental Christmas carols. There were dialogs, monologs, short skits, plays and even a pantomime, something that as an American I had never seen before and loved it. The entire afternoon rolled on too quickly as you hardly had time to catch your breath let alone those entertaining you.

Classical carols in which the audience participated, then a skit or some poetry being read, full of humour and effervescence the afternoon bubbled away. Under Trudi Louch’s guidance and supervision the entire afternoon blossomed into an old time village fete sharing  “peace on earth goodwill to your fellow man”.  Just full of music and razzel dazzle. Nor was it ever slow enough to consider shooting the piano player. You could sense Mike Carver  was just ready to take off tickling those ivories into a quick jazzy rendition and in fact he did do with a solo entitled “snowflakes” so delicately interpreted you could feel them falling during the tune.

By shows ending I felt I had become acquainted with half the populous of the region as they had strutted their stuff and shared their music with me. If I could say something in response it would be a very well intended Hallelujah to each of you for your continuing kind efforts. And if your loved ones don’t present each of you “Five gold rings”—may you receive them from your wonderful church steeple.

 

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