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Youth is on Fire

Royal Albert Hall

And tonight's venue is...............

An “awayday” unlike any other this week – and a trip to London that had me sailing a sea of emotions, nostalgia, friendship, fatherhood, pride, you name it, I felt it on Tuesday.

This was the day I flew to London to watch my son Corey’s band Jilambis – open the Music For Youth Proms concert at The Royal Albert Hall. But before that, I had time to grab lunch with my old bandmate Stef, after nearly three decades had passed since we last saw each other. We had a lot of catching up to do, and it was great talking about the old band days. the following day, he was off into the recording studio to put down the drum track to one of those songs we wrote back in the 70’s, and thanks to the wonder of the internet, we will recreate it between three of the former band members.

Then it was on to the RHA, and a meeting up with an understandably nervous Corey, who sneaked me backstage to meet up with the rest of Jilambis as they got ‘in the zone’. Around 6.15pm, my Dad arrived with family from New Zealand, plus my new Stratocaster that was a birthday present from Miki (that had been languishing in Derby for 5 months ) and we took our seats to watch the show unfold.

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Well......

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this

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isn't

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Texas

Jilambis hit the stage like a rocket from a bottle, accompanied by screams and cheers from the 5,000 strong crowd. Storming through what is fast becoming their signature tune “Well, this isn’t Texas” – they were relentless,  no-one could’ve opened proceedings better. Followed by another group of young percussionists performing a fantastic urban rhythmic extravaganza based on “Stomp” the night was well and truly up and running.

There followed an evening of performances that left me stunned at the standard of musicianship in some of the young people today, and the diversity of their styles and influences. Too many to go into detail here, I must however mention The Greater Gwent Youth Modern Ensemble who performed a piece called Via Crucis that completely took my breath away. The control, the light and shade, the flawless (to these ears) execution of this powerful composition moved me to tears.  It makes me want to nuke the studios of X factor who purport to showcase the nation’s top talent. Yeah, right. I was full of pride that my son shared a stage with these people, as was his Grandad  (who distinguished himself by singing all the words to Elgar’s  Pomp and Circumstance at the end with considerable gusto)

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Balloon Frenzy heralds the end of a wonderful evening

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The Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra belt out "Pomp & Circumstance" amid a flurry of balloons and confetti

There was more emotion to come however as I glimpsed my daughter going on 8 months pregnant for the first time. I don’t think anything prepares a Dad for the onset of Grandfatherhood! – but it was lovely to see her looking healthy.

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Mother to be.....

There was just time to indulge in a post-gig fast food fest with the band before I headed off to catch the early morning flight back to Spain, armed with a new guitar and some new memories.

Kev Moore

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November 11, 2009 - Posted by | Music, Recording, Touring, Writing | , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Kev

    What a wonderful muligenerational experience! I know that the potential for fatherly pride is limitless and it sounds like you had your fill on many levels. Looks like your children are diving in with gusto to their own lives to create their own stories and adventures. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

    Comment by bobcornelis | November 11, 2009

  2. Multigenerational is the right word, Bob. And like that wonderful scene in Parenthood I feel like Steve Martin on the Rollercoaster!

    Comment by kevmoore | November 11, 2009

  3. Oh, these pictures take my breath away. What an experience!

    Comment by Susan Cornelis | November 12, 2009

  4. Thanks, Susan! There is a DVD coming out of the entire performance, which of course I’ll be ordering immediately! It was a truly wonderful night.

    Comment by kevmoore | November 12, 2009

  5. Pride, joy, emotion… nice words for such a moment ! You should have been so happy…

    Comment by Joël | November 20, 2009


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