As the feasts season comes to an end in a few weeks times, we have seen some great new initiatives, some new ideas and we have also witnessed some very worrying firsts.
We have had a swing of societies that opted for a greener environment, others which took in consideration social aspects others took the initiative to even give space to students during the feast concerts and that is something to be praised for and make sure to continue on these paths with the hope that influences others to follow without the need to point figures on who copied who.
On the other side we had some musical sacrilegious events, which are easy to catch up and risk to loose our sole purpose to have a wind band playing in our feasts. I have found two of these events. First of which, our feast concerts are turning into a song festival or even a zucchino (pun intended) d’oro one where instead of investing in music which matters we opt for the easy conclusion “għax dawk iridu in-nies” (that is what people want). People enjoy good music which doesn’t mean to be a known piece of music. It is ok to have a song or two, maybe three, which are sung by a singer (and please make arrangements so that the melody is sung by the singer and not all the band playing the melody as well). But a good wind band needs to built a repertoire, and the excuse that musicians do not attend rehearsals doesn’t give way to prepare a mediocre concert. Instead of having 18 pieces of music prepare 10 good ones.
And last but not least, the new worm that I really hope it stops as of this year: bands playing while the organising band club has its own wind band playing at the same time. With the excuse of keeping people near your club, we are literally saying marches and wind bands are there for nothing, we do not need them anymore, people prefer music anything but our marches. It is dangerous, stupid and it’s says a lot of what the committee thinks about its own wind band. The worst part is that they boasts about it and even have the conscious to say that they are leaders in this tragedy. They might have got to feast-week followers cheering but you certainly got your musicians, band-directors and teachers asking what have they done wrong to deserve such a treatment.
The only good thing is that at least they got a live band and not a DJ turning some knobs playing some fisherman’s singing to a very bad quality and a sorry excuse of an arrangement with a synthesiezer and a dance beat.
Another small note, at least when the bars of these societies are playing these fisherman’s songs, make sure you are playing the marches which your own wind band plays
Let’s stop these from ruining our heritage, our culture, our pride, let’s have some sense in what we are doing.