2010年11月24日

Dave Sinclair's Musical Background

Dave Sinclair, even over the age of 60(today he becomes 63 years old !), has continued to regularly produce new music. His creative senses, like fresh water flowing from a spring, are still natural and rich. In fact, compared with contemporary musicians in the Canterbury scene, it should be said 'amazing'.
From way before the CARAVAN classic track For Richard (2nd album: If I Could Do It All Over Again recorded in 1970) right up to today's Stream, Dave's playing and composing skills have been appreciated of course.
In this column, I want to discover where Dave's innate ability came from...

Firstly, let's look at Dave paternity. Dave's grandfather, an all round entertainer and comedian as well as a keen photographer, lived in the city of Canterbury. Apart from running the King's Head pub in Wincheap, he also had an established photographic studio in Northgate, close to the city centre.

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King's Head pub ... then and now

Dave's grandmother, whose maiden name was Greenman was a gifted musician and singer ( contralto ). On the 1904 ! poster that Dave's father had kept safely for many years, both Dave's grandparents names are listed as participants in a musical show that was to be held on Herne Bay pier. And so it was around this time that they first met before subsequently marrying.

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In fact, Dave's paternal grandmother seems to have had a special musical ability. Apparently, after returning home from a musical show, she was able to remember all of the music that had been played, and could work out the chords and melodies on her piano.

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Dave's father's mother ; Dave's daughter Felicia bears a remarkable resemblance to her!

This special musical ability must have been passed on to Dave, having completely by-passed Dave's father.
Dave's father's younger brother was Richard( Dick ) Sinclair, who must have inherited the music gene directly, being a natural entertainer and musician as well as a gifted craftsman, mainly working with wood. It goes without saying therefore that his son, Richard, ( ex.CARAVAN, Dave's cousin ), also has the Greenman genes.

Now, to Dave's mother's side.
( Note: when I visited Dave's mother's house, she was quite surprised to see me reading an article in an old local newspaper, written about Dave Sinclair, even though she wasn't surprised at all when I talked with her in English. I found this very interesting !
Like most Japanese people, I find it far less stressful reading and writing English than speaking and listening to it. However it seems that for a genuine English lady like Dave's mother, it was a strange sight to see a Japanese person reading an English newspaper !)

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Dave and his mother

Dave's mother's maiden name is Blow, and she is a direct descendant of John Blow, who was a great Baroque composer and organist from the 17th century, and who was interred in Westminster abbey after his death in 1708.
And the son of Dave's mother's elder brother is Nigel Blow, whom I mentioned in a previous column.

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John Blow

Thus Dave's musical background has two major influences, one from his fathers side, the Greenman musical ear, and the other from his mothers, the great organ playing and composing skills of John Blow. No wonder Dave has been blessed with such extraordinary musical talent.



PS
Dear Dave,

Very Best Wishes for your 63th Birthday !!!
I really hope that this article will be a good birthday present for you....

From Crescent Label Master
posted by Crescent Label Master at 04:59| English Version