And now for something completely different...
As I've said before it is important for musicians to have an understanding of other areas in music. These days Robin is known for his classical playing, but where did that energy and expression have its roots?
I've mentioned the band Force Ten previously and the other day Paul Griffin e mailed us with an update of the website. It was fantastic to hear the music again, although we do have some old tapes of these tracks they are rather worn.
Paul explains a little about Force Ten and the reason the album was never released, so if you follow the link you can find out more and even hear 4 of the tracks.
Robin wrote the music and lyrics to all the tracks you are able to hear and in fact most of them on the album, except 'Come Home Baby' and 'Skiddleydoo' - Vinnie Parker, 'Seventh Position' - Steve Shaw, and the whole band collaborating on 'Silly Place For A Zebra'.
Some of my personal favourites 'Portrait of The Artist', 'Full Circle' and 'You' I'm afraid you can't hear at the moment.
However, some of the band members have started talking and catching up on a few missing years. Maybe we could put the pressure on and get them back in the studio.
So next time you are at a Robin Hill recital hearing him play some soothing Italian Renaissance Lute Pieces just remember what you have heard today and that it is possible to cross over to classical music.
Incidentally, Robin still enjoys a good blast on one of his electric guitars, to the delight of all our neighbours.....
'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman