In Memory of Sir Terry Wogan – A Tribute( 'Takes about 7 minutes to read. )
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It’s nearing that time of year when BBC Children in Need hits our screens again, and although Dermot O’Leary played host last year 2015, we, the TOGs – of which I have appointed myself an honorary junior member, having only just recently become old and cantankerous enough to apply – still associate it with, and view it as the interminable domain of, Sir Terry Wogan.
I’ve only recently published a small piece on Facebook on, 21st September, which read something similar to thus, but has been cut or paraphrased in places: –
“Today I [went] off to the South coast to sort out a few things… So I get back before noon and almost half the day’s gone with nothing booked for the afternoon… That signals creative juices to flow; so to fill a gap I created a remix in honour of Sir Terry Wogan.
I’ve had an idea to do something like this for quite a while now, and so what better tribute to him than to remix his cover of The Floral Dance [Using his original vocals, and also incorporating the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band.]
I’ve kept it as close to the original as I possibly can, and have added a bell agosha, bongos in a few places, a couple of extra harmonies towards the end… Basically I deconstructed the original, added extras, and reconstructed it to a slightly different format.
I’m not releasing it yet, and I’m not sure where I’m going to release it and when yet. No I’m not even going to give out a sample right now…”
– But now I’ve decided what I’m going to do with it: I’m going to sell it for a price of your choice on my website, and whatever I get in total I’m going to donate to BBC Children in Need.
I’m not keeping a penny of it for administration purposes or anything like that. – Every bit of it is going to the charity. The BBC were thinking of re-releasing the track back in February. – They didn’t though; so I’m going to take up the baton that they dropped and go a bit further, in tribute to a great entertainer of whom I was a fan, as well as for an awesome charity that provides much needed resources for underprivileged children.
You’ll see a PayPal “Donate” button below.
If you click that you can make a donation of any amount you like to BBC Children in Need. You’ll probably see the trading name ‘Kustom Komputa’ somewhere. That’s the trading name of the Ice Showbiz Group; my umbrella group made up of Ice Recordings, Jank Kenner Films, Positive Self Images, Cup of Coffee Media… I don’t think I’ve forgotten any others though I may be wrong. You’ll probably also see the name ‘Sharron Field’. – That’s my real name. – Sharron-Idol is my stage-name.
Once you’ve donated you’ll be transferred to Dropbox, from where you can download a 256 bit .mp3 recording of the remix of Sir Terry Wogan singing The Floral Dance.
The download file is zipped, so you’ll need to unzip it after you’ve downloaded it. (My setup of Windows 10 64-bit Professional is able to play it from the zip file itself, but I’m not sure that all operating systems are capable of doing so.)
Before you do I’d ask you to scan it with your security software; just to ensure that nobody has slipped any malware into the file at any point. Obviously I haven’t included anything nasty; but I’m thinking of your online security here. – You can never be too careful these days. (Right-click the .zip file and you should see an option to scan the file with your antivirus softwware.)
( If you run into any problems with malware of any kind arising from your scan of the .zip file; please let me know immediately by using the ‘Contact Sharron-Idol’ link near the foot of this page. )
Your donation is paid in to the Kustom Komputa account along with its own unique transaction identifier which tags it as a Children in Need donation. It’s then accumulated along with other donations, and collected thus until the night of Children in Need itself on Friday November 18th 2016; when the total is tallied up, and Ice Showbiz trading as Kustom Komputa adds a donation amount proportional to the total and gives it all to BBC Children in Need. I’m sure good ol’ Sir Tel would be in full support and approval of this fundraising operation.
I, Sharron-Idol, will publish the total figure donated following the night itself here on this website; even if it’s embarassingly low – which will be your fault for not donating.
What do I, Sharron-Idol, get out of all this? The answer to that is the pleasure of knowing that the memory of a great entertainer with all his Irish dulcet tones is still generating funds for the charity which he spent much of his life supporting and presenting for annually.
8 days before the big day I wrote the following post on my personal Facebook page. I’m thinking of copying it over to my music page too.
It happened to be my birthday, and as the day progressed I decided to do something towards being charitable; bearing in mind that the big day is near, and then that’s it for CiN 2016.
As usual we the British people will probably raise the roof – quite literally – and exceed the amount collected in previous years. I’m trying to help with that, and therefore I’ve issued the following audio with a written transcript: –
Play the audio using this player: –
Here is the transcript: –
I’m collecting for BBC Children in Need – partially in memory of Sir Terry Wogan, of whom I was a fan.
The children that will benefit from your donations have learning difficulties, so if they’re going to have any chance at all in life they need a boost at the start of it at least. As a so-called intelligent and advanced race we as Humans have a duty to provide for those in such unfortunate circumstances: That’s why I’m running this campaign, but I am so going to need your help: –
[You can go straight to the corresponding page on my website via the link provided: – https://wp.me/P4N1gW-IV]
– At which you can buy my remix of Wogan’s Floral Dance for a price of your own choosing via the PayPal links. It’s a good remix, and it incorporates the sound of the Brighouse & Rastric Brass Band, plus the original vocal track of Sir Terry Wogan ‘s 1970s track * The Floral Dance *.
Even if you’re not into that sort of music please buy it for some amount for charity. – You choose how much: Every penny goes to Children in Need. I’m not keeping anything back for administration.
All funds collected will then be sent to BBC Children in Need on Friday the 18th November; the big Children in Need night on BBC1.
The total amount collected will be posted on my website after 18th November 2016.
Please remember that you’re not just giving, but you’re also getting something back: A remixed version of Sir Terry Wogans 1970s recording of * The Floral Dance *.
Please do dig deep and make time for the UKs underprivileged children in 2016. – And thank you. Please tell your friends about this and get them to pay something for the remix too. – ‘Any amount; but don’t’ be tight.
Visit the corresponding URL that you’ll see on your screen, click a PayPal link, make your donation, and download your music. – It’s as easy as that…
With your help, and with Ice Showbiz’ added donation amount; we raised £25.00 GBP for BBC Children in Need 2016 in memory of Sir Terry Wogan.
…But the appeal is not closed. – In fact the appeal will never close; so anything you donate from this point onwards will go towards BBC Children in Need 2017.