…by Anura Guruge
London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony, Gross, Unnecessary Distortion Of British History — July 28, 2012.
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In general I liked the music at the London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Much of it was from my ‘youth’ growing up in Britain. It was good to see and hear Mike Oldfield. I am sure that like so many I have really not followed Mike since the mid-1970s. The ‘Tubular Bells‘ LP came out in 1973 when I was at University, in Swansea. Music, much more so than now, was a big part of my life. I used to buy lots of LPs and attend any and all concerts I could — my parents, guilty that they had kind of cut me lose and abandoned me in the U.K. since I was 15, while my father pursued his diplomatic career were generous in their stipends.
When ‘In Dulci Jubilo‘ came on it stirred something in me deep inside. I knew the tune. I knew that I liked it. I kind of remembered it was Mike Oldfield. But, I had to go and find it on YouTube.
Anyway, I also found the ENTIRE playlist of all the music they played at the Opening Ceremony. So here it is:
At the start of ‘The Telegraph’ is the iconic picture of the Beatles crossing the Zebra Crossing in Abbey Road. The FAMOUS Abbey Road studio where the Beatles and so many others reordered so many of the songs we still know and love was an unprepossessing ‘light green’ house, with a small concrete front garden behind a short wall — just behind George. In the late 70s I started to visit Abbey Road on a regular basis and make a point of crossing the road at that Zebra Crossing. No, I was not going to the studio. I was going to Lord’s. My Holy of Holies in London. In those days, into the 1980s, you could park somewhere on Abbey Road and walk to Lord’s. I noticed that Lord’s is a venue for the 2012 Olympics. I saw some archery from there. I used to spend days at Lord’s.