Sometimes... I Miss England
The cover explained!
Many people have asked me to explain the cover of my CD "Sometimes...I Miss England". It was designed by my good friend, and published author, Tony Broadbent. He designed it as an overview of what was going on in England during my years growing up there.
Here's Tony's explanation:
George VI – crowned King after the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII, in December 1936 – marks the true beginning of Modern Britain.
His was a time of seemingly never-ending transition. He oversaw the dissolution of the British Empire. Saw the country through the Second World War. Saw the beginnings of post-war Britain. A country made bankrupt by six years of war. And a government forced to introduce austerity measures more severe than had been experienced during the War.
The glue that held the country in one piece was the general acceptance of a long established order. Military service was compulsory. A sense of spit and polish pervaded everything. What foods you could buy, were fit for a Small Island. Foods originally made for travel throughout the Empire—and a kit bag. OXO cubes. Beef bouillon in a cube no bigger than a sugar lump. And CAMP coffee in a bottle. Chicory flavoured coffee in concentrated liquid form.
And, still looming over it all, the vast presence of Winston Churchill. The man who’d mobilized the English language and sent it – and the millions of people his speeches had inspired around the world – off to fight the Axis powers. And victory.
England’s fabled ‘green and pleasant land’ was more a world of black and white, of ever-present grey lowering clouds, pea-souper fogs, and coal and soot and grime.
Then Rock ‘n’ Roll arrives! Elvis is King! Buddy Holly was one of us! And the effect is electrifying. “That’s great, that is. And…I wanna do…I could do that.”
Then transistor radios burst onto the scene. And ‘my’ music is in the air. Thanks to Radio Luxembourg. And Cliff Richard (the British Elvis) and the Shadows. And the real cool portable Dansette record player that could not only play the new L.P. records at 33-and-a-third rpm, but also the new 7-inch, 45 rpm discs…just like on a juke box.
And Bert Weedon and ‘Play In A Day.’ Three chords and a dream. And London. And big, red, double-decker busses. And television! And a growing awareness of a fast changing world. And nuclear bombs! Which should be banned. So we can all enjoy life and… and… The Beatles!
And we are reborn again. Britain is no longer black and white and grey. It explodes into Technicolor. And London is your oyster…the place to be and be seen in. And the Rolling Stones! And telephones at home…not just in red telephone boxes down the street. And dance halls and clubs and music concerts. And London’s own – The Who!
And England swings like a pendulum do… And… well you know the rest.
Terry meets Julie one evening on a bridge over the River Thames and the two lovers marvel at a Waterloo Sunset. In a brave, new, forever orange-glow infused world. That touches all young lovers of rock ‘n’ roll. And young Terry clutches his flame red Hofner Verithin guitar and sings of bye-bye loves and yesterday… and everyday it’s a gettin’ closer…before he takes a Tube-ride home… to a new tomorrow