As David Cameron announced his departure from office, he managed – by chance – to do something that actually produced some good. He hummed a jaunty little tune as he entered No. 10 Downing Street for the last time and this little hum has been taken by a number of highly creative people and turned into longer and actually rather good music, as you will see here.
Before offering you some of the better examples of this work,here is the unadorned original to set the scene as it were…….
OK, so that was how it went.
For some reason a lot of musical folk were inspired by that little bit of humming to take the hum and create much longer pieces of music based upon it, as in this example in which the composer feels that his hum was not so much a lament at the end of an unsuccessful political career, but actually a happy jig.
So, a relatively simple and straightforward version on an electronic piano/organ to show us how it might be done.
Other composers came up with much more complex versions of this little hum, as for example this rather amazing version by Jonathan Mul for harpsichord in the form of a Fugue on a Motif by David Cameron, as it rather grandly is called.
Wasn’t that beautiful? I don’t imagine that Cameron would have ever thought that he might be the cause of such a pleasingly gentle piece of music, but he was.
In a similar vein we have this offering from Gabriela Montero in which she shows us what Bach might have done with that little phrase. Clever and entertaining stuff I think you will agree.
And now in a totally different musical style, we have Chris Hollis’s take on his hum…. Not sure quite what to call this, I suppose that the composer’s title is as good as any other… So stand by to listen to the Evil Tory Theme Tune……….
So, heavy enough for you? No? Well here is a heavy metal version of the above to really get in among you…..
And now, to finish this post, here is a rather touching version, a sort of ditty this one is..
Now wasn’t that beautiful and soulful? Well at least it sounded like a real song…. I especially like the ending, something of a surprise I felt.
So, David Cameron has bowed off the stage to the accompaniment of a rather fetching little tune, perhaps this is how all world “leaders” should make their goodbyes in future? Certainly better than the normal cliche ridden “final speeches” we are normally forced to endure from these creatures… And look at the creative opportunities that such a departure offers the world too.