The things I learn from writing my blog! After my last post, I thought I hadn't looked up any info on Aled Jones lately and you will never guess what I discovered!
First of all, I hope you know Aled Jones! No? Well, do you remember the picture book "The Snowman" by Raymond Briggs?
It was made into a short film during Christmas of 1982, and it had a beautiful song, "Walking In The Air". It was sung by a choir boy from St. Paul's Cathedral, Peter Auty. A few years later, a young Welsh boy had a huge hit doing a cover version of the song and that was Aled Jones! As an adult, Aled Jones became a host on one of my very favorite British TV shows, "Songs of Praise". (A BBC show where a church is visited each week and the church choir and congregation sings hymns...why can't we in America copy this show? I love it! You can look up some of the episodes on YouTube if you don't know what it is like.)
Since last year, his latest show is "Going Back, Giving Back" and it looks like my kind of show...
Now...I will tell you the story behind the title of my post! Better yet, listen to the story behind it by the man himself!
“We were sitting around the kitchen table one day, when my mum suddenly announced that there was an album of folk songs of mine that had never been released,”
“I didn't even remember recording the album, but when I listened to it at my parents’ house, I felt like a proud uncle or father. From that came the idea to release the album of duets, featuring my voice as a boy and now as an adult.”
I love that! What is even better is that I read that his Mum had kept the album in her "airing cupboard", which tickled me no end because I know what an airing cupboard is! It is...well, here is a definition I found for you:
a heated cupboard where clothes, sheets, etc, that have been washed and are almost dry are put so that they can become completely dry.
That is certainly what my mother-in-law uses it for! Now, it seems to me that the hot water heater is in this small cupboard, and the Brits, being the practical lot that they are, used this cupboard to help finish drying their clothes. From the explanation above, you might think they have the cupboards specially built just to dry clothes! HA!
(Can't help but notice too that some wealthy folks have HEATED towel racks but the Brits have them too, that would be the hot water pipes which is part of their hot water central heating in their bathrooms! Practically perfect, like Mary Poppins!)
Goodness me, here I am telling you all about heated cupboards and pipes and Aled Jones is patiently waiting to sing for you!
Just one more thought about airing cupboards...we visited the Anne of Cleves house in Lewes, England. (Anne of Cleves got this as part of the divorce settlement from Henry VIII, she never lived there but it is called her house nonetheless!) Since it is from the 15th century, I was surprised to see that even this house had an airing cupboard! (It was just behind the fireplace, I have a photo below of it for you.)
Let me know what you think of Aled Jones singing as an adult, combined with his younger self! I think it is great!