I first visited
in 1982. I was lucky enough to attend an IBM Sales Convention there and despite the reservations about spending four days with your sales mates in a place not particularly known for its wild nightlife, it turned out to be an amazing trip, one which has remained with me all these years and one which drew me back to Venice several times over the following years. Venice
|The Lido with Venice in the background|
The one thing I did/do remember though was entering the convention centre on the first afternoon and hearing the most amazing atmospheric music. On stage was a small orchestra, the players dressed in Venetian period costumes, complete with masks and filling the vast hall with music which was totally in tune with the
we’ve all read about in books and seen in films. It was absolutely stunning – so stunning in fact that as soon as I returned to the Venice UK, I went straight into my local music store and ordered the CD – in Peril by Rondo Veneziano. Venice
A couple of weeks ago, I decided that now I am down in the ‘jungle’ slashing and burning, it would pass the time quicker if I had some music on my iPhone and so over a period of a couple of days I transferred my whole CD collection into iTunes and thereafter onto my iPad and my iPhone. It was only after I’d removed and copied all my CDs that I found a long lost CD lying without a cover at the back of the CD rack – yup – Rondo Veneziano’s
in Peril. I’ve been playing it ever since. Venice
Now, I know that it will not be everyone’s cup of tea but if you had been walking into that convention hall on the Lido with a misty
a few miles across the lagoon looking like it had a limited lifespan, you too might have been affected like I was. Venice
Not everything was quite so romantic on that trip I hasten to add. Apparently, the IBM ‘cash man’, a faceless, nameless guy who traveled with a case full of £250,000 cash in local currency to ‘sort out’ local difficulties was in demand all over Venice as group dinners went unpaid, bars were drunk dry and police fines were racked up at an alarming rate.
Fun days indeed.
If you wish to hear Rondo Veneziano, click on the link below.