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My Homepage for the last 3 months or so began with these paragraphs of promotion...
Mel Green returns to South Africa ... Appearing in Cape TownThe Barleycorn Music Club on Wednesday March 21st at 3pmat the Saggy Stone Restaurant Villagers Rugby Club, Claremont, Cape Town. Mel joins an esteemed Cape Town line up including Steve Newman, Bill Knight, Tim Parr, Amy Tjasink, Jono Taitt, Wayne Pauli, Jamie Jupiter, Nick Turner, Jenny & the Jameses, Gerald Clark & Blacksmith. A benefit for the Barleycorn Club, after the loss of their sound equipment due to flood damage on Human Rights Day from 2 - 9pm.AND in JohannesburgMel features at TJs Folk Club in Emmarentia, Johannesburg on Thursday the 12th of April at Marks Park Sports Club, Judith Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg. This is reputed to be Johannesburg's finest acoustic music venue with a superb sound system... Performances from 7 - 10pm.  
Well. I have to mention a few observations... 
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Testimonials

Posted on February 12, 2017
 

Welcome testimonials formerly on my Guest Book page... 
“After nearly 50 years I am still listening and enjoying. Write and sing some more. You will never fade away!” – Your old mate Ernie.“Love your site and your music, Mel!” – Dean Driver
 
“You really put your heart and soul into it - I think it's great that you had so many musicians to contribute to your songs and that your muso friends supported you. Your voice still sounds like I remember - voices don't have to age, do they? They just get better!” – Caroline Blundell
 
“have been listening to your excellent CD all week and I love, love, love it! The songs have great melodies and equally beautiful messages. You are an incredible songwriter. Congratulations on a masterpiece album.... it is just beautiful. And your voice is gorgeous. Well done.” – Ruthann Baler 
 
“Mel writes beautiful songs that draw in his audiences, [...]
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Perfect Harmony?

Posted on January 18, 2016
Harmony.
A blend of voices.
Two. Three. Or four or more voices.
The female timbres.
Soprano. Mezzo soprano. Alto. Even tenor.
The male voices. 
Bass, baritone, tenor, and sometimes even counter-tenor.
When I first became aware of how sublime harmony singing could be, 
it was not from listening to recordings, or even listening closely at various concerts.
That realization came slowly...
I always sang along to the morning hymn at school, where everyone sang, even though I knew I really shouldn’t, because I am not Christian. But, the allure of some of the Anglican hymns we sang attracted me, so I sang. No one really minded.
It all really started when I sang together with my fellow schoolboys 
at the rugby games we attended, and where we were encouraged to sing all sorts of outdated melodies with lyrics that had been changed to relate to the game we were cheering for. 
Not knowing how to sing harmony I just sang along to the melody line, which we all sang in unison. [...]
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Woodshedding

Posted on October 3, 2015
Woodshedding: A term for concentrating on practicing guitar, learning new songs, licks, styles of playing. Thinking about one's way of presenting oneself in performance. Navel gazing. Listening to others. Listening to oneself. This last year has been one where I've been doing all of those things. Not playing out very much. Assessing whether playing out regularly equates to playing better, or not... 
Attending the Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW) this last July as usual made me realize that the mere joy of playing with others should always be considered to be one of the most elementary ways of learning. Learning how to play with others, How to step forward. How to step back and play a supporting role. How to be selfless. And also how to insinuate one's self into the mix. 
Being complimented regarding how well I play with others at my age is no small compliment. And once again I am reminded that that is how I began in this musical oeuvre. And also why I love singing harmony [...]
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Memories are made of them...

Posted on August 9, 2014
2014 was a year of much change all over this tiny blue planet.
The music world, such as it is in this modern era of instant celebrity, and equally equal obscurity changed a lot too. 
One's personal musical tastes were fortunately much entertained and fulfilled, thanks to the many examples of wonderful music available to anyone with a computer, an iPod, iPhone and yes, even a turntable, as vinyl made a minor come-back.
The music world at large lost it's share of giants… those of us fortunate to have heard them, met them and admired them were saddened at the news of those who ascended to that great choir in the sky.
I particularly will miss… 
Pete Seeger, the pied-piper of folk since my pre-teens, and mentor to so many of us folkies.
Phil Everly, duo harmony singer, and a source of my most pleasurable listening moments as a teenager and beyond.
Jesse Winchester, the modest and very effective singer songwriter… 
all were consummate musicians, songwriters [...]
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