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    Where's The Money Mr Blair    Salisbury, Wilts, UK

First there was Band Aid, then Live Aid Ė now itís SCHOOL AID. In deepest rural Broadchalke a revolution is brewing. Several months ago, the record producer, The Vicar - in despair at the sight of the local school in flames as a classroom burnt down, and with the playground already filled with mobile classrooms Ė challenged me to write a song to raise money for the new school. And ever since, our work on The Vicarís Songbook No 1 has been regularly interrupted by gentle taps on the door as small children come to add their voices, often with the accompanying parent being badgered into discovering a hidden musical talent. No celebrities. A record made entirely by the local community for the local community.

And why is it needed? Because the old Victorian school needs replacing, and the government Ė our government Ė is not supplying enough money. The school needs to raise at least £400,000 from the local community. £400,000! And here was me innocently thinking that those tax demands that land on our doorsteps pay for state schooling.

And I am sure Broadchalke school is not unusual. All schools need School Aid. So we have included an instrumental version of the song, inviting other schools to add their own voices Ė and make their own versions to sell.

This is not a party political issue.
Whereís the money Mr Blair?
Can you spare a quid, Mr David?
Have you got any, Mr Kennedy?

And it will all be in vain unless enough people buy a small plastic disc, or press the download button. So please, download. And feel free to record your own version for your own charitable cause.

David Singleton.
24 November 2005.


Disc Number 1
1.  Where's the money, Mr Blair?  [PREVIEW]  
2.  Where's the money, Mr Blair? Lucas Mix  [PREVIEW]  
3.  Where's the money, Mr Blair? Instrumental Mix  [PREVIEW]  

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Reviews    Wed., Dec 21, 2005
Written by The Vicar

Toady at the Vicarage ; The Betsy

My thanks to those who have fired their shotguns at the Tall Pointy One in the review section. After several hundred more sharpened knives directed at his "appalling ditties" and "unmusical tunes", the boy wonder will have served his apprenticeship.

Whether the music is good or bad, it is certainly recognizable. Matt, from Akymbo, phoned DGM today to say that he had the song on Talk Radio, and was just thinking that "it sounds like the sort of song David would write", when the DJ duly announced that it was indeed his handiwork. 

Having started sales on the most local level possible - The Broad Chalke village shop - the song is slowly spreading outwards, with misguided shopkeepers throughout the area asking to have boxes. The leap from regional to national is in the hands of others - with DGMLive contributing 57 international sales at the last time of looking.

My thanks to one and all. Just another £399,000 to go.



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 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 starsGOOD MUSIC, Sun., Feb 5, 2006
Written by txerren59
I canít believe King Crimsonís fans can say this is bad music. I think itís very good. Litsen to it carefully, please. Maybe itís not as good as Cadence And Cascade. But, please, listen to it again! Itís very good!!



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