From the remastered collection

 


 

available here from Amplifier in CD or MP3 format

 or from MarbecksJB Hifi, Te Papa or Big Bad Wolf in Wellington

SOME PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF PIXIE WILLIAMS MUSIC GO TO NEW ZEALAND RED CROSS

 

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Mystery solved...

Another piece of the puzzle to capture the music and story of Pixie Williams was solved on 15 August, 2013.

Francis Young sent Blue Smoke Records an email clarifying the mystery of who wrote Sailing along on a Moonbeam, a song recorded by Williams with the Allan Shand Orchestra in 1951 but not released until 1954. 

The TANZA record label has 'Rayling' as the composer, with no other detail able to be found about the song or the composer - until the email arrived from Young.

The song on the B side of Maori Rhythm, "Sailing along on a Moonbeam", was written by Claude Upjohn Grayling.  He was a farmer at Katitaki, Bay of Plenty and an amateur musician.  A copy of the original score is in the Katikati Archives.

The timing of this news was not lost on Pixie Williams' daughter who was responsible for releasing the remastered collection of her mother's music 'For the Record: The Pixie Williams Collection 1949-1951.

Nine days before receiving the email, Williams' little known recording of Grayling's song was chosen to be played at her funeral because the lyrics of the song suggested Williams was saying goodbye, that she was ok and in a better place. 

I'm sailing along on a Moonbeam

Adrift in that silvery light

You poor mortals below, cannot possibly know

The thrill of, the still of, a calm summers' night

The sad weary world sleeps below me

Forgetting the cares of the day

While I sail along on a moonbeam tonight

To dream of all that are far away

 

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