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 Posted:   Sep 21, 2011 - 7:28 PM   
 By:   stravinsky   (Member)

God Casa Cassettes! I loved that shop...it was kind of exotic as the whole shop was run by sophisticated older women. I'm coming up for 42 now and that wee shop brings back deep memories for me... and all of them good. When I was 8 I stayed off school one Friday in January or February 1978 and my Uncle Jack (not my real uncle but one of my Ma's alcoholic pals) took me to see Star Wars at the Odeon on Renfield St. It blew my mind and he sat beside me drinking cans of carlies he had bought from an off licence. We both enjoyed it. What a day!
I pestered and pestered my maw to get me the tape of Star Wars and I finally got both tapes of Star Wars and Empire for Xmas 1980 and she bought them for me from Casa Cassettes...we just lived a short way away near St Georges Cross. Well those tapes (which I still have as well as the original tape of Jedi which I also bought from Casa) lead onto other things. That same year I went to see Superman...and well you know the story. The more film music I heard the more I loved the sound of the orchestra...I fell victim to it's charms.
I soon started buying classical music and my first classical purchase when I was in 1st year at secondary (again from casa) was a Decca tape of Antal Dorati conducting Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra narrated by Sean Connery. When I was 14 I bought the tape of Horner's score to Star Trek III after having seen it at the ABC across the road...the only logical place to buy it was...Casa! In fact at that age I don't even think I knew other record shops existed. The last thing I bought there before it closed was when I was a student in London...I was up for the holidays and noticed they had a sale on and they were offering a box set of Wilhelm Kempff performing all of the Beethoven Piano Concerto's with the Berlin Philharmonic on DG...I snapped it up for a fiver.
Movie soundtracks are so dear to me because they opened up the wonder of music to my young ears...so much so that I ended up studying at the Royal College of Music in London and became an opera singer. I sing Tenor with Scottish Opera chorus now. I'm not bumming my load here but things really came full circle when I sang with London Voices on all of the Star Wars Prequels at Abbey Road...I have the photie of me and Williams on my living room wall now in my flat in the city centre.
I know this sounds daft but why don't we all meet up once a month in the toon? I know there is MSN, Texts, Facebook, Twitter, and even this forum but nothing beats face to face communication...and loving the music I do can be a very lonely passion sometimes. As well as film music I love Classical, Jazz, World, Minimal, Soul, Electro, Indie and I have even started writing my own stuff. What a pleasure it would be to meet up and talk about music...my life's driving passion. See what youse think! All the best! Cheers Raymond

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2011 - 1:11 AM   
 By:   siriami   (Member)

It was always a "must" for me to visit Casa when I had a day in Glasgow. They had a marvellous collection of vinyl, and loads of American imports, too. As well as a few "unmentionables" of Hollywood musicals etc. I used to come back to Edinburgh laden with LPs! (I think I still might have a Casa plastic bag around somewhere, too.)
I like the sound of a meeting, too - maybe we could arrange something for the Scottish FSM'ers?
Cheers
Alistair

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2011 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   stravinsky   (Member)

It was always a "must" for me to visit Casa when I had a day in Glasgow. They had a marvellous collection of vinyl, and loads of American imports, too. As well as a few "unmentionables" of Hollywood musicals etc. I used to come back to Edinburgh laden with LPs! (I think I still might have a Casa plastic bag around somewhere, too.)
I like the sound of a meeting, too - maybe we could arrange something for the Scottish FSM'ers?
Cheers
Alistair


Hi Alisair,
Yes I would love to meet other Scottish FSM'ers! I really hope we can get something organised and we wouldn't always have to meet in Glasgow but wherever suits. I find it is such a lonely passion loving the music I love. I don't even bother talking to my friends about some of the stuff I listen to (and not all of it is film music) because I've tried to engage people before...to looks of utter incomprehension. I'm sure you construe my meaning. Hope all's well with you. Cheers Ray

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2011 - 5:44 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Nice to hear the memories of Casa.Yeah...I'd be great to meet other Scottish FSMrs.... I'd be up for that. That sounds like a great job you've got Raymond.

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2011 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I enjoyed reading the OP. Ah, memories...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2011 - 1:07 PM   
 By:   stravinsky   (Member)

Nice to hear the memories of Casa.Yeah...I'd be great to meet other Scottish FSMrs.... I'd be up for that. That sounds like a great job you've got Raymond.

Spook so far you are the only one who has responded to me re getting a meeting together in Glasgow. No one's interested I think. Shame!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2011 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   Faren451   (Member)

Nice to hear the memories of Casa.Yeah...I'd be great to meet other Scottish FSMrs.... I'd be up for that. That sounds like a great job you've got Raymond.

Spook so far you are the only one who has responded to me re getting a meeting together in Glasgow. No one's interested I think. Shame!


I would be interested in meeting up but I,m only in Scotland on holiday at the moment. I moved to the Caribbean (Antigua) last year. I work in the restaurant business and the season starts soon.
It is indeed a very lonely passion at times. I,m very lucky to be friends with another FSM,er who lives in Norwich ( I lived there for a few years too) and we spent many a happy evening talking about and playing film music. Whenever I,m in the UK we always get together and keep in touch via the internet.
I probably won,t make a meeting this year but when I return next May I would love to meet up in Glasgow with you all.
By the way, I don,t have any CD,s delivered to me in Antigua (expensive import duties to pay) so I send them all to my parents in Scotland. Coming home in May is like Christmas opening all the CD,s you guys have been discussing for months on this board!!!!
Thank goodness for my i-pod to keep me going all those months. The sacrifices I make for a life in the sun HA! HA!

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2011 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

And remind me: when is it your down my way next?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2011 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   Faren451   (Member)

And remind me: when is it your down my way next?

Hi Steve me old mate!!
I intend to be around your neck of the woods from 7th or 8th October and leave on 15th October (Sat)
I know you are away on hol that week but let me know what date you return and we will take it from there.
By the way I,m loving my copy of Explorers and 20,000 leagues.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2011 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I've only been to Glasgow once, in the mid 60s, and didn't know Casa Cassettes but I enjoyed that opening post. Thanks for sharing.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2011 - 2:13 AM   
 By:   siriami   (Member)

I've only been to Glasgow once, in the mid 60s, and didn't know Casa Cassettes but I enjoyed that opening post. Thanks for sharing.

I'm still up for a meet, too - as I am an old codger and retired, I can probably make about any time. Prefer afternoons, though.
Alistair

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2011 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   stravinsky   (Member)

I've only been to Glasgow once, in the mid 60s, and didn't know Casa Cassettes but I enjoyed that opening post. Thanks for sharing.

I'm still up for a meet, too - as I am an old codger and retired, I can probably make about any time. Prefer afternoons, though.
Alistair


Don't care how old you are. I work for Scottish Opera chorus so have a load of afternoons free. We should all meet up man!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2011 - 1:50 AM   
 By:   siriami   (Member)

Ray - have added my email address to my profile - let's organise an FSM/Scotland branch meeting!
Alistair

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2011 - 5:21 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Ray - have added my email address to my profile - let's organise an FSM/Scotland branch meeting!
Alistair


That'd be a grand idea. My E-mails in my profile so drop me a line. I work a 9 -5 job though so afternoons wouldn't be that great for me.

 
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