The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
Australian baritone John Shaw was born in Newcastle, New South Wales on 12 October 1924 into a musical family - both his grandfathers were singers, and he became interested in singing when very young. Later he studied in Melbourne.
John Shaw died of cancer on 24 February 2003 in Sydney, aged eighty-one.