My husband has a new interest since Covid began. He is learning to play the keyboard, music theory and composition. He composed this piece of music which I find to be light and refreshing. I hope you enjoy his first piece 🙂
It is weeks since I wrote anything on my blog! Not necessarily a bad thing. Instead I decided to start a hand-written journal to capture some of the experiences of living through a pandemic. A strange experience for all of us and continues to be pervasive one way or another.
As I go about my day I think of things to blog about but before I know it, the day has gone. One thing that struck me recently was the concept of ownership – a new perspective for me. I sometimes ‘google’ the addresses of places I used to live and quite often the houses come up from the most recent real estate listing. You can do a walk-through of at least two of my former homes. I have even found some homes where my grandparents lived in the 1920’s!
Getting back to ‘ownership’ – I look at my former homes with a sense of permanence even though I only lived in them for a short time. One house in Melbourne we only lived in for 12 months – 40 years ago! The people we sold it to still live there. Any yet that house appears in my dreams and has grown in my imagination.
In actual fact these homes were just a roof over our heads for a period of time before the next family moved in and it became ‘theirs’. We can’t lay any claim of ownership on our friends or family either. We are just fortunate to share some parts of our lives with them. Perhaps it is a sign of me getting older and a sense of gratitude for the people I share my time with. Things we purchase can be useful and even beautiful but they do not last forever.
I got hooked on this song 6 or so months ago (it kept turning up wherever I went) and maybe it sums up what I am trying to say …
I watched an amazing film today at the CinefestOz Festival in Busselton. Please check out the link to learn more about the Festival that finished today.
The movie, The Song Keepers, was recently shown at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
From the website:
I found it very moving and had lots of laughs as well. I have lived and worked in Aboriginal communities in remote parts of Australia and these women in the movie reminded me of those I knew. Just as the Hermannsburg Mission is part of their story I realised that my time spent in these communities are part of MY story and I feel much enriched by the experience.
The Trailer for the movie is below.
Getting started was the hardest bit. Always worried I might mess it up 🙂
With the many changes to how we listen to music today I have been finding that even though there are so many options, I am actually listening to less music. We decided that having easier access to the multitude of CD’s we own would increase the likelihood of listening to music more often.
After searching the internet we found a CD cabinet that seemed promising. It arrived in two flat-packs and I volunteered to put it together. I was feeling confident after doing two bedside tables earlier this year.
In the end I was surprised to see how much space we have left over. The CD’s are now sorted into their different genres. No excuses now for not listening to music!
Here are a few shots of the progression of the project:
A few months ago I received an email requesting my permission to use a photo from my blog. I was surprised and pleased that I was asked and happily gave my permission.
The link for Mining Tax will display the photo and how it is being used. It was taken in 1988 when I went to the Pilbara with my three sons and had a tour of Mt Newman Mining.
The link also provides an opportunity to listen to the music and buy it if you like it. It is a new CD called Degenerational Report by Perth band, Mining Tax.
Good friends of ours and talented musicians, Don and Deirdre, have established a website to promote their new CD.
There is also a blog section with some interesting and entertaining reading about their travels.
Click on the link below for samples and lyrics of all songs
In Don’s own words, “There is mid-tempo soft rock, a touch of reggae, country, a few ballads and two instrumentals. You can listen to samples of every song on the site – they may just briefly transport you back to the 60s …”
Image from http://www.dreamstime.com
This morning I was transported back in time to 1969 …
I was getting a few items from the supermarket and a song came over the PA system. I was taken back to a time with some friends in Swan Hill (Victoria) and remembered listening to a good-looking guy playing his guitar and singing Don’t Forget to Remember Me. He seemed to be mesmerised by my friend Rina – as all the boys seemed to be back then. I was an onlooker to the experience but it remains a powerful memory evoked back into consciousness by the Bee Gees music and lyrics this morning.
“The first tune is the hymn Calon Lan (‘Pure Heart’). The written ‘a’ in ‘Lan’ has a little ‘roof’ over its head (‘^’) – it rhymes with ‘barn’ as opposed to ‘ban’.
The tune is by John Hughes (1872-1914). The words were first penned by his friend Daniel James (1848 -1920), a Welsh bard who worked at the old tinplate works at Landore just outside Swansea, the current site of Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium. Both men knew tragedy in their lives, 19th century living was very harsh in industrial South Wales.
The celebrated fusion of the words and music is guaranteed to warm the hearts of all Welshmen whenever and wherever they hear it sung. The translation into English definitely loses something, however the first verse roughly translated is something like :
I do not ask for a life of luxury, the world’s gold or its fine pearls.
I do ask for a happy heart, and honest heart, a pure heart.
And the chorus :
A pure heart, full of goodness, is more lovely than the fair lily.
Only a pure heart can sing, sing during the day and during the night.
The second tune is the Welsh national anthem Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, needs no introduction, translated ‘Ancient Land of My Fathers’ but commonly called just ‘Land of My fathers’, words written by Evan James and the tune by his son James James of Pontypridd.”
Cheers – Lorraine
As if by magic, you can now play the guitar with great skill. What is the first song you will play? A suggestion from Plinky Prompts
There are so many songs I love but most of my favourites are Eagles songs. For this blog I have chosen Desperado. I hope you enjoy it.
What song would you choose?
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