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TEN OF MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS

For those not decrepit enough to know…I mean vinyl records.

Not sure who started this;Scarlet, perhaps? Whatever…here we go.e

I don’t have release dates for all, but you can probably find them on Youtube.

Back in the 50s I was keen on rock n roll  and short on pocket money…many of my favourites were 78 rpm singles. Like Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lot o’ Shakin’ ”

And we had a cabinet stuffed with my parents’ show tunes and classics. Yes, I played them, too, but here, for your delectation, are MY TEN. In no special order.

Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out” was released in 1959, I think, and I might have got that as a present.I wanted it because “Take Five” was on it.

Frank Sinatra put out  “This is Sinatra” in the mid 50s and I bought it about 1960.

Scott Engel, still known as Walker in the mid 60s, released “Scott Walker” his classic(I think) solo album, featuring Jaq Brel  songs, among others. Over the years he has   changed his style, but still has the voice.

The soundtrack of “Pal Joey” was something I taped (Frank Sinatra, see!) on reel-to-reel and then, one day about 30 years ago, I was mooching in a junk shop and saw the record. For about the price of  2 cups of coffee it came home with me.

Like Sinatra, Cole Porter was a big part of my younger years and Porter albums and those of Noel Coward shuffled back and forth between my parents’ collection and mine.

I’ll move closer to “modern” music now. Anyone else like The Eagles? Today, we have CDs, but I did have one vinyl disc – the “Witchy Woman” LP.

Bob Dylan. Oh yeah. The Man still has “Blood on the Tracks”  and I think we doubled-up on the 1967 “Greatest Hits.”

I’ll leave you with one more…”American Flyer.” Only around for a couple of years, but I have a nostalgic attachment to it.

So…you might be wondering why there is no Presley in my list? I couldn’t stand him! If he’d stayed Down South and stuck to blues  I might have.

I had a few Buddy Holly singles; good dance tunes in the days when shoulder throws were “a thing.” Never bought an album though.

I should have mentioned “Carmen” as it was my favourite opera. No idea whose recording we had at home!

OK, kiddies, you can wake up now. The rest of you,totter off to your armchairs for a nap…I’m going to!

 

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IT’S GOOD TO LEARN NEW THINGS…

…and I’ve just learned a new word. Well, I’ve known this word for many years, but this definition is new (surprisingly!) to me.

I did think I’d have a little guessing game, but it would be too easy for the smarty-pants crew to google it. This is what they’d find:  In some parts of the U.S., “brolga” is used to refer to a cocktail made from ginSprite (or 7 Up), and a few drops of Angostura bitters.

But boring ol’ me had something else in mind http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brolga

Taking palm trash up to the local tip this morning I spotted a small group of Brolgas so I pulled over to the side of the road, scrambled across to the passenger seat, put the window down and managed a few shots with the little camera. (more on Flickr)

Another fact…the brolga is on the Queensland State coat of arms, with a red deer. Never figured out how or why the red deer, an introduced beast ,made it to that level!

update    The final and current addition to the coat of arms was created in 1977, during the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, with the granting of supporting animal. A Red Deer, to represent the old world and it is a classic animal of heraldry; and a Brolga, which represents the native population and it is the state’s official bird.    

 More here  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Queensland

Sporran is back to normal after her limpy leg adventure. Not sure what Dave gave her, but I’m thinking of asking him if he’ll jab my shoulder with some!

Don’t know why I’m trying to write a post when I’m so tired. We stayed up late, watching Tim Minchin on television. Recorded when he performed at the Sydney Opera House.With the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. When I think what they did to Lenny Bruce for swearing…Mr. Minchin would’ve been on permanent cauliflower cheese back then! If he’d been performing then. A difficult trick, since he wasn’t yet born! He has quite a few clips up on youtube; here’s one of them. If the sixth letter of our alphabet upsets you, don’t play the clip. Otherwise…enjoy

The bar is open…back later. 😉


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LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR YOU

In that case…let’s all have a good laugh. Having a quick zip around the blogs while the laundry whirls around , I saw this and thought: why not?


What Your Taste in Music Says About You

Your musical tastes are reflective and complex.  Yes, I’d be in agreement there

You are intellectual to the point of being cerebral.At this point I snorked my coffee

You are very open to new experiences, and even more open to new ideas and theories.OK, I’ll let that ride

Wisdom and personal accomplishment are important to you.I need to pour another cup of coffee

You are naturally sophisticated. Really?

You are drawn to art, especially art by independent artists. Yes

You are likely to be financially well off… and not because you were born that way. Someone bring me a mop – there’s a serious puddle of coffee in here…

Fancy a bit of laugh? Take the test.

http://www.blogthings.com/whatdoesyourtasteinmusicsayaboutyouquiz/

Still on things musical. Or not…I actually “played” the piano yesterday. I haven’t touched the poor thing for months [not even to dust it  😉 ]so I was, as you might expect, a bit rusty. Adding a few extra notes to tunes is interesting, don’t you think!

A great Australian died last week. There is to be a State funeral and Nancy has requested “hot pink flowers.” I hope someone, in a cockpit somewhere, has some hot pink flowers…

I’m about to push the button on this, but I expect you’d like to know why it’s so short? I am still working on (struggling with?) a lino plate and the deadline is closer than I care to think about. Sufficient reason?