Moooving to beat of Royals

August 5, 2014

A video of a Kansas farmer playing Lorde’s Royals to his cows has become a YouTube hit:

. . . Kansas local Derek Klingenberg plays the song on a trombone to grab the cows’ attention and a video shows them clamouring to get in on the action.

In a post on Facebook Mr Klingenberg said there was “something wonderful” about playing an instrument in the middle of a prairie to 380 heifers. . .

All I Do Is Farm

July 18, 2014

You can read the background to the video on Peterson Farm Bros blog.

. . . All they do is farm. That’s what a lot of people think about farmers. “Yeah, they work hard and they are important and stuff, but they’re just farmers, right?”

There are thousands of professions out there, many of which are higher paying, more respected jobs. But where would all the people working in those jobs be without farmers? That’s right, they would be spending their time growing their own food. Today, the average farmer feeds over 155 people and the average American spends only about 6% of their income on their food, compared to 17% in 1960. Less expensive food has allowed for 98% of the population to spend all of their time doing something else besides raising their own food. How would you like it if you spent each day of your life growing your own food, instead of working at your current job and spending loads of time and money on family, leisure, and entertainment? So yes, all we do is farm, but without us farming, you all would be starving! (Or at least growing your own food!)

And not only do we farm, we farm no matter what! In heat, cold, sleet, rain, snow, weekends, holidays, and everything in between farmers are working hard to take care of animals, crops, and people! Thank a farmer!!! . . .

Good old days of Beatles

June 21, 2014

It’s 50 years since the Beatles arrived for their only tour of New Zealand.

I was too young to notice.

My only memory of the tour is of a boy coming to school with a plastic Beatles’ wig he’d borrowed from his older brother.

The group had broken up by the time I was old enough to be interested in them but their music was still popular at the school and Bible Class dances which were the main organised entertainment for teenagers in those days.

The music is still popular, as is a lot of the music I danced to way back then.

The Young Nats organised a party at Queenstown’s Ice Bar before our recent Mainland conference.

Some of the music playing was older than I am and most was what I danced to when I was the age of the current Young Nats.

I mentioned this to one of them who said, “when it came to music, those really were the good old days.”

That the music has endured suggests he’s right.

Do they write songs like this any more?:

While the charm of the song has endured, the line I’ll write home every day dates it.

That referred to letters, written by hand in ink on paper, sent in envelopes with stamps, not emails, texts, Skype, Facetime, Facebook, Twitter and other electronic means of communications.

Put That Hoedown

May 27, 2014

From Essex Young Farmers:


May 21, 2014

A farmer’s daughter is singing for Aussie farmers:

HESTER Fraser may have been too young to remember the drought in the ‘90s but she does remember how special it felt when it rained.

And while the 25-year-old musician, currently living in Sydney, felt half the world away from her family’s farm at Armidale, seeing photos of the drought spurred her into action.

Hester is a pianist, singer/songwriter, and performing under the name Goldheist she’s written song “Dust” to raise awareness of drought and the plight of farmers but also money for drought appeals.

“I knew it (the drought) was bad but it was overwhelming when you realise the scale of what it means to live through it,” Hester said.

“The manual labour that goes into keeping stock alive – I hadn’t understood the financial cost.

“I wanted to write about the issues but I also wanted to create a message of support.”

Hester said she was further inspired when she saw the work of volunteer group Aussie Helpers, who deliver hay and visit farmers in need.

“The most powerful thing Aussie Helpers do is help farmers realise they’re not forgotten,” she said. . . .

Oh When the Cows

May 12, 2014

Most milking sheds have a radio which is usually tuned to a commercial station.

Who knows whether the cows enjoy that music, but these cattle look like they’re enjoying the jazz.

I used cattle rather than cows because I peered closely and am not sure that they’re not steers.

Hat tip: Not PC


April 11, 2014

A priest added a pitch-perfect rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah to a couple’s wedding service:

The video of Fr Ray Kelly’s unique version of the often-covered song was filmed at the weekend and has been watched on YouTube more than 2.7 million times in the space of four days.

The parish priest of Oldcastle, County Meath, told BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme that the couple had no idea what was going to happen.

“Normally local people know I sing at weddings, funerals or when I’m asked, but they didn’t know – the bride Leah is from Dublin and the groom Chris is from Cookstown in County Tyrone,” he said. . .

Fr Kelly changed the original lyrics to be more suitable for a wedding. It begins: “We join together here today, to help two people on their way.” . . .

Sol3 Mio

March 1, 2014

Interview of the week

Jim Mora in conversation with Sol3 Mio  and obviously enjoying their music and humour.

Pete Seeger: 3.5.19 – 27.1.14

January 29, 2014

Folk singer Pete Seeger has died.

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94. . .

Lorde’s a winner – tiwce

January 27, 2014

Lorde’s a winner:

Kiwi singer Lorde appeared shocked and overwhlemed as she accepted the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance.

The 17-year-old from Auckland’s North Shore was up against established superstars Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars in the category.

Lorde had performed her smash hit Royals earlier in the ceremony, and it was that song which secured her the award. . .

This probably isn’t the appropriate place for a confession – I’ve heard snatches of Royals, but haven’t knowingly listened to it, or any of her other songs, in full.

I have enjoyed what I’ve heard and intend to listen properly soon.


Lorde has now won a second Grammy:

Lorde has won her second Grammy for Song of the Year, after earlier winning the award for best pop solo performance.

She and producer/co-writer Joel Little – joint winners of the prize – took to the stage to say their thanks to their families, managers and record labels.

“Thanks to everyone who let this song explode,” she said. . . .

Things to talk about this afternoon

January 27, 2014

What will people be talking about this afternoon?

It’s not a difficult choice – there’s Lorde at the Grammys or another speech by David, um, which one is leader just now?

On the cover of the Rolling Stone

January 16, 2014

Dr Hook sang about it, Lorde’s done it: she’s on the cover of the Rolling Stone.

UPDATE: A preview of the interview is on-line at Rolling Stone.


Phil Everly: 19.1.39 – 3.1.14

January 4, 2014

Phil Everly of the Everly brothers, has died.

Auld Lang Syne

December 31, 2013

She can do worse than twerking

December 27, 2013

The twerking was bad enough, but Miley Cyrus has come up with something worse:

Follow the link if you want to. It’s on TV3’s news site but it’s not the sort of thing I’d expect to see in news while children were watching.

No doubt it’s designed to get publicity as it has – and I thought long and hard about posting on it because I realised I was giving it more.

I decided to do so because I’m increasingly concerned about the lyrics in popular music and the videos which promote them which are normalising lower and lower standards of behaviour.

Things which used to be considered private are becoming acceptable in public; illegal or immoral acts are no longer considered aberrant and if you raise so much as an eyebrow at them you’re considered a prude.

That being the case I’ll accept the label and be grateful there are still some singers like Sol3 Mio who sell records simply by singing  and some parents who know teenagers need boundaries:

. . . THE REAL LORDE: My name is Ella, that’s who I am at school, hanging out with friends, while I’m doing homework. But when I’m up on stage, Lorde is a character. . .

FINDING TIME FOR HIGH SCHOOL: My parents are really onto it; they know what young people need. My mum takes my iPhone off me at night, because I need to do homework and sleep, otherwise I’d spend all night on Facebook and Instagram. . . .

O Holy Night

December 25, 2013

When A Child Is Born

December 25, 2013

Te Harinui

December 25, 2013

Another version of my favourite carol.

What’s your favourite carol?

December 24, 2013

There are some beautiful Christmas carols.

Silent Night, O Holy Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, Away in a Manger, When A Child is Born, Little Drummer Boy . . .

But if I had to choose just one, it would be Te Harinui.

My mother chose it for her funeral, and I always remember her with love and gratitude when I hear it.

Sol3 Mio out-sells Lorde

December 23, 2013

Teenage singer Lorde has made the top of the charts internationally, but Auckland opera trio Sol3 Mio have taken the best-selling album in New Zealand.

. . . Despite it only being on sale for five weeks, it is the No. 1 selling album on this week’s Recorded Music New Zealand chart and the No. 1 selling New Zealand album for 2013.

The Samoan-New Zealand group is made up of brothers Amitai and Pene Pati, and cousin Moses Mackay. . .

You can watch. and listen to a Tagata Pasifika profile of the trio here.


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