Music is . . .

October 7, 2014

When was the last time you sang with others?

If you don’t attend church, aren’t a member of a choir or band nor have family and friends who regularly break into song,  you will be in the minority if it was recently.

My family wasn’t musical but we sang together in the car.

That started to change when cars got radios and now with personal listening devices it’s not unusual to have people in a vehicle listening to their own individual choices of music.

Fewer people go to church and social occasions when singing is encouraged are few and far between for most of us.

When I’m a celebrant for weddings and funerals I try to encourage at least one song because it provides the opportunity for all those attending to literally unite in one voice and be a harmonious and vocal part of the ceremony.

Families organising funerals do usually choose a song but sadly many of the couples I marry say they can’t think of anything to sing.

Music is an important part of any culture and I think it’s unfortunate that the opportunities to sing together are no longer common place.


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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


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