Can popular be good?

October 14, 2016

Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for literature for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.

He is the first songwriter to win the prize.

The award has surprised many and begs the question: can the popular be good?

Our Farm Song

August 16, 2016

Peterson Farm Bros have released another song:


Another NZ World Champion

August 14, 2016

Not sport this time. From the Royal New Zealand Pipe Bands’ Association‘s Facebook page:

A kiwi claims a World Championship title! Congratulations to Scott Marshall, who competed with the Johnstone band and claimed the grade two World title in the wee hours of the morning. From all of us at home here in New Zealand, Scott, we are very proud of your efforts!

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Merle Haggard 6.4.37 – 6.4.16

April 7, 2016

Country singer Merle Haggard has died:

Merle Haggard, the grizzled country music legend whose songs such as “Okie from Muskogee” and “Fightin’ Side of Me” made him a voice for the workingman and the outsider, has died. He was 79.

Haggard died Wednesday, his birthday, of complications from pneumonia at his home in Northern California, his agent Lance Roberts told CNN. . . 

Quote of the day

March 24, 2016

It is not enough to have a song on your lips. You must also have a song in your heart. – Fanny Crosby who was born on this day in 1820.

Hogsnort Rupert’s Alec Wishart has died

January 23, 2016

Alec Wishart, frontman for Hogsnort Rupert’s Original Flagon Band, later rebranded as Hogsnort Rupert, has died.


Karl du Fresne pays tribute to a lovely man and born entertainer.

I’m not sure I could have named any members of the band but their music is etched in my memory.

My brothers and I saved up to buy our father a record of his favourite song Pretty Girl for a birthday or Christmas and we often danced to it.


Aunty Alice Brought Us This  was another one which got our toes tapping.

One Christmas morning the church organist was playing a medley of carols as we waited for the service to begin when she suddenly stopped mid-bar and giggled. The tune that started as a carol had morphed in to Aunty Alice.

Quote of the day

January 21, 2016

I then realized that I could never be satisfied again with the mere natural charm of my voice, that I had to constantly paint when singing, melting all the colors, expressing reds and blacks that had to be less primary but bursting with subtly colored combinations. – Placido Domingo who celebrates his 75th birthday today.


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