You’ll Never Walk Alone

July 9, 2017

Inspired by Andrei’s comment on yesterday’s singing at the rugby post:

This is Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Youtube also has versions by:

André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra 

Aretha Franklin

Barbara Streisand

Beyonce

Celtic Women

Doris Day

Elvis Presley

Judy Garland

Frank Sinatra

Hayley Westenra

Johnny Cash

Kiri Te Kanawa  and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Louis Armstrong

Olivia Newton John

Ray Charles

Righteous Brothers

Roy Orbison

Sol3 Mio and live

Susan Boyle

The Beatles

The Three Tenors

And from the musical Carousel

 


We don’t sing as one

July 8, 2017

The Welsh have been singing at rugby games for generations.

Australians took to singing Waltzing Matilda  more recently.

Why don’t New Zealanders sing?

When we were in Argentina to watch the Pumas play their first home game in the Rugby Championship against the All blacks four years ago, the group practised singing before the game but once we got to the stadium any attempts to get a rousing song going petered out.

The Rugby Union has been using social media to get garner enthusiasm for Tutira Mai 

It means stand as one but it hasn’t got us singing as one.

It’s been shared and liked on Facebook by thousands of people but has failed to get traction at the tests.

Lions fans have been louder, and possibly more numerous than the locals.

Maybe many of the people who go to rugby matches aren’t the people on social media.

And playing Tutira Mai through the speakers isn’t enough to get the crowd singing. As we found in Argentina, that requires strong singers in the crowd.

I like the song, even though Ngatai Huata, the daughter of Canon Wi Te Tau Huata, who composed it, says we’ve got the words and tune wrong but I won’t be at the test and even if I was, I’m definitely not the one to get a crowd  to sing as one.

However, singing or not, I will be backing black and my prediction – based on the fact the team will want a win for captain Kieran Read’s 100th test and they will also be focussed on continuing the unbroken steak of series wins against the Lions – is a win to the All Blacks by um, 21-13.

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Residue (Shape of You parody)

June 30, 2017

Peterson Farm Bros have a new parody:


Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture

June 8, 2017

Bob Dylan has delivered his Nobel Prize lecture :

When I first received this Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering exactly how my songs related to literature. I wanted to reflect on it and see where the connection was. I’m going to try to articulate that to you. And most likely it will go in a roundabout way, but I hope what I say will be worthwhile and purposeful.

If I was to go back to the dawning of it all, I guess I’d have to start with Buddy Holly. Buddy died when I was about eighteen and he was twenty-two. From the moment I first heard him, I felt akin. I felt related, like he was an older brother. I even thought I resembled him. Buddy played the music that I loved – the music I grew up on: country western, rock ‘n’ roll, and rhythm and blues. Three separate strands of music that he intertwined and infused into one genre. One brand. And Buddy wrote songs – songs that had beautiful melodies and imaginative verses. And he sang great – sang in more than a few voices. He was the archetype. Everything I wasn’t and wanted to be. I saw him only but once, and that was a few days before he was gone. I had to travel a hundred miles to get to see him play, and I wasn’t disappointed. . .

John Donne as well, the poet-priest who lived in the time of Shakespeare, wrote these words, “The Sestos and Abydos of her breasts. Not of two lovers, but two loves, the nests.” I don’t know what it means, either. But it sounds good. And you want your songs to sound good.

When Odysseus in The Odyssey visits the famed warrior Achilles in the underworld – Achilles, who traded a long life full of peace and contentment for a short one full of honor and glory – tells Odysseus it was all a mistake. “I just died, that’s all.” There was no honor. No immortality. And that if he could, he would choose to go back and be a lowly slave to a tenant farmer on Earth rather than be what he is – a king in the land of the dead – that whatever his struggles of life were, they were preferable to being here in this dead place.

That’s what songs are too. Our songs are alive in the land of the living. But songs are unlike literature. They’re meant to be sung, not read. The words in Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be acted on the stage. Just as lyrics in songs are meant to be sung, not read on a page. And I hope some of you get the chance to listen to these lyrics the way they were intended to be heard: in concert or on record or however people are listening to songs these days. I return once again to Homer, who says, “Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story.”

I like that the meaning doesn’t have to matter.

Sometimes I don’t get the meaning of what I read or hear but I still like the way the words sound and the power they have to affect my feelings.

You can listen to Dylan delivering the lecture at the link above.


Shopera

April 10, 2017

If only supermarket shopping could be this entertaining:


Peter Sarstedt 10.12.41 – 8.1.17

January 11, 2017

Singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt has died.

He died peacefully after a six-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a family statement said. . . 

Born into a musical family in India, Sarstedt was one of three brothers who all enjoyed success in the UK singles chart. . . 

Sarstedt’s music reached new audiences when Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) was included in the Wes Anderson films Hotel Chevalier and The Darjeeling Limited, which were both released in 2007. . . 


Quote of the day

December 27, 2016

Bienaventurados los pobres porque saben, con certeza, que no ha de quererles nadie por sus riquezas.

Bienaventurados los que alcanzan la cima porque será cuesta abajo el resto del camino.

Bienaventurados los que aman porque tienen a su alcance más de un cincuenta por ciento de un gran romance.

Bienaventurados los que están en el fondo del pozo porque de ahí en adelante sólo cabe ir mejorando.

Bienaventurados los que presumen de sus redaños porque tendrán ocasiones para demostrarlo.

Bienaventurados los que contrajeron deudas porque alguna vez, alguien hizo algo por ellos.  – Joan Manuel Serrat who celebrates his  73rd birthday today.

 

Blessed are the poor, for they know for certain that no one is to love them for their riches.

Blessed are those who reach the summit because it will be downhill the rest of the way.”

Blessed are those who love because they have at their disposal more than fifty percent of a great romance.

Blessed are those who are at the bottom of the well, because from then on, it is only possible to improve.

Blessed are those who boast of their journeys because they will have occasions to prove it. 

Blessed are those who incurred debts because sometime, someone did something for them.

The words are from the song Bienaventurados:


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