Aussie Rock/Folk music – my picks

Aussie Music
A visit to the Australian Embassy and some fun on the dance floor with my good friend Niki and others form ABS, rekindled my interest – and I found out that YouTube allows you to create your own play list, did’nt know that. For the record we tried starring a band in high school but my mother (classical piano player) put an end to it when Ken Padon played the giant symbol once too often! Never mind I could play all right but can’t remember the words too well!
Anyway you can check it out at
What follows is a little commentary on each song.
AC/DC – It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll, and  the video clip of the band in the back of a truck going down Swanston street is simply the best. It is accompanied by the bag pipes played by a local bunch of Scotts.
Ac/DC You rocked me all night long is a classic.
Jimmy Barnes – so young and the hair, sings with soul. Working Class Man is still as relevant as ever, Khe Sanh, about Vietnam is always close to my heart – but for Whitlam, ‘there for the grace of God go I’ – Whitlam, our single greatest ever PM, kicked Australia awake, aboriginal rights, women’s rights, education, you name it he had a policy for most arears, not his fault he was surrounded by idiots- anyway he abolished conscription one month before my birthday might have been drawn out in the ballot. Like the Turkish, the Vietnamese are now our friends.
Hunters & Collectors and INXS – two of the great Oz bands, and Michael Hutchence certainly had a Devil Inside, and as it turned out did some things to exccess!
Redgum (I was only 19) sang about going to Vietnam as a 19 year old, and Eric Boggle (The Band Played Waltzing Matilda) wrote about the disaster of Gallipole – both wars had emence impact on Australia, 50,000 diggers lost their lives at Gallipole (Churchil the famous cigar smoking, whiskey drinking blue blood is responible). As it turns out Eric’s last line ‘no one will march there at all’ has turned out not to be prophetic, today 1000’s flock to the shores to remember – remember what is a good question I guess,  but I and my family found it a very moving experience. Redgum always reminds me of how lucky I was to miss the draft, I was in a small group of people at Murwillumbah High who was opposed to our involvement. My father spent 5 years in a prisoner of war camp, I also worked with a guy who was a conscientiousness objector in the early 1970’s – these experiences had the obvious end point of me being completly anti anything to do with war.
Kasey Chambers is beautiful with a great voice – True Colours is a Cyndi Lauper song and just tells use to be true to ourselves and be our selves – if others can’t handle that, get stuffed, least that what I think it tells us.
The Seekers – what can I add, simply the best singing you will ever hear.
Kylie – not a fan, but has to be included for her bum alone!
Paul Kelly – taught his son I think at Wesley, this is the first of  a series of songs I have included which deals with recognition of aboriginal rights – the simple fact is that we dispossed the Aborginal population and over 200+ years have made life extremely difficult, still today Aboriginal communities struggle, it is our shame to deal with.
Midnight Oil – brought the attention of a nation again to Aboriginal problems at the opening cermony of the Australian Sydney Olympics, great band – Peter you should have stayed with it mate, Politics is for ……
Yothu YindiTREATY one of a large number of great Aboriginal role models and a fantastic musician, just great.
Skyhooks – Horror Movie ‘its the 6.30 news, shocking me right out of my mind’- absolutely, and just read the Jordan Times!
Little River Band, all time great Oz band, beautiful melodies and harmonies. Saw them at Uni before they got famous, I still remember their wonderful songs.
Ol’55 – Franky Holden and Willba on Sax – just a simple band knocking out rock songs – Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry inspired. You also see a very young Daryl Summers – go the Cats.
Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs (Poison Ivy is a Stones song I think)- one of our early 60’s greats, he passed away a few years back, they were our Beatles – and Bandstand was a famous show on OZ TV.
Johnny O’KeefeWild One is off a 78 record from 1958, he was a favorite, could sing and had a wild life, RIP!
That is it, hope you enjoy.

Songs to lift the Spirt

Inspired by Alan Kohler’s reference to Strauss’ Last Four Songs Eureka Report – here are a few from You Tube to lift the spirts, including Jessie Norman’s version of “Beim Schlafengehen” (Going to sleep).

Ava Maria, irrespective if you are religious or not, is just the most amazing melody, in my humble option that is. Jessie Norman has the most beautiful voice and here it is done justice. Summertime is sung by Leontyne Price, an encore at the White House during Carters time in office, apparently. Billy Holiday is my favourite and here she sings Strange Fruit – if you have not heard this song listen carefully, it was performed first in 1936. If you think back to that time, this was truely a beautiful and brave performance.

Enjoy! Oh, and there is a ring in at the end.

Ava Maria

Beyonce has a beautiful version also.


Strauss’ last four songs


Jessie Norman

Summertime – Leontyne Price

Strange Fruit – Billy Holiday

Based on a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1936, one of the first racial

protest songs.

I am in Jordan, so here is one I found.

Chess & Kisses gone home – I got bored!

Well Cath has returned home on the big bird, should be landed shortly into Melbourne.

I got a bit bored this morning, Saturday and here is the result.

For those that don’t know I am a great admirer of Bob Dylan.

One of the first songs I ever learned was from his first album – Bob Dylan – it is called Song to Woody (this is recorded using a standard inbuilt labtop mic, so I hope it is OK, and sorry no harmonica)

For the slightly impatient when you click the link you will go to another page, click the link again and wait a little while for the player to load depending on your browser – you can probably also right click the link and save it to your computer and play it from there. I’ll see if this can be done more easily in WordPress, which is what the Blog is written in.

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The other is Girl From the North Country – I changed the last line!

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To record I used Hi-Q Recorder, which is freely available from and the words etc from memory just to prove I can remember songs! I lie, I looked them up from

Maybe off to the football (Soccer) today to support my team – Al-Faisaly, I think that is what I agreed with my friend at school who is one of the bus drivers Danzier!

Off in a couple of weekends to tour up the North West, so there should be some more nice pics.

Bye to all.