Category Archives: Music

TED Talk: Benjamin Zander on Classical Music

This TED talk from 2008 was recommended to me by my piano teacher. If you haven’t already seen it it’s well worth taking a look. If you have seen it, a second look wouldn’t be wasted. After watching it I … Continue reading

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A request of our pollies for 2013

No more singing unless you are as good as this. Happy new year

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Cover Art

There’s a beauty to cover songs.  The musician, free from obligation to be new, hip commercial or even original, has simply to play homage to the songs that they love. When some people, not big stars, just talented people with … Continue reading

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Singing politicians – a passing fad, we hope

It wasn’t enough that we were all recently exposed to the unbelievably tone-deaf talents of Craig Emerson. Before that there was former Senator Mary Jo Fisher’s very strange spoken rendition of the Rocky Horror Timewarp number, eerily presaging the instability … Continue reading

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Waiting for my real life to begin

They played the studio version of this song by Colin Hay on the day that we learned that Greg Ham had died.   It was a good choice. I saw Colin Hay play this song back in 2002 at Woodford.  Back … Continue reading

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Herding Part Two: Superstars

This wasn’t supposed to be the theme of part two (Part One is here) but Jessica Irvine’s recent and timely column on superstardom and One Direction prompted me to add my two cents’ worth – well someone else’s two cents’ … Continue reading

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A gem is uncovered: Tom Lehrer in Denmark in 1968

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