Tag Archives: Music Sunday

Music Sunday – “Walking in the Sun” by PANG!

I simply like this song, as it is the Spring anthem for this year for me. It also reminds me of Toni Childs. You just wanna keep strolling, focussing on the present.

Shame that the music video is so uncreative, including barefoot hipsters walking across the desert the entire clip.

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Hands in My Pockets

In 1995, I felt it was very important to start establishing some sense of a music taste. Though growing up in quite the conservative household, I didn’t know where to turn or what was actually cool.

My main music influences included my parent’s old collection of LPs in a cupboard such as “Come On, Ring those Bells” by Evie (which I actually performed an interpretive dance to and made my family watch multiple times, not even at Christmas time). Here is the album cover art, just to set the scene:

Come on ring those bells Evie

 

Another favourite of mine was Patch the Pirate, a series of cassette tapes that told the stories of a fun Christian Pirate (oxymoron?) called Patch the Pirate. Plenty of jovial tunes and catchy numbers, including, The Friendship Mutiny. I have come across better naratives:

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Though a friend of mine, Dan, who was 10 at the time, had a copy of a little album called “Jagged Little Pill”. I knew nothing about it other than it was cool. So I asked him if I could borrow it,to then naturally do what you did back then, copy it to your own cassette tape via a duo cassette player. Ms Alanis was everything that I knew nothing about, Canadian. And angry. Some guy did bad things to her it seemed, but then at same time, she loved him/them.

I played the album constantly and secretly, in my room. I wrote out all the lyrics (well what I thought the Canadian was saying), it was first time I ever did that.  I wanted to ensure that I knew every song, and could pretend to be angry just like her. And Canadian.

Though the one thing missing in the whole thing, her swearing. My friend Dan had taped over every swear word in the entire album (remember when you could tape over the tabs to re-record over the top?). He was a good Christian boy who had been made to tape over the bad bits, and obviously he was really sucky at doing this (in his defence, he was 1o). It allowed about 3-5 seconds of silence in middle of songs, many times. I would have to say it killed the rhythm of the song. It also stuffed up my lyric sheets.

But that began my first proud moment of telling people I liked something hip. And when I mean I told people, mostly my teddy, as he kept secrets.

Now I leave you with this classic video, oh Alanis…

 

 

 

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Music Sunday – “Say You Love Me” by Jesse Ware

Ms Jesse Ware, is very much underrated. This song from her current album, is one of the many shiners.

I like the words, its not the usual love blah blah blah. More realistic. Go Jesse.

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Music Sunday – “Tilted” by Christine & the Queens

Tune. The best song for 2015 for me, will be hard to beat. Then the addition of an incredible music video. Her energy and presence is entrancing, she is truly a talent. I thank my good buddy Phil for introducing me to her when I was in Washington DC last week. And this song will go down with full of memories. There is an English version and the original French version, though the French version has the awesome video. Play.

FRENCH VERSION

ENGLISH VERSION

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Music Sunday – “Mine” by Pheobe Ryan 

The simple words in this song truly are powerful. Our heart and mind are ours, and ours alone. Whether we stuff up, whether we fall in love or whether we break. Whether we take ourselves to the highest mountain or the lowest valley. We still own it.

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Music Sunday – “Never Let You Go” by Alex Clare

As soon as I heard the first few bars of this song, I knew I was going to play it over and over. The happiness, the power in it. Enjoy. And sorry, only a lyric video out at moment. Here is hoping he releases a music video.

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Music Sunday – “Solo Dancing” by Indiana

I may be a little slow on the uptake on this song, though the subtle drive through this song is what I love.

I promise to start writing more again soon. What a year.

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Music Sunday – “Self Control” by Kate Boy

Kate Boy is made up of an Aussie lead singer Kate Akhurst and three Swedish bundles of talent. Love the funk behind it, it feels different to the other standard schmuck out there. Looking forward to seeing where this band go.

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Music Sunday – “After the Curtain” by Beirut

For some reason, when I heard this song for the first time, it hit a nerve. Struck a chord. Made me happy. Perhaps to others it sounds like a guy saying “oohhhhhohhh” a lot but its beautiful.

Thanks Beirut. For many of your songs.

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Music Sunday – “Who Are We Fooling” by Brooke Fraser feat. Aqualung

This song is a few years old now, but I keep coming back to it. Musically, it is just beautiful and simple. The words, powerful. Such a realistic and beautiful summary of love and relationships.

Brooke has always been an inspiration to me. Before and after I came out, she remained consistent with no matter how I felt, her words still remained comforting. So I am very thankful. From the time I saw her perform in a local pub near my house, to the Recital Centre in Sydney, I held the memories attached to her songs close.

And on a cold winter Sunday afternoon, this makes good background music while you are baking some kind of muffin. Not even the baker (me) has any idea what type of muffin this is. But the fact I am baking, not the muffin, is what is important right?

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