G’day G’day How ya goin? Aussie Greetings

gdaygdayAustralians are a relaxed, friendly nation and the most famous Australian greeting is G’day (short for Good day).

G’Day, G,Day is a song by Australian country music legend, Slim Dusty. Here is a video of the song and the lyrics which contain some great Australian slang and language.

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Music listening – Transistor radio to Internet jukebox

transistorThis is the story of my life of music-listening and the evolution of technology.  I thought of calling this article “From Transistor Radio to CDs, iPhone, MP3s, streaming audio. and YouTube” but that title is a bit long.

The technology of listening to music has changed enormously in my lifetime of over half a century.

In my childhood I had to wait for my favourite song on the radio or hear the record in a shop or at a friend’s house. Now I can find almost any song easily on YouTube  or play the media file on my computer or phone.

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Gary Wright – Dreamweaver – Symphonic Rock

Dreamweaver is a song by Gary Wright released in 1975. It has a symphonic rock style created by the exclusive use of keyboards and synthesisers.

In this video you can see Gary playing Fender Rhodes piano. Other instruments include Hammond Organ, Minimoog and ARP String Ensemble (from Wikipedia).

Watch the video, enjoy this music and follow the lyrics. You probably remember this music used in Wayne’s World.

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Nights in White Satin – Moody Blues -Symphonic Rock

“Nights in White Satin” was released in 1967 (and later reissued in 1972) and was one of the first “symphonic rock” songs I heard. The other is the Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.

The song uses an orchestra to provide lush string sounds.

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Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum – Symphonic Rock

Procol Harum’s single “Whiter Shade of Pale” was released in 1967 and was one of the first “symphonic rock” songs I heard. The other is the Moody Blue’s “Nights in White Satin“.  I particularly like the sound of the Hammond organ.

There is a lot of discussion of how the music was influenced by J. S. Bach and you can read more on Wikipedia about this.

So let’s hear the original song, follow the lyrics then watch a more recent live version.

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Interstellar – the search for new worlds

InterstellarIn late December 2014 I saw the movie Interstellar on the big screen in the Event Cinema, George Street, Sydney.   I sat in the third row so I could get the maximum effect of the big picture and sound.

I enjoyed the film very much and there were so many aspects that gave me deep satisfaction –  sending my imagination into outer space, exploring the universe, thinking about  human survival and what it means to be human.

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