Songs Mom Still Plays – 3

Mom has played the piano for about eighty years. First Granny Bland’s Ottobach, then her own Bentley she bought from her aunt Marie Bain. She can no longer read her sheet music, so doesn’t play her classical music anymore, but she still plays our favourite popular singalong and dance songs. I thought I’d know theContinue reading “Songs Mom Still Plays – 3”

Songs Mom Still Plays – 1

Over on my blog about the olden days in the Orange Free State – you know, when knights were bold and nights were cold – I’m running a series on the classical music pieces Mom Used to Play on her piano while we were growing up. Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt and fellas like that. ThoseContinue reading “Songs Mom Still Plays – 1”

1966 and all that

I was reading about 1966 – when the Beatles got blasé and the British pop music invasion of the USA waned. Yankee marketers stepped in: Pop abhors a vacuum, and just as the originals (The Beatles) ‘disappeared’, a full-page ad in Billboard promoted a ‘different sounding new group with a live, infectious feeling demonstrated byContinue reading “1966 and all that”

The Day The Music Died

Sixty years ago today a plane fell out of the sky and this was finished: American Rock n Roll musicians Buddy Holly (22), Ritchie Valens (17), and JP ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson (28) were killed when their plane crashed in Iowa. In 1971 Don McLean sang about that day AND – less known – aboutContinue reading “The Day The Music Died”

Jessie’s 21st Party

Low-key at home. Jess did it all herself; drew up lists, hired lights, organised a DJ who brought her own equipment; we bought some stuff; we bought booze. Jess invited a few good friends round, and so did I. The oldies came early, we had a slide show on Jess from the early days. IContinue reading “Jessie’s 21st Party”

Botox Ballies Blues Band

I sent this cartoon to Reed & Brauer: BTW, ‘ASILO’ on the wall means ‘ASYLUM’. . On 2013/07/18, steve reed wrote: I love it. Over here, the national broadcaster has a competition called ‘Exhumed’. A fitting term for those of us, like yourself, who played in a band as a younger person but wanna give itContinue reading “Botox Ballies Blues Band”

Sakkie Sakkie Music Heard in Westville

I can’t believe it! What’s that noise? In My Own House! On our sea cruise to Mocambique a song was played over and over ad infinitum. It got people crowding the dance floor and forming swaying lines of bodies on the boat and on the beach. It was Hamba Nawe and Jess loved it. LaterContinue reading “Sakkie Sakkie Music Heard in Westville”

Raising a Glow

Before you listen to any music, girls, outside for some exercise. Off the couch! Moan, grumble, whinge. Not a one of them wants to do anything remotely strenuous. Nothing that would make them glow. ‘Cos as we know, ‘horses sweat, gentlemen perspire and ladies just glow.’ Aw, Dad! But they start. All three are veryContinue reading “Raising a Glow”

Dad, I can’t vacuum!

Vacuum clean your room, please Jess. 16yr-old Jess. 2014. “OK” On goes the whine, to be switched off ten seconds later. Stomp, stomp, a delegation to come and see me: “Dad, I can’t vacuum!” Why not, Jess? “Cos I can’t hear my music!” She watches my jaw drop, grins triumphantly and marches back to continueContinue reading “Dad, I can’t vacuum!”

Senior Citizens Hippy Revival

Just returned from a gathering in Harrismith where my sole function was to bring the average age of the attendants down to a respectable level. Pierre’s joint 60th along with Jill Venning and Mark Raz Russel. Pierre builds, Jill farms, Mark runs Finlay’s general trading store – and the golf club – in Harrismith. AtContinue reading “Senior Citizens Hippy Revival”