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Showing posts with label Happy New Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Happy New Year. Show all posts

Monday, December 31, 2012

One For The Birds - A Hornbill At My Balcony

 
You Tube Video: Snowbird by Anne Murray (The Oldrecordclub). 

SONGS I LOVE:

I heard a thud on my balcony while reading the newspapers this last morning of 2012. I looked out and saw a hornbill.  I was thrilled. Compared to the numerous sparrows and merbak jambul that frequent our place, this one up close was a huge creature as it perched itself roughly on the shiny garden chair. I have been trying to observe this particular bird for months having seen it streaking around this wooded area with its yellow beak and jet black feathers.

It was about nine o'clock and cloudy but I whipped out my trusty iPhone and took some shots. The bird flew away after it left some poop on the ledge. It must have got bored.  I checked Google Images and realised it could be an Oriental Pied. Here's a paragraph about this bird.

"The Hornbill is the national symbol of Sarawak. The people there view the bird as a symbol of purity. They use either the bird itself or its representation in their religious ceremonies. In Sarawak, as in other South East Asian countries, the hornbill is a protected species: from essortment.com"

As usual, my music memory took me back to days of yore and songs with a bird theme. There is Humming Bird, Mockingbird Hill, Snowbird, Bye Bye Blackbird, Bye Bye Birdie, Blackbird, Fly Like An Eagle, Mockingbird, Rockin' Robin, When The Red Red Robin, Eagle. And the famous Indonesian one is, Burung Kakak Tua (Parrot) by Anneke Gronloh.

It's a short selection because I am sure there are many more songs with 'bird' titles. If you know any please contribute.

Happy New Year 2013 everyone. Symbol of purity huh? Hope the bird brings me better luck than the dragon year did. But it's not over is it, the dragon year?

Marina Bay Countdown 2013 Tonight.
http://www.essortment.com/hornbill-bird-25714.html

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Someone Needs Help Badly, Will You Give Some?

Used as a teaching aid in a Singapore school textbook some years ago, this international pop anthem about the street poor was first recorded in 1969.  It is the third time I am posting *Streets of London on this blog. I would probably post it again in another year to remind us of the squalor, deprivation and loneliness of many homeless people in this world today. Some things never change.
 
When you are sipping that glass of champagne and slurping the caviar, tucking into succulent chicken rice and downing it with Tiger or just watching the ushering in of New Year 2013 on TV please remember the very poor who need our help.
 
I am not being hypocritical but perhaps just two Singapore dollars placed in the hands of someone who needs the money is sufficient. Or more if you wish. Depends on how much your heart (not head)  is willing to give. Don't force yourself. If you can't, don't.
 
Watch the above video to the end because it's different from the others available on You Tube. wildfiremedia who produced the clip had an interview with Ralph McTell on the streets of  London. 
 
Happy New Year... hopefully.

If you can spare something, check out the list below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_voluntary_welfare_organisations_in_Singapore

Video: from wildfiremedia on You Tube.


Streets of London is written by Ralph McTell, first recorded for his 1969 album Spiral Staircase but not released in the United Kingdom as a single until 1974. It was his greatest commercial success, reaching number two in the UK singles chart, at one point selling 90,000 copies a day.

As McTell explains on the video it could be any street in any big city in the world. He was inspired by an older song called, Poor People of Paris (1954) made good by Les Baxter and Orchestra. I remember this one, do you?
 
Over two hundred artists have made covers of this song including Cliff Richard, Blackmore's Night, Mary Hopkin, Raffi, Sam Hui, Sinéad O'Connor, Schooner Fare, Anti-Nowhere League, Roger Whittaker, Cleo Laine,  Cat Stevens Oskar Weise/Tom Brner, Tommy Korberg  and Liam Clancy. Its popularity was also the subject of a comedy sketch on BBC show Big Train. Read more from wikepedia..

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Auld Lang Syne: Robert Burns, In The Midnight Hour

Aside:
Today is a special New Year's Day (1.1.11). It's lst January, 2011. You won't get this combination again for another 100 years.

Auld Lang Syne/Origin:
Yes, he did. Robert Burns (image) Scottish poet, wrote Auld Lang Syne in 1788, the song that you sing at a party, as the clock strikes the midnight chimes to usher a new year.
The tune is a traditional Emglish folk song called the Roud, taken from the data base of a librarian called Steve Roud who compiled the list only recently in 1993.

Meaning:
The words of the song, literally translated from old Scottish dialect, means Old Long Ago and is about love and friendship in times past. There are many other arrangements and interpretations of this folk song and Beethoven has one gem of a version.
Singapore tries very hard to have 'original' songs. Perhaps one of our composer could think of a version for this island. Wouldn't work would it? And in what language?

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011!

Lyrics:
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne.
Chorus:
For auld lang syne my dear
For auld lang syne
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

For other postings on Robert Burns click 'Labels' below.
Original article: Andy Lim
Information from Wikipedia and other Websites.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

A Happy New Year From Singapore 60s Music


HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY NEW YEAR


Happy New Year Lyrics: Sung/Composition: By ABBA. Songwriters: Anderson, Benny Goran Bror/Ulvaeus, Bjoern K.
No more champagne
And the fireworks are through
Here we are, me and you
Feeling lost and feeling blue
It's the end of the party
And the morning seems so grey
So unlike yesterday
Now's the time for us to say
 Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbor is a friend
Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don't we might as well lay down and die
You and I
Sometimes I see
How the brave new world arrives
And I see how it thrives
In the ashes of our lives
Oh yes, man is a fool
And he thinks he'll be okay
Dragging on, feet of clay
Never knowing he's astray
Keeps on going anyway

Seems to me now
That the dreams we had before
Are all dead, nothing more
Than confetti on the floor
It's the end of a decade
In another ten years time
Who can say what we'll find
What lies waiting down the line
In the end of eighty-nine

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A HAPPY & PEACEFUL NEW YEAR 2010 !

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 TO EVERYONE. LET'S HAVE MORE YEARS OF FUN AND BLOGGING SINGAPORE 60s MUSIC. CHEERS!

ABBA was a pop music group formed in Sweden in 1970, consisting of Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida), Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson (the B-boys) and Agnetha Fältskog (Anna). Both Anni-Frid and Benny were married.

So were Bjorn and Agnetha but both couples later divorced. They became one of the most commercially successful vocal groups in popular music, and topped the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982.

Image: jerseyarts.wordpress.com/.../
Website: http://www.abbaworld.com/ You Tube Sidebar: Brighnights June 4th, 2006.