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This is my least favourite type of song to write. But the most important. Every life is a miracle and should be remembered.

I wrote this on the drive home after finding out today that a good friend had passed away. Andrew was a regular at Yass music events, always generous with his skill and his time. I met him back around 2007 at one of the first events I sang at in public since finishing university.

Andrew had been travelling all over Australia for the past few years, photos are from his Facebook updates.

You will be missed, and remembered.

Lyrics & Chords here:
https://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/travelling-light/

Thank you to my lovely wife for being in charge of wardrobe on this one.

Let's see your contributions to the Crazy Christmas Carol Conflation Challenge!

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An upload for my friends who celebrate Hanukkah at this time of year!

Many thanks to Orit Klein Vansky on the Facebook Ballad Scholars group for so quickly suggesting this song.

I only sing one verse of this poem, rather than inflict my terrible Hebrew on you for all six verses. You can read the English translation of the full poem here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma'oz_Tzur

Hanukkah related images from Pixabay. You can read about the origins of the festival here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah

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I wasn't planning to do any 'straight' Christmas songs this year, but Kate Rusby has just released a fabulous Christmas album with this lovely pagan song on it.

Here is Kate's recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ch-sxNCiwY

I couldn't find any public domain pictures associated with the Holly/Oak King story, so have just used pixabay seasonal photos.

You can listen to Damh the Bard's piece on the Holly/Oak King:
https://www.paganmusic.co.uk/colloquy-of-the-oak-and-holly-king/

A longer piece on the Holly King:
http://www.emrysydewin.com/the-holly-king-and-the-oak-king/

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The third installment of my Crazy Christmas Carol Conflation Challenge.

I had the pleasure of hearing Miguel Heatwole perform this at our small singers session during the Irish & Celtic music festival in Yass in September. I couldn't find the lyrics anywhere but Miguel was generous enough to send me a recording and let me do this cover.

Video of our cat, Stormageddon Darkest Lord of All (Storm for short).

I have bought a catflap, but just waiting until he is a bit bigger to install it.

I'll link to Miguel's channel at the end, but here are some other videos:

Performing with Triantan:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmlBTPkt2yQ

Another cat related song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOO3pVf-6UI

Lots of lyrics on Miguel's site (but not for catflap):
http://miguelheatwole.com/tphs/lyrics.html

For those in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, advent started on 15 November, so I don't feel bad starting Christmas early.

This year I will be doing the Crazy Christmas Carol Conflation Challenge (#C5).

No prizes for guessing which two carols have been mashed together here, maybe the next ones will be more difficult.

Please join in, send me links, tag your creations with #C5.

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I've had reason in the last few days to mull over some unpleasant memories from the recent and distant past. Has left me feeling a bit melancholy.

I love how music can resonate perfectly with your mood, and somehow diffuse it out into the universe.

Here is the ABBA original:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92cwKCU8Z5c

Some detail about the song:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Winner_Takes_It_All

And if you were after something a bit happier, check out Bruce Watson's new song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFrXiIHV7m8

Some other covers of this song:
Instrumental with 3 million+ views:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8sFBz1NvSs
The Ocelots:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQFzpCz-BVI

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This article appeared on the Sunshine Coast ABC Facebook group :
https://www.facebook.com/ABCSunshineCoast/posts/2615819125131511

It brought back some memories, so I wrote this song.

Photos from Google Maps on the street where I grew up and photos of the rollerskating rink from the Facebook post and related Facebook Group:
https://www.facebook.com/Westworld-Roller-Skating-Nambour-Rollas-757167940992654/

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Uploading this song to announce that my sixth album is now available on most streaming platforms and also viewable for free on YouTube here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6NtZbl1fiM&list=OLAK5uy_la94R7wvuZScuS9N5sYpW9_eCRiNzjpiA

Cicely Fox Smith published this poem in 1904:
https://allpoetry.com/poem/8569923-Bewitched-by-Cicely-Fox-Smith

This song isn't on the album, as I just set the poem to a melody tonight, however, the album is full of nautical themed songs, which is what Cicely is best known for, including my setting of her shanty The Anchor Watch.

I initially checked that the album title 'Songs of the Sea and Soil' hadn't been used before, but then found that the Almanac Singers had an album called 'Songs of the Sea, the Soil and the Struggle'.

Photos are from my visit to the Chalice Well in Glastonbury. There is a reference in Judaic mythology to a weeping well associated with destruction of the temple, but Cicely may have been referring to the many shrine wells around England, given the fairy references.

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I love the serendipity which sometimes leads to the songs I record. This week, a couple of great singers, Emlyn & Jodie, who I met at a few sessions in Adelaide, recorded a fabulous kitchen rendition of this song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzdHRVuyd_I&t=0s

Then Jules Dickinson on the Filker Facebook group posted a great re-write for women's equality (which I will link to if I can find it).

And after Jule's post, someone else linked to this animation which includes a beautifully harmonized rendition of the song towards the end:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGq60HUY1xI

When I think of the stranger, I think of Odin in his traveler guise. Unfortunately while the thumbnail image a few times on the internet, I can't find a source to attribute the picture to.

Here are 20 other recordings of this song, thought to have originated in the 1700/1800s:
https://thebluegrasssituation.com/read/i-am-a-poor-wayfaring-stranger-20-versions-of-an-american-classic/

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My son (10) said the first line of this to his two younger brothers, so I just had to work into a song:
https://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/before-you-were-born/

Apologies to the brilliant John Craigie for poorly imitating his style here, it just seemed to suit the song. Check out John's channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/johncraigie

Pictures from Pixabay except for the photo of all four of my sons.

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Before my set of Elvis and Leonard Cohen songs today, I took some photos of the cars on display at Classic Yass, I thought this song by Roger Taylor would go well with the photos. (https://www.classicyass.com/)

The story on Wikipedia is that Roger locked himself in the cupboard until Freddie Mercury agreed to allow it on the B-side of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Original version by Queen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7GJIloc1VQ

Interview with Roger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP-A_0l6qes

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Leonard co-wrote this song with Sharon Robinson, and I couldn't hope to re-create the way they sung it together so I have squeezed it back into the old folk-song genre.

The song appeared on the 2001 album, Ten New Songs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WaBpScRGuo

Just read that posthumous album is due for release next month!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanks_for_the_Dance

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As mentioned in my last upload, I am doing some Elvis songs this weekend.

While having a second listen to the original version of this song, released in 1968 and then re-mixed in 2001, I was appalled by the attitude towards women that the song advocates. I won't link the original song or lyrics, but it is extra shocking that nothing on the Wikipedia page for the song mentions this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Little_Less_Conversation

In any case, my re-written lyrics (which are probably hard to make out) are here:

A little more conversation, that’s the attraction
Your loquacious elocution is so amazing to me,
A little more left a little less right
With someone like you I can talk all night,
Close your book open up your mouth and criticize me
Philosophize me, Lady

Close your eyes and listen to the music
You have great selection of CDs
The record player can you show how to use it
I’d like to hear your Joni Mitchell please,

You know that I’m not tired of talking
I’ll put on the kettle, or we could go walking,
Come on, come on (Come on, come on) x 4
We speculate, you’re articulate
We contemplate, we conversate,

Hopefully the subservient, silent woman without an opinion is a thing of the past.

Copyright of the original song owned by RCA, Mac Davis and Billy Strange.

Elvis isn't my usual fare, but I'll be playing some Elvis this weekend for the local 'Classic Car' event in town:
https://www.classicyass.com/

Here is Elvis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lD711_Xh8s

Not sure how much (if any) of this song he wrote, as his publisher demanded that all songwriters cede 50% of authorship to Elvis if they wanted him to sing their songs:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Me_Tender_(song)

After watching videos from a few YouTubers I follow about the work Mr Beast is doing, I bought some trees on the #TeamTrees page:
https://teamtrees.org/

Here is the Mr Beast video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPJKxAhLw5I

And the videos from Destin at Smarter Every Day:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bsuXsxX950&t=0s

Minute Earth:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sp87LcBZLo&t=0s

Veritasum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PWMQR59M68&t=0s

and It's Okay to Be Smart:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srzniA8EKDk&t=222s

All the beautiful tree photos are from pixabay.

Here is the original song by The Beatles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usNsCeOV4GM

We screened 'Letter From Masanjia', a very powerful, but also very sad movie in town last night as part of a local human rights film festival.

Here is one of the articles in the media about the story:
https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-45976946

A review of the film:
https://blackgirlnerds.com/review-documentary-letter-from-masanjia/

The film's website:
https://www.letterfrommasanjia.com/about-the-film/

More about the 20 year history of the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong here:
https://faluninfo.net/

Please go and see this film when it comes to your town.

Lyrics here:
https://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/letters-from-hell/

My wife had a strange dream last night, that David Bowie had sent me a letter.

I'll explain the dream below, but thought recording this song from Hunky Dory in 1971 would be a good way to mull over the message.

Photos from Pixabay except the photo from Bowie's 1979 album Lodger by Alan Singer (Getty), the photo of the Hong Kong protesters by K Kyung-Hoon (Reuters) and the photo of Stirling Campbell from wikipedia.

Here is the 1973 music video of Life on Mars:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZKcl4-tcuo

In the dream I was too scared to read the letter, so my wife read it for me. Along with the letter was a sparkling black double-decker bus, a monopoly tie-pin and some fairy lights.

The letter said that David had heard my song about the Hong Kong protests:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEnBFL-CnDo
and wanted to contact me to say it was important to keep writing.

He said I was the 32nd person he had contacted after leaving the human plane in January 2016 and that he was about to depart our realm permanently.

As someone with a Buddhist-based world view, the idea of continuation of existence after death isn't strange to me, and Bowie himself was certainly an avid student of spiritual paths with similar views. I wrote this analysis of Villa of Ormen back in 2016:
https://www.folklounge.org/2016/01/in-the-villa-of-ormen-a-blackstar-analysis/

David has had a connection with human rights issues in China for many years, as his drummer is a Falun Gong practitioner. On the photo you can see the Chinese characters for 'Truth, Compassion, Forbearance' on his drum set.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterling_Campbell

I'm not sure what the message means, and just like on the internet, you can never be 100% sure of who you are talking to in the spiritual world. Would love to hear any thoughts you have on the meaning.

I could not find a suitably themed song for my 600th video upload, so I wrote this one. Lyrics here:
https://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/600-songs/

A special thanks to all the fellow creators who regularly listen to my songs:

Grandad Is An Old Man (for sitting through ALL my videos):
https://www.youtube.com/user/GrandadIsAnOldMan

Bernard Bigorgne (for your lovely comments):
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuY36Xz23h3Jaj7XhaVJF6g

Nancy for such beautiful writing and sharing great artists with me:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFA-5SFseTtsu7W1QROR3RA

Raymond Crooke (Congratulations again on 3000 videos!):
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsANYsni70DRerts1DEEsqQ

Ali, great to find a fellow creator with a pagan interest:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDyG7yUIZiUib-GkomyIsYw

Elisa, for your beautiful music, encouragement, and first collab!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBp3siaBWXsZf7ghpKU2kwQ

Scott Freeman, can't wait to hear the Halloween songs!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRVyGtzfyUbDIxuZN47Fp2w

Michael, your are a creative inspiration:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC930j-MU3lnwXK7P30IczoA

Linda, such an eye and ear for beauty:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChV4HMtmH56iaAaxrAuH3Ww

DarkPines, miss your ukulele:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5PJ2PX0pxs9_dvYwwN79sQ

Apologies to those I have forgotten, I appreciate all our interactions, even the ones with those who disagree with my topical songs.

Here is Phil's song from 1964:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beLWF9eqnnU

A general summary of violent regime's throughout history.

With the events happening in Hong Kong right now, exposing the Chinese Communist regime for what it is, I thought it would be good to update the lyrics of Phil's song.

Photos of the Hong Kong protest by Studio Incendo on Wikipedia.

Photos of Tiananmen from this BBC article:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48445934

Photos of Falun Gong attacks here:
https://faluninfo.net/falun-gong-story/

Updated Lyrics:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/hong-kong-2019/

Please read about the situation in Hong Kong and support where you can:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Hong_Kong_protests

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This song by John Dengate is effectively a reading list for Australian history. If you are an Irish Australian and don't know who all these people are, you would benefit from finding out.

I found this song in the latest edition of David Johnson's 'Songs of Australia', which I picked up at the Bush Traditions Gathering this year.
https://www.davidjohnson.id.au/music/music.htm

Here is the fabulous Miguel Heatwole singing at John's wake:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5ifIgeaI-8

Lyrics here:
http://ozfolksongaday.blogspot.com/2011/03/answers-ireland.html

I have made up my own melody based on John Dengate's chords, except for changing the end chord to a G.

Links to some of the people and events mentioned in the song:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Donahue
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Hill_convict_rebellion
https://mainlynorfolk.info/shirley.collins/songs/dennisoreilly.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Marsden
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Foley
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Dwyer#Australia

An excellent article about the pike in Irish warfare:
https://outofthiscentury.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/methods-of-using-the-pike-in-ireland-1798-1921/

Shout out to Raymond Crooke and his 3000th video upload!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ5uyEG3hFg

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Weekend before last I had the honour of listening to (and singing along loudly with) some shanties by the best shanty men in Australia. Don Brian, Chris Maltby and Tom Hanson are not just great performers, but also encourage the singing of others and retain a vast knowledge of the history of these songs.

I have dug into the Cicely Fox Smith archive again and found this poem, as far as I know it has not been set to music yet:
https://allpoetry.com/The-Anchor-Watch

The refrain is from the much better known shanty, Congo River or Blow, Boys Blow. Sung here by Kimber's Men:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkSbFt-NnM4

The Bush Traditions Gathering weekend also included another shanty session led by the Canberra Shanty Group with Iain & Norrae Johnston and Ewan Lawrie.

I had to also include a photo that Ewan took of my evening concert in the 180 year old Lovat Chapel:
https://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/YassLovatChapel.html

Growing up in the sheltered world of revival tent and mega stadium Pentecostal Christianity, I had no idea the rest of the world was making fun of it.

The Hooters released this song on their 1987 album, One Way Home:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVXjBMK3EkI

If you aren't sure what the message in the song is, the music video makes it pretty clear.

Similar to Phil Collin's Jesus He Knows Me:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35K6vQRt67g

I have gone back to the traditional melody from the 'Hush, Little Baby' traditional nursery rhyme that this song is based on, but made up my own melody for the chorus.

Most photos from Pixabay, but the photo of Lakewood Church is from ToBeDaniel at Italian Wikipedia.

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Photos from the process of building a cob oven in our back yard over the past six months.

Song is my cover of Hammer And A Nail by Indigo Girls:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTI2GGNFR_U

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Folk singer/songwriter Daniel Kelly from Australia.

https://www.folklounge.org