“When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?”
Most people who know me, know that I have a particular love for New Zealand. I once lived and studied there, and completely fell in love with it’s beautiful landscape, people and culture. I realise that banging on about it all the time can be a bit annoying, but today I feel that I am justified in mentioning it. Today the NZ parliament passed a bill for marriage equality – which is excellent in itself – but it was the reaction from the gallery upon hearing the news that had me crying.
The woman in the striped shirt is Louisa Wall, the openly gay MP who sponsored the bill. Louisa, well done you!
They are singing Pokarekare Ana, a Maori love song.
P.S. If someone wants to buy me a one-way plane ticket back to Wellington, I’d be mightily pleased.
If I ever get Alzheimers, I’m going to make sure to list all of my favourite songs so that I can be brought back by the Alive Inside people (for website see below). Watching this near-vegetative old man come to life talking about Cab Calloway was heartbreaking and uplifiting at the same time. You’re so happy that he is so full of joy, but you dread to think of how long his renewed vigour lasted after the cameras were turned off. It’s a tragic disease, so it’s nice to see something positive being done for those who suffer so greatly from its effects, both the patient and their family.
Not much to report this week, so I thought I’d share my rediscovery of Feist, I’ve been listening to her for years but recently she has been sidelined by the likes of Rosi Golan and Lissie. Anyway, here’s one of her classics, it always makes me smile and bob along…
This week I’m going to count down the five best songs to listen to while travelling. Whether you’re dealing with a sudden setback, feeling homesick or, most likely, having the time of your life, there’s a song for every situation…no. 5 in particular helped me through a tearful moment when I had to leave my beloved New Zealand
Leaving on a jetplane, a classic to start off your trip
Basking in paradise and chilling out to Rosi Golan
For the low points, from a falling out with your travelling mates to running out of money at exactly the wrong time. The Ting Tings will Hang It Up and pick you up
For when you’re in awe of life and mother nature, only Lissie will do
Going home, both happy that you get to see friends and family again, and sad that the adventure is over. Mr Buble is all that you need to reconcile yourself with the fact that it’s over, but don’t worry there will plenty more
Today I’ve been going crazy for Rosi Golan’s music. Ever since the Israeli-American songbird’s single “Can’t Go Back”appeared on Perez Hilton’s website (my longtime homepage), admittedly only a matter of hours ago, I have downloaded both of her albums and listened to them on repeat. In the porcess I’ve also discovered a Family Records (www.thefamilyrecords.com), an artist managed company which helps musicians to “cultivate fruitful careers with artistic freedom and longevity”. Yes, it does sound a little airy-fairy, but they sent me a free mixtape along with my purchase of Golan’s album ‘Lead Balloon’, so I’m all for it.
To prove that I’m not developing some sort of ear infection, listen to this and see if you agree with me, that Rosi Golan is destined for great things.