Category Archives: Ramdon music thoughts

Music for a cause – telling a little story

Following the huge 7.8 earthquake near Kaikoura, the local folk music community rallied round. And you can help too. Continue reading

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What Goes on Tour… – a story of band logistics

When Ed Force One thudded onto the runway at Christchurch Airport a few weeks ago, it wasn’t just the pilot that was unusual. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson was at the controls, while the hold contained all the gear for Iron … Continue reading

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The story behind the song – We Be Soldiers Three

A few hundred years ago, Holland (and Belgium for that matter), were not united, but ruled by Spain. As the low countries moved to Protestantism (Spain was deeply catholic, and home of – Monty Python fans would know this – … Continue reading

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Tui Farm again – and wonderful again

It almost didn’t happen. I am so glad it did. I have just returned from a superbly relaxed, friendly festival in beautiful South Island scenery. What a great way to spend a New Year’s break. Carol and Steve Rose have … Continue reading

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The story behind the song – The Magpie

This sounds like an old song, at least the lyrics do. It was actually written in the 1960’s by English folkie David Dodds. It uses an old nursery counting rhyme; one for sorrow, two for joy …… In England, the … Continue reading

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The making of an album – #1

Now THAT was an experience. So I have been in studios before (mainly radio and TV, but still with mics and other bits & pieces you don’t have at home) and done some bash recording, but nothing is quite like … Continue reading

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Music with friends

Playing with other musicians is a special thing. Especially when it all comes together so nicely. Solo can be a bit limiting if it is all you do. And although I can put together extra instruments and harmonies with my … Continue reading

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An itch you just gotta scratch

Sometimes an earworm wont stay in my head. It goes round and round, then starts to leak out through vocal chords and, occasionally, fingers. Singing in the shower or while making breakfast is one thing, but there are occasions when … Continue reading

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Etiquette – an appeal for musicians to support musicians

In my experience many musicians are also great people. They understand other musos and are helpful and supportive. Some go out of their way for people with far less experience or abilities. Which can make being a musician, even a … Continue reading

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Get out and about

There’s a lot of musical fun to be had outside your home town. I must confess to being a New Zealand folk festival newbie, still in my first year of discovering that there is a (musical) life outside of work … Continue reading

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