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NZ Music Month (again)

I promise normal service will resume soon – but in the meantime here is another of my all time favourite songs (NZ or otherwise)

(Song starts about 2mins in)

Billy Bold – by Graham Brazier

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More slightly odd 1980s NZ Music

Flicker – Fetus productions

may I also recommend (couldn’t find the videos)

Uptown Sheep by Crystal Zoom
Elefunk by Low Profile (I’ve got my wash-hose)

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NZ Music Month

Growing up in Invercargill in the 1980s I was a big NZ music fan. Although I did like some commercial pop stuff (eg the Mockers) I was heavily influenced by Dunedin bands because they used to come to town all the time.

Can’t really pick a fave but, this is up there: Verlaines – “Death and the Maiden”

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Artful day

While driving someoneiknow to work this morning I came across a very similar scene to this (but not in black and white)

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MARTI FRIEDLANDER Eglinton Valley 1970
Black and white photograph

Then this afternoon my oldest daughter danced on the beach with seaweed in her hands just like in “The Piano“. A discussion also ensued online about my artificial fingertip and possibly being the Tony Lommi of the ukulele. I still prefer Ada’s.

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Still from “The Piano

And tonight I feeling very middle class by booking my oldest daughter riding lessons, which bought to mind this music (warning plays actual music). What an odd TV series that was (but I loved it anyway). Or maybe it should be Follyfoot?

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Isn’t it ironic?

Don’t ya think? Well maybe not. I thought it was about time for another ukulele post and I had the funniest twitter conversation today that ended with the comment “Joy Division could have been much more cheerful if they’d thought to add a ukulele“*

Always one to please – I bring you the Heavy Boxes:

 

*Hope you don’t mind me repeating this – its been making me laugh all afternoon.

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Its been an overwhelming week domestically here and try as I might notice things, there wasn’t much art in my life. The closest I got to ‘high culture’  was overhearing some high school students practising Shakespeare in the library on Wednesday night.

I have been heavily involved in my study, avoiding housework, musing about fashion and my lack sense in that regard and adding to my 1960s pyrex collection. I tried to extrapolate some art from that but even for me its stretching it, although maybe this could slip in, as a similar one with 4(!) Fridas has just been made for me.

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Made by beautifulnz from Trademe

I have also been playing with Twitter and been more active on Facebook. To be honest its part of the procrastination but my thoughts on these are:

Twitter: I am trying to keep my tweets art based and not talk about daily innanities. Best thing – following Stephen Fry.
Facebook: This IS where some of the details of my daily boring life gets noted. If you have friended me there expecting artspeak – its not so likely. You will probably hear about my cold and my ‘new’ ironing board. Best thing – keeping up with distant friends.

The whole social networking/twitter/blogging thing reminds me of the song “Beautiful Cosmos” by Kathryn Williams (which I couldn’t find on Youtube – but listen to a snippet here)

“You are the centre of your little world and I am of mine.
Now and again we meet for tea, we’re two of a kind.
This is our universe, cups of tea.
We have a beautiful cosmos, you and me.
We have a beautiful cosmos.”

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Dilemmas

I started my day with the good intentions of seeing the Hotere: Fellowship exhibition at the Hocken Library. In pouring rain I ventured into Dunedin and stopped check a gallery in Caversham and have a coffee. I love Caversham – its so on the verge of gentrification and if you want to see original villas – this is your suburb. Anyway this made me late to do some exploring and check out the crazy junk/op/2nd hand shops on Princes street. I have to note if you are looking for naive art there is a junk shop full of paintings of this type. All the interesting bits and pieces that in turn made me late to get to the Hocken which closes at 12noon. Oh well….the choices we make..

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Shore Party (1999) Tony De Lautour (artist essay here [.pdf])

I realised yesterday that I have played Iz’s “Its a Wonderful World” so much in the car that my youngest daughter (18 months) can now sing all the OoohOoohh bits. I feel like a bad influence – especially now that tonight she has been echoing all the last words in the lines of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra’s Its a Heartache” (yes Tony, really!).

Anyway this leads me to my next art/culture dilemma. The Ukulele Orchestra (as above) are playing in Oamaru next Friday. I never caught them in Wellington, Oamaru is 1 1/2 hours away, I am a total fan, tickets are not outrageously priced, someoneiknow (NOT A ukulele fan) jokingly says “I forbid you to go”. What to do…what to do…?

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