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A Musical Journey – Part 5 – JR Wilbury

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2011 by EnglishStreet

So Part 5 of my Insomniacs Guide to YouTube.

OK, I got an idea for YouTubing from trawling through the Wikipedia article of the Travelling Wilburys & seeing a reference to ‘Ayrton Wilbury’, apparently a pseudonym for George Harrison’s son Dhani to honour F1 driver Ayrton Senna, a friend of George.

Although I confess to not being part of the Wilburys, I will take this opportunity to mark my respects to another great race driver, Jason Richards who died last week of cancer. Continue reading

A Musical Journey – Part 4 – Oh No, Not You Again.

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2011 by EnglishStreet

In this fourth and final installment, we’ll leave the Kelly’s behind us and take on some of the other famous names of Australian rock.  Barnes and Moss with Cold Chisel and Reyne with Australian Crawl were just a few of the leading lights of the Australian music scene in the late 1970s and into the 80s.

It would surely be seen as unfair for me to say that, on the whole, there hasn’t been a great deal of iconic music created in the last 15 years or so.  I’m obviously very wrong and even more out touch looking at the very recent Triple J ‘Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All-Time’, which was packed with albums, perhaps as much as 50%, being produced in the last 10 years. Continue reading

A Musical Journey – Part 3 – The Kelly Episode

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2011 by EnglishStreet

Part 2 of this journey through an insomniac’s night at the YouTubes concluded with a performance by Katy Steele & Paul Kelly.

Paul Kelly was my first live gig. 1997 at the Wagga Wagga Music Bowl.  Front row, on the dirt, as my brother said, ‘close enough to smell his farts’.  We didn’t.  14 years on, & I now live a stones throw from this very venue (can’t wait for the Carols by candlelight).  I saw this on a DVD a while back.  Very funny stuff.  I like Paul, I like Dan too.  At least watch the first 1:18 of this clip.  This is Paul Kelly with Careless off the Live Apples DVD.

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A Musical Journey – Part 2 – I’m Not A Country Fan…But

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2011 by EnglishStreet

Welcome back to the ongoing journey through a long sleepless night on YouTube.  In Part 1 we had a look at some of the best & worst, well worst & not-too-bad amateur YouTube cover versions.  Tonight we wade into some more professional cover versions.

I don’t remember how I got from Kelly to this guy but I got to a cheesy bloke singing songs by The Beatles (She’s Leaving Home) & Johnny Cash (I can’t remember, something early) but I can’t find him either.  He had lots of videos and seemed quite popular.  Sometimes he even held (didn’t play) a guitar & took requests. Continue reading

A Musical Journey – Part I – Beginners Luck

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2011 by EnglishStreet

Insomnia can be a wonderful thing.  It just depends what you do with it.  I will occasionally get up & watch terrible overnight TV (like the recent live coverage of the News International inquiry).

A few nights ago, I took a musical journey through the wondrous archives of YouTube.  Give or take, here is a rough outline of my journey in a number of parts.  Please feel free to watch none or all of the clips or somewhere in between,  feel free to leave your own classics in the comments. Continue reading