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Life Is What You Experience & How You Cope And React To What It Throws At You…Good & Bad

And the music of your life is a pretty good reflection of your being –  ‘Life Is A Rock (And The Radio Rolled Me) –       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16kh-AP4OCU Sometimes it gets kind of soupy – ‘Life Is A Minestrone’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beXJEn3VTHE It can be a wild ride – ‘Wild Side Of Life’ –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59KG7G5MlJI Make every day count – ‘Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukMgqeTSu2U Admire it’s beauty – ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzZBE7jslNs Be inclusive – ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKMAZxaFuS0 Enjoy it’s history – ‘Rock & Roll (You Gave Me The Best Years of My Life’) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yuwhUx35Uc Share your feelings – ‘You Decorated My Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W7gp47OT_Q Try and not get caught up in complexities – ‘A Simple Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBLSOqvWYAM And, again – ‘Give Me The Simple Life’ –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLJJxiDC5So Exercise ! – ‘Walk Of Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd9TlGDZGkI It can be hectic – ‘Life In The Fast Lane’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tcXblWojdM But we all need to slow down, now and again – ‘Lazy Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMua9rN-Vf0 Be grateful – ‘I’ve Had the Time Of My Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BQLE_RrTSU Appreciate the highs – ‘Back In The High Life Again’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIct9ZyL2WA Play it straight, tell it as it is – ‘The Straight Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slFmMaH7Bro Take in life’s beauty – ‘Beautiful Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh-07BzfgYY Get into life’s rhythm – ‘The Rhythm Of Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huYBtYnSv7U Analyse your day – ‘A Day in The Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usNsCeOV4GM Accept – ‘Isn’t Life Strange’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESER7DFXWiI Acknowledge – ‘For Once In My Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppLJAp2Tnwo Try and keep positive – ‘Life Is Getting Better’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN3KzSb_M0Y Enjoy the ride – ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life’) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnQ8N1KacJc Make the most of this 24 hours – ‘Everyday Of My Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvrz6911Ylk Never stop questioning – ‘What Is Life ?’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYYNjSDsStk And ALWAYS enjoy words and music – ‘That’s Life’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoXLKgX0MgU          ...

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THE MAGNIFICENT 7 Oz ROCKERS – R.I.P.

Bon, Johnny, Billy, Daryl, Doc, Jim & Stevie – Now Rockin’ In Peace. With the passing of Stevie Wright ex Easybeats, it got me thinking of fellow Oz rockers who  had gone before him. This is only the tip of the rock block ! Ironically, all the guys were Australian musos through and through, but only two were born here, Daryl Cotton (Adelaide)  and Johnny O’Keefe (Sydney). The other members of ‘The Magnificent 7’ Bon Scott, Billy Thorpe, Doc Neeson, Jim Keays and Stevie Wright were all born in the UK, and proudly/gladly came to our shores in their youth. With so much talent gifted to us (and them) and as the years roll on and we tend to forget time frames or simply don’t know what’s available on YouTube re our past, I decided to do some research, the result of which is this offering of tribute to some of the greats. It is not meant to be exhaustive or sexist, it’s just these are the names that immediately spring to my mind as contributing BIG TIME to our music appetites, over the decades in Australia. When you have time, one by one, view the following and either relive or discover for the first time 7 Oz music greats of the past. I hope you enjoy. Bon Scott – 1946 to 1980 (34) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLO995K4H-4&t=11s      Johnny O’Keefe – 1935 to 1978 (43) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MWGw8O9bqc Billy Thorpe – 1946 to 2007 (61)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac9Nad1TpAk Daryl Cotton – 1949 to 2012 (63)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj-j_NtIFw4 Doc Neeson – 1947 to 2014 (67)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAnmxk4uI8Q Jim Keays – 1946 to 2014 (68)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MljlKbnPGh0 Stevie Wright – 1947 to 2015 (68)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbjrN1MzMCI  ...

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‘Give Peace A Chance’ – But Do They Really WANT To ?

We know the title of the song, we know the song and we know where John & Yoko were coming from when they recorded it in 1969…  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yU0JuE1jTk  But has anything really changed ? It’s been 46 years , that’s right 4 decades+ since John Lennon felt compelled to write that song. He was obviously concerned at the state of world affairs, the Vietnam War and general violence in our global society. In 2015 are we now better off  ? It’s easy to say ‘NO’ based on the daily news, or could it be the Internet inspired 24 hour news cycle just keeps pounding negative stories and images into our heads, day by day ? In any case, from domestic violence, school yard bullying, road rage, alcohol abuse/addiction, political bickering, drug related crime, greed, religious differences, social media ‘outing’ and ‘scams’, to out an out WAR, it seems some humans struggle to achieve ‘A Little Piece Of Peace’… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo5fOJr0pKo It seems  to me we were all put on this planet to achieve. Trouble is the decision to achieve ‘what’ comes back to the individual and to a large degree the environment that individual was born into and those who influence/influenced that person’s life path. There is no easy fix, except to say the majority of the world’s decent people, need to be strong, lead by example and support the efforts of our politicians, police and defence personnel to maintain and hopefully enhance future peace efforts. It’s so easy to be ‘anti-war’ as none of us (or at least most of us) don’t want to go down that route, however history tends to repeat itself, as the state of the world in 2015 reflects. Maybe, with Christmas almost here, give prayer a chance…...

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The A to Z Of Australia Day Music 2015

A simple alphabetical tour of Oz Music format, that anyone can play or play with to create your own A to Z playlist(s). Maybe even record and broadcast/podcast (subject to applicable fees) ! So here’s my 26 surname ‘sample’ of Australian Music, that grabs my ear – WARNING – It is diverse ! Ariel – Jamaican Farewell  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCh7tD9kSbM Barnes, Jimmy – Ride The Night Away  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKPp5jXzJHI Cadd, Brian – Keep On Rockin’   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1JQgAJe0K0 Dynamic Hepnotics – Soul Kind Of Feeling   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUbxaSw1yiM&feature=youtu.be&annotation_id=annotation_891233&feature=iv&src_vid=gk0tkZrPxks Easybeats – Good Times  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNiY0siZY3Y Ferrets – Don’t Fall In Love  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B0dYcvo8wo George, ‘Miss’ Linda – Mama’s Little Girl  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZZqtkab42k Healing Force – Golden Miles  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkQ9lqzugsE INXS – The One Thing  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJyKTNdPL5s Jet – Cold Hard Bitch  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mANRLJ1Yks King Fox – Unforgotten Dreams  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLZPhy_Agbw Loved Ones – The Loved One  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huvNEk7FZiI Madderlake – 12 Pound Toothbrush  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrnsUQjhE3U Noiseworks – Hot Chilli Woman  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lu1aCSprfg O‘Keefe, Johnny – Move Baby Move  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et5G-SXC8Rc Parkinson, Doug – I’ll Be Around  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRups2i1WEo QED – Everywhere I Go  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xeq9bglwcU Radiators – Comin’ Home  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GarvTZiESLU Sang, Samantha – Emotion  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPwpVJ-eIgg Thorpe, Billy & The Aztecs – Poison Ivy  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrHoEx7cpDM Uncanny X Men – 50 Years  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIiktbp_YbA Vibrants – Something About You Baby  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNvDENEzKbI Wa Wa Nee – Stimulation  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAHhjeXuiHk Xtra – Daddy Cool – Hi Honey Ho  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI4dWXuC6Ww Young, John Paul – The Love Game  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NogeChIuoA0 Zoot – Eleanor Rigby  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iptr7i7sFkM  ...

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God, People Are Weird And I Too Have My Faults (many !)

Every day in my working life I see, experience and hear things from fellow ‘Adults’ and think – “Sheesh” or worse still. I have a theory that as life in the rapid fire world we live in goes forth, human logic and courtesy often goes backwards. By day, I work in advertising sales. After hours I do some freelance writing and voice over work for clients, some MC work and present some music/trivia events. I guess when you analyse my life outside of ‘me time’ it’s very people focussed. I pride myself on being enthusiastic and professional but not pushy. Some people may take an enthusiastic approach as being pushy, but hey, you can’t please all the people, all the time ! Things that really have me shaking my head (yeah I know, grumpy old man syndrome) include ‘Adult’ things like…………………………… * Fellow motorists up your bum, or worse still, overtaking you when you’re doing 25 or 40k’s per hour, due to road works. They rarely achieve any gain and more times than not you catch up to them down the track. What are they thinking ? Apart from breaking the law, putting road workers lives on the line, facing a possible speeding fine and throwing up road crap all over your car, they are dead set ‘Richard Craniums’. * ‘Why’ have a mobile ‘phone with no message bank ? * ‘Why’ have a fixed or mobile ‘phone with that ridiculous 10 second maximum record time message ? Surely a maximum of 30 seconds is fair and reasonable to ‘briefly’ leave a slightly longer message where necessary. * Why have a voicemail message and some long, ridiculous music bit that you have to sit through IF you want to leave a message ? Haven’t these people heard of the KISS Principle ? In any case, I’m busy ! er, sorry….the blood pressure’s on the rise again. * The ‘free-er’ something is, the more some people abuse it. You’d be amazed how often a prize winner turns up at my office, long after the agreed pick up time (sometimes days) and I’m not there to hand over the goodies. God, I’m a bad...

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Into Train Music ?

I LOVE music ! And there have been some great TRAIN ‘tracks’ (sorry ) over the years, either about trains – real or fictitious –  and by TRAIN. They even came up with some dance moves in the 60’s, inspired by a train. Now, ALL ABOARD !!! Here for your listening and visual pleasure is my Top 10 train inspired songs… #10 – ‘Waiting For A Train’ – Flash And The Pan… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4kZ_zfPB90 #9 – ‘Loco – Motion’ – Little Eva… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKpVQm41f8Y #8 – ‘Train’ – Leo Sayer… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qcXaTVFSbk #7 – ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’ – Gladys Knight & The Pips’… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdfZnWsps34 #6 – ‘Downtown Train’ – Rod Stewart… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9i9Fr5KfVw #5 – ‘Indian Pacific’ – Slim Dusty… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKBlyvZD-jg #4 – ‘Drops Of Jupiter’ – Train… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xf-Lesrkuc #3 – ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train – AC/DC… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHpClGAAvpg #2 – ‘Nighttime In The Switching Yard’ – Warren Zevon… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqLZZ1jVTR8 #1 – ‘The Midnight Special’ – John Fogerty… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSoc0WZuc_Q #1 – “Orange Blossom Special” – Johnny Cash…...

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