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The Beatles – Liverpool’s Lads

Paul, George, Ringo & John, photo by PH Morton

The Beatles – Liverpool’s Lads

Paul, George, Ringo & John, photo by PH Morton

Over the next few weeks we will probably posting a lot of items such as pictures, stories and little tidbits about Liverpool.

We enjoyed our tour of Liverpool so much.  A must see place, so much to see and experience.  I advise to wear flats for a more convenient and healthier meandering of the city centre.  I am pleased to report that most of the attractions are closed together.

The above statue ensemble of The Beatles was a popular tourists and visitors attraction.  Many wanted to take photos, as we did, and also take selfies with Paul, George, Ringo and John.

We were busy photographing everything that we were late joining the ‘talk’ about The Beatles.

We heard though that Ringo Starr used to live at Liverpool 8, an area in Liverpool which used to be notorious for its poverty and vandalism.

Apparently Ringo when living in Liverpool never had an indoor toilet.  He was from a very poor family.

It just goes to show that when Lady Luck smiles at you, she also grins and have a laugh.  This is so true in Ringo’s case.  He was a replacement drummer for the band originally occupied by Stuart Sutcliffe and even Pete Best.  Ringo was not the best drummer in the world but he joined the band just before it took off stratospherically.

In an interview, Ringo said that he did not really miss anything in Liverpool. 🙂  However, he made used of Liverpool 8 and even made an album about it.  The number 8 is inscribed in the heel of his shoe in his statue.

Regarding John Lennon, his statue is clasping a few acorns.  It appears this has something to do with his and Yoko Ono’s hope for world peace.

Apparently John and Yoko sent a couple of acorns to each of the 123 world leaders in the spring of 1969.  They hoped that the acorns are planted for world peace.

Our tour guide said that only two world leaders accepted the challenge.  They were Golda Meir of Israel and Pierre Trudeau of Canada.

Please, Please Me, The Beatles first hit in England!

 

David Bowie A Legend Passes

David Bowie A Legend Passes

David Bowie

David Bowie,the legend had died yesterday at the age of 69, still relatively young and gone too soon by 21st Century norms.

David was a man of Past, Present & the Future.

You could say he was also  A Man for All Seasons.

His legacy will live on.

He was a London lad  like me and only nine years older.

I grew up to David”s music; from his beginings as a pop star to becoming a well respected world renowned culture icon.

He influenced modern music & videos, particularly the New Romantic era of the 1970s/1980s.

To see him on stage with another legend and musical genius Freddie Mercury was sublime.

My favourite songs of his were Space Oddity, Ashes to Ashes (cool video), Spiders From Mars and Jean Genie.( I sing terribly to my wife!)


He easily adopted new personas such as Ziggy Stardust, for which became famous for and much copied.

He was also a decent actor. I enjoyed his movie ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth‘ seeing it twice as well an 80s classic, The Labyrinth. 🙂

He cornered the market in style.

David was flamboyant and cleverly used androgyny in different personas he created with his music which influenced next generations of musicians and singers.

His final song and atmospheric video  Lazarus (the title says it all) released on his 69th Birthday showed how David wanted to go out of this world, say Goodbye…His way.

Magnificent. groundbreaking and unique all the way. His own epitaph, his own way.

The world is a little less colourful now that he is gone.

Farewell Major Tom & Thanks for the music and cool videos…and being you.

Enjoy the Great Gig in the Sky…Starman

O Naraniag Nga Bulan (Oh! Bright Moon)

Supermoon on 11 August 2014 Photo by PH Morton

Supermoon on 11 August 2014
Photo by PH Morton

O Naraniag Nga Bulan (Oh! Bright Moon)

I absolutely love th Ilocano folksong O Naranyag Nga Bulan.  It is my favourite Ilocano song ever.

It is about a wish to the moon to shine on one’s life. The person has troubles with his lovelife.  His  life has gone so unbelievably dark; so sad.  His world is so black that he can’t see his way through it.

The person making the wish was at the end of his tether. Suicidal in fact, that he was begging the moon to grant his wish with immediate effect as he was so bereft of any happiness and hope.  Death is becoming rather appealing; his only way out. 🙁 🙁 🙁

(OMG, no one is ever worth dying for!!!)

The song is so nostalgic for me, not because of the rather twee meaning of the lyrics, LOL, but because we used to sing it as children when we would be allowed to play for a few minutes outside in the garden when there was a full moon.  This was in Marag, a small barrio in the northern part of the Philippines.

Our view of the moon in our barrio was so amazing as there were no huge or tall buildings to obscure the full effect of a full moon and no pollution either as our barrio was a valley surrounded by virgin mountains.

Anyway the full view of the moon was really beautiful and we would  sing O Naranyag Nga Bulan without being prompted!   You just have to sing it as a homage.  There were also fireflies that would lit trees giving our surrounding a fairly land atmosphere.  It was so perfect, I’ve always thought.  I am so happy that I had this kind of childhood.  I would not exchange it for anything.

I remember reading that the late Patrick Moore said that the view of the moon from the Phillipines was beautiful.  Patrick Moore was a British icon, a self-taught amateur Astronomer and became expert on the moon.  His work on moon mapping was used by NASA as well as the Russian Space Agency.

Lyrics

O naraniag a bulan
Un-unnoyko indengam
Dayta naslag a silawmo
Dika kad ipaidam
O naraniag a bulan
Sangsangitko indengam
Toy nasipnget a lubongko
Inka kad silawan
Tapno diak mayyaw-awan

No inka nanglipaten
Karim kaniak nagibusen
Samsam-itek ni patay
O bulan ket aklunem
Nanglaylay ti ayatko
Inka kadin palasbangen
Un-unnoyko, darasem nga ikeddeng

No inka nanglipaten
Karim kaniak naumagen
Samsam-itek ni patay
O bulan ket aklunem
Nanglaylay ti ayatko
Inka kadin palasbangen
Un-unnoyko, darasem nga ikeddeng
Un-unnoyko, darasem nga ikeddeng

Autumn Leaves

As autumn grips us further into its depths, the leaves on trees are changing colours into vibrant pink, red, orange, purple, yellow and brown.

And then they start to fall.

Probably that is why autumn is also called the fall because leaves fall down into the ground. Doh!

There were plenty of fallen leaves that had been blown into our front garden that came from the avenue of trees in our street.

I was going to try to sweep them up today but the weather turned really nasty. It was so blowy and windy; it was not very pleasant to go out so I thought I should postpone my rather industrious idea of leaves clearing for another day,  to a more subdued day – weatherwise.

When we went to take our little Diesel for a walk, Peter and I noticed immediately that the front garden was amazingly clear of the leaves and any other debris.

It was the wind. It blew the leaves away from our garden, yey. And I was  moaning and griping too about the strong wind! huh!

Thank you wind!!!

Speaking of leaves, I remember that we used to play a game when I was still quite young in the Philippines. It was some sort of leaves snap, a matching game.

We would all go gather as many different leaves that we can get in secret and then we would sit around in circle and then try to match each other’s stock of leaves. The one that has the most unmatched leaves wins!

I know!!! It is so exciting!!! 😉 😉 😉 Beats any computer game! LOL

You should see the neighbour’s garden, it was like a swarm of ravenous caterpillars had a proper good feast!

Man-made or rather children-made fall/autumn does happen in the Philippines! LOL

We love the leaves of the gumamela (hibiscus) because you can pulp it and add a bit of water to it and you can have an organic blow bubbles syrup, no need to nick the washing liquid from the kitchen, but then again we do not have washing liquids then, at that time a long, long time ago in the Philippines,  we had bars of soap like Perla, Mr Clean, and Ajax for household cleaning while we used bars of Palmolive, Camay and Safeguard for bathing!  Having said that, it became a common knowledge that the laundry soap, Perla, was the best treatment for acne!  I did try Perla once or twice but thank goodness, I was really never prone to acne!  I can’t tell whether Perla worked but then again, probably it did because I did not get many blemishes! Hmmm

Sorry for this meandering nostalgia, I was supposed to talk about leaves, anyway I tried to youtube search a song about leaves and I was pleasantly surprise with this song by  the brilliant Eric Clapton.  He sings to us a very autumnly song called surprise, surprise ‘Autumn Leaves’

Have a lovely autumn everyone,wherever you may be!

Autumn Leaves

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Knick Knack Paddy Whack

How wonderful is this? An old nursery rhyme given the Bob Dylan treatment. Wow!

But then again, this  rhyme, though hard to understand, is so catchy that it also became some sort of theme tune for that brilliant Peter Falk’s Columbo.

 

Knick Knack Paddy Whack

This old man, he played one,
He played knick knack on my thumb.
With a knick knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played two,
He played knick knack on my shoe.
With a knick knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played three,
He played knick knack on my knee.
With a knick knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played four,
He played knick knack on my door.
With a knick knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played five,
He played knick knack on my hive.
With a knick knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played six,
He played knick knack on my sticks.
With a knick knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played seven,
He played knick knack up in heaven.
With a knick knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played eight,
He played knick knack on my gate.
With a knick knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played nine.
He played knick knack on my spine.
With a knick knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played ten.
He played knick knack once again.
With a knick knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

Blue Skies

There is blue sky up above today. It is wonderfully clear and bright. No absolute reason why I am not in the garden so I shall of course be decamping to the garden in a minute, after I have posted some spectacular photos from the lenses of PH Morton accompanied by the dulcet and toe-tapping tune of dear Ella Fitzgerald’s Blue Skies – what else!!! LOL 😉

Enjoy folks, I hope wherever you are, you are seeing blue sky too.

Cheers


Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see

Bluebirds
Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long

Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you’re in love, my how they fly

Blue days
All of them gone
Nothing but blue skies
From now on

I never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you’re in love, my how they fly

Blue days
All of them gone
Nothing but blue skies
From now on

Songwriters
COCUP, ANDREW DEREK/FINDLAY, THOMAS CHARLES/BERLIN, IRVING

Published by
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

 

Read more: Ella Fitzgerald – Blue Skies Lyrics | MetroLyrics

EMINEM – History Catalogued

EMINEM – Marshall Mathers Grew Up

Emimen

EMINEN first @ Wembley

It has been reported that EMINEN was a history maker. He was the first rapper to headline London’s Wembley Stadium by giving a sell out concerts last Thursday and Friday. The Thursday gig was rather controversial as it left many fans disappointed. Apparently a speaker in some corners of the arena had a major malfunction which left fans barely able to hear Eminem’s dulcet tones and meaningful rapping. 😉

It was also said that EMINEM, the man, has grown up and calmed down a lot. He stayed quietly at a posh country retreat in a stately Berkshire home as opposed to partying all night long in good old London town.

Be that as it may, EMINEM rocks and as edgy as ever.

I supposed that can be expected from one of the 100 greatest artists of all times.

Love the way you lie – EMINEM ft Rihanna

A music collection is never complete without an EMINEM.

I love Eminem raps. He is a poet. His rhyming “words” is unbelievably good and yet it does not lose any of the sharpness and edginess of what EMINEM obviously trying to put across.

The above song which one of my favourite among the vast catalogue of EMINEN dirges is powerful and beautifully melodious. It confronts the issue of domestic violence. It forces us to take note that it exists and must not be swept under the carpet.

Bravo EMINEM. Rihanna’s voice is complementary to the song. It has that vulnerability. The video is fantastic. Megan Fox is deliciously sexy and yet dangerous. How lucky is that bloke in Lord of the Ring to be doing the video with Megan.

Fantastic production all in all.

All of Me – John Legend

I love this song. It is an all-knowing love song. He loves her for being her, not of what he thinks she should be.

It would really be nice to be loved so completely by someone, wouldn’t it?!!!

Ideal Home Exhibition 2013 231

At Ideal Home Exhibition 2013 – The Quiet House

“All Of Me” by John Legend

What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You’ve got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down
What’s going on in that beautiful mind
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright
My head’s under water
But I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind
‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh
How many times do I have to tell you
Even when you’re crying you’re beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I’m around through every mood
You’re my downfall, you’re my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can’t stop singing, it’s ringing, in my head for you
My head’s under water
But I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind
‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh
Give me all of you
Cards on the table, we’re both showing hearts
Risking it all, though it’s hard
‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you

I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Middle of the Road

chirpyI first heard this song at Maureen’s birthday party a couple of weeks ago. It was actually the last song played at her party. At first, I was not sure as it was the first time I’ve heard it. But it was that kind of song that get into your brain whether you want to or not.

So before I knew it, I was humming it like mad. Thank goodness my husband knew the song and helped me look for it in youtube.

And here it is.

Happy Friday, People!!!

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Where’s your mama gone?
(Where’s your mama gone?)
Little baby, Don
(Little baby, Don)

Where’s your mama gone?
(Where’s your mama gone?)
Far, far away

Where’s your papa gone?
(Where’s your papa gone?)
Little baby, Don
(Little baby, Don)

Where’s your papa gone?
(Where’s your papa gone?)
Far, far away, far, far away

Last night I heard my mama singing a song
Ooh we, chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep
Woke up this morning and my mama was gone
Ooh we, chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep
Chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep, chirp

Where’s your mama gone?
(Where’s your mama gone?)
Little baby, Don
(Little baby, Don)

Where’s your mama gone?
(Where’s your mama gone?)
Far, far away

Where’s your papa gone?
(Where’s your papa gone?)
Little baby, Don
(Little baby, Don)

Where’s your papa gone?
(Where’s your papa gone?)
Far, far away, far, far away

Last night I heard my mama singing a song
Ooh we, chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep
Woke up this morning and my mama was gone
Ooh we, chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep
Chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep, chirp

(Let’s go now)
Last night I heard my mama singing a song
Ooh we, chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep
Woke up this morning and my mama was gone
Ooh we, chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep
Chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep, chirp

(Altogether now)
Last night I heard my mama singing a song
Ooh we, chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep
Woke up this morning and my mama was gone
Ooh we, chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep
Chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep, chirp

(Altogether now)
Last night I heard my mama singing a song
Ooh we, chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep

Songwriters
STOTT, HAROLD/CASSIA, GIUSEPPE

Published by
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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Just The Way U R – Bruno Mars

Good Saturday morning to you all.

From the bedroom window, I can see the sun trying so hard to come out from some really persistent dark clouds.

Now and again the sun is winning its battle and this is truly amazing.

I feel bright and hopeful and what better to push through the day than Bruno Mars’s Just the Way You Are. Yes I shall merrily and fortitudely soldier on today just by being just the way I am as;  I am beautiful and I am amazing! LOL

Happy weekends everyone.

Wow, it is starting well already, my dearest hubby just brought me up a breakfast in bed.

Breakfast in Bed Photo by JMorton

Breakfast in Bed
Photo by JMorton


Oh her eyes, her eyes
Make the stars look like they’re not shining
Her hair, her hair
Falls perfectly without her trying

She’s so beautiful
And I tell her every day

Yeah I know, I know
When I compliment her
She wont believe me
And its so, its so
Sad to think she don’t see what I see

But every time she asks me do I look okay
I say

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile,
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

Her lips, her lips
I could kiss them all day if she’d let me
Her laugh, her laugh
She hates but I think its so sexy

She’s so beautiful
And I tell her every day

Oh you know, you know, you know
Id never ask you to change
If perfect is what you’re searching for
Then just stay the same

So don’t even bother asking
If you look okay
You know I say

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile,
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

The way you are
The way you are
Girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile,
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

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