Category: Folksongs

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 this 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 fairyland atmosphere.  It was so perfect, I’ve always thought and been grateful that I had this kind of happy 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

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.

Punch & Judy Show – The Cascades

Punch & Judy

Punch & Judy @ V&A, photo by PH Morton

Punch and Judy are from a  puppet show, which is mostly performed in British seaside.  Punch and Judy are often joined by various puppets like a policeman and a crocodile or something.

Anyway as homage to Punch and Judy, I am posting a favourite song, a throwback from childhood called funny enough, Punch and Judy Show. LOL

The song by Cascades, an American band, is so poignant and full of pathos for Punch who allows his Judy to treat him like  a fool or a punch bag in front of an audience.  As much as Punch would like to get away from Judy, he finds it excruciating to be without her.

Their dysfunctional relationship is a study in domestic violence and mental cruelty ;  thank goodness, it is only a puppet show.

Punch & Judy Show – The Cascades

Everybody laughs to see
Judy being mean to me
Everybody here in town
Knows that I’m just Judy’s clown

Oh every place we ever go
Everybody seems to know
Well, they know we’re just
A punch and Judy show

Judy makes a fool of me
Why can’t she just let me be
Even though I know the score
I keep coming back for more

I wish I knew why she acts this way
We’re like puppets in a play
Judy play that being cruel
While must act the happy fool

Though I smile it hurts inside
Even puppets have some pride
I would leave her if I could
If my heart were made of wood

So everyday we’ll give our show
And it always hurts me so
Yes, well always be
A Punch and Judy

Always be A Punch And Judy Show
(Punch And Judy Show)
Punch And Judy Show
(Punch And Judy Show)

Crying in the Rain & More – Everly Brothers

Rest In Peace, Phil Everly. Thanks for all the classic music you were leaving. You are forever going to live through them!

Crying in the Rain & More – Everly Brothers

Let it be Me

Bye Bye Love

Tudor Music By David Munrow

tudor 2Tudor

Peter absolutely adores Tudor music.  I think he’s born on the wrong century.  He should have been cavorting with courtesans, hunting and riding and jousting during the Tudor period and then attending music and dance recital at night at the court of Henry VIII.

I know where to look for Peter if he finds a time machine!  😉

He remembers a certain young man, David Munrow, who put his style to bringing back Tudor music.  Unfortunately David suffered from depression and took his life fairly early on before his career could really flourished.  However, his 10 years in the music business was enough to bring Tudor music back into the 20th century.

Peter is on the hunt of David Munrow’s Henry VIII and his six wives music.  I guess Amazon.co.uk is the best place to commence looking.  What I do for my husband! 😉

MERRY CHRISTMAS PEACHIES!

I think Greensleeves, King Henry VIII own composition is beautiful. Very poingnant, it reminds me of harvest time when palays are swaying teasingly and enticing maya birds in the field. No rice field and maya birds in England so oops I won’t be able to find Peter in old Blighty whilst I am pining in Marag, Philippines! LOL I did say the tune is poignant. I supposed like great love stories, we will be forever looking for one another but never the twain shall meet as in East and West! LOL My flu has gone to my brain. LOL

Scented Sunny Sunday

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Lovely Lavender blooms in our garden
photo by PH Morton

Scented Sunny Sunday

We have news that the weather will be turning for the worst from this evening till tomorrow. Apparently the wind will be a real gale force.  Jean may rearrange her work days and not go to work if it is really blowy.  It could be dangerous and hazardous, if the weather reports become reality. I don’t want her crossing the double carriageway of the busy Hendon Way and taking off in a gust of wind. 🙁

We have been lucky and had three mainly warm sunny and mild weeks from the beginning of October, as normally it is colder, wet & windy.

At this moment  it is windy but bright and sunny.  After this blog, Jean & I shall go out into our garden to hang the laundered clothes.

Lavender is a favourite scent of Jean.  She loves her Jo Malone’s Amber and Lavender cologne I got for her in Barcelona, which by the by she is almost running out of.  I hear hints for a Christmas present 😉 Be good Jean as Father Christmas is watching you 😉

We have a lot of lavender bushes near our front and back garden doors. The aroma from the flowers as well as from the leaves and stalks is wonderful.Just walking and brushing pass a lavender bush brings out a marvelous and aromatic scent to the surrounding air.

Apparently Lavender is from the mint family and its scientific name is Lavandula. It is used in so many ways, medical, perfumery, cooking, aid sleep, flower arranging and is also a deterrent to slugs and snails.

Below is a charming English folk song about Lavender, I remember from my childhood.

Enjoy and wishing you A Good Sunday Mid-Morning and peaceful week ahead 🙂

Blowing In The Wind – Bob Dylan

I love this Bob Dylan song. It is a true classic. Every generation gets it.

This song has been recorded or sang by other artist, but the Dylan version and original still proves the greatest.

The conceptualising of this song seems as old as me.

“Blowin’ in the Wind” is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and released on his album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in 1963. Although it has been described as a protest song, it poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war and freedom. The refrain “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind” has been described as “impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your face, or the answer is as intangible as the wind”.
In 1994, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004, it was ranked #14 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

Love Songs

I was just reading an article about Dawn French, a favourite of Peter and mine, a very funny comedienne. Anyway she said that she married Mark Bignell, an executive for a Drug and rehabilitation charity, because he played her a song by the Cocteau Twins called Song of the Siren. She knew right there and then that she found her man. Dawn said “You would fall in love if someone gave you that song.”

Aww

I asked Peter what love song would he play to me? He contemplated a little bit, really thinking about it because he know I love my music. Well after a few heartbeats, he said he’ll play me Cilla Black’s You’re My World”

Awww

Awwww

Awww

That is so sweet. Wouldn’t you love a man like that? I am glad he is mine.

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