Saturday, May 14, 2016

Long Me





To my mother in law Binh Pham, who's treated me like a son since the day I proposed to her daughter.
Happy 90th birthday!

Mother's love (translated from vietnamese)

Mother's love is boundless like the overflowing Pacific ocean.
Mother's love is ceaseless like a gentle and sweet stream.
Mother's words is soft as a whispering rice field.
The lullaby (outside veranda), the declining-moon's shades, mother.

Mother's love for me is like the autumn moon.
Mother's love is like a breath of air playing on a lake's surface.
Her vague lullaby is soft as a cadenced kite's flute,
rain and shine, all day long, playing with kids' singing.

Loving us, she spent many restless nights,
we had tight sleep, how happy our mum was.
Loving us, many days and many nights,
taking pains and troubles, she nursed us til grown-up age.

Through ups and downs, our thin mother doesn't mind.
All life's hardships make her sad head heavy.
All days and nights, she's glad for us wholeheartedly.
Her sweet lullabies echo through years, interminably.


Mother's love overflows villages everywhere.
Mother's love rises high, moon and mountains listen silently.
Her lullabies agitate mountains, streams, bamboo rows.
Pacific waves are quiescent when hearing her lullabies.

With all her heart, mum comforted us through childhood.
A great affection is soft as music and singing.
All day long, she admonishes us with ardent words,
engraved on our hearts though thousand of miles away.

Loving us, mum sang pleasant words.
To lull us to sleep, she didn't mind to have wakeful nights.
Many years, her tears flowed down like streams,
flowing in our hearts, her hair was already gray.

Whoever is on the road to somewhere far away,
despite all hardships through the whirling of time,
though sunlights go dim but love will never fade,
always expect to be back under mother's shade.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Courtney Barnett - "Avant Gardener" + "History Eraser"

                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                 
  
I got drunk and fell asleep
Atop the sheets but luckily
I left the heater on

And in my dreams I wrote the best
Song that I’ve ever written
Can’t remember how it goes

I stayed drunk and fell awake
I was cycling on a plane
And far away I heard you say you liked me

We drifted to a party, cool
The people went to arty school
They made their paints by mixing acid wash and lemonade

[Chorus]
In my brain
I re-arrange
The letters on the page
To spell your name

I found an Ezra Pound
And made a bet that if I found
A cigarette, I’d drop it all and marry you

Just then a song comes on:
"You can’t always get what you want"
The Rolling Stones, oh woe is we, the irony

The stones became the moss
And once all inhibition's lost
The hipsters made a mission to the farm

We drove by tractor there
The yellow straw replaced our hair
We laced the dairy river with the cream of sweet vermouth

In my brain
I re-arrange
The letters on the page
To spell your name

You said, "We only live once"
So we touched a little tongue
And instantly I wanted to

I lost my train of thought
And jumped aboard the Epping as
The doors were slowly closing on the world

I touched on and off
And rubbed my arm up against yours
And still the inspector inspected me

The lady in the roof
Was living proof that nothing
Really ever is exactly as it seems

In my brain
I re-arrange
The letters on the page
To spell your name

We caught the river boat downstream
And ended up beside a team
Of angry footballers

I fed the ducks some krill
Then we were sucked against our will
Into the welcome doors of the casino

We drank green margaritas
Danced with sweet senoritas
And we all went home as winners of a kind

You said "I guarantee we'll have more fun
Drink till the moon becomes the sun
And in the taxi home I’ll sing you a Triffids song"

In my brain
I re-arrange
The letters on the page
To spell your name


Temples - Shelter Song

                                                 Posting as a followup to Jason's post from last year. Cool Sgt Peppers sort of sound.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Oliver Nelson Septet - Stolen Moments

Russell Morris - The Real Thing (Live)

                                                        Iconic Aussie 60's rocker performing his biggest hit at the Byron Bay Blues Festival in 2013.


Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Terry - Conversation Blues

lots of love



"Baltimore" - Randy Newman + Nina Simone






                                                    
Beat-up little seagull
On a marble stair
Tryin' to find the ocean
Lookin' everywhere

Hard times in the city
In a hard town by the sea
Ain't nowhere to run to
There ain't nothin' here for free

Hooker on the corner
Waitin' for a train
Drunk lyin' on the sidewalk
Sleepin' in the rain

And they hide their faces
And they hide their eyes
'Cause the city's dyin'
And they don't know why

Oh, Baltimore
Man, it's hard just to live
Oh, Baltimore
Man, it's hard just to live, just to live

Get my sister Sandy
And my little brother Ray
Buy a big old wagon
Gonna haul us all away

Livin' in the country
Where the mountain's high
Never comin' back here
'Til the day I die

Oh, Baltimore
Man, it's hard just to live
Oh, Baltimore
Man, it's hard just to live, just to live

Oh, Baltimore
Man, it's hard just to live
Oh, Baltimore
Man, it's hard just to live, just to live

♫BILLY STEWART ♫ Sitting in the Park♫

The Impressions - Gypsy Woman (1961)

Eva Cassidy - Over The Rainbow