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Min Kym: Gone


What is a child prodigy? Here’s another stab at it. It’s a means to another’s end. Oh, they wish you well, wish the very best for you, but there is a price to pay and the price is you. (172)

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Dawn Mantras for the New Year – and a few chocolates

The first performance of Ross Edwards’ Dawn Mantras was given on the sails of the Sydney Opera House at dawn on January 1st 2000.

Start your new year by listening to it at dawn by the sea or on a mountain.

And/or…. follow this Icelandic Christmas Eve suggesstion sent to us by one of our spotters, who knows what we like:


Johnny Cash & Brother Claude Ely – Aint No Grave!

Gert rarely (never) reblogs, but she was mesmerised by this performance of the great gospel song Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold Me Down by Johnny Cash near the end of his life. Scuttle over to Thom Hickey’s Immortal Jukebox to hear it and to enjoy Thom’s description of Brother Claude Ely’s antics. If you’re looking for a blog with really interesting writing about some great music, this is it. And what a nice change it makes from the manufactured jollity of Xmas.
Put your comments on the Jukebox blog, please, so Thom can respond.

The Immortal Jukebox

‘In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed … Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting?’
(St Paul 1 Corinthians)

‘When Brother Claude Ely would get up to sing, I mean he would just get a key on the guitar and when he started singing, it was like the heavens would open up’ (Dennis Hensley lead guitarist at Brother Ely’s Revival meetings)

‘Aint No grave gonna hold my body down .. Gonna get up out of the ground!’ (Brother Claude Ely)

Christmas Cracker 5

As I said in CC1 I often, to the delight and/or outrage of my friends, casually drop the name of an obscure artist into conversation stating that they recorded one of the greatest records ever made. I then respond…

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