Category Archives: music

Musical Interlude: Tom Petty

October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017



Posted by on October 2, 2017 in America, music


Siberian serenades sweetheart from a dangling van

Alpha or beta? Romantic, anyway, I guess…

A young man in the Siberian city of Biysk has made up with his girlfriend in spectacular fashion by serenading her from a van – suspending by a crane outside her third-floor bedroom window.

Neighbours on Leningradskaya Street took to the Vkontakte social media site to report a lorry with a crane hoisting the van high into the rainy morning sky, with some hoping the police would “stick it” to the driver when they turned up.

But it gradually dawned that this was a special occasion, as the van was decorated with balloons. And when Yelena Gorbunova opened her window to see what was going on, she came face to face with her ex-sweetheart Alexander bearing flowers, gifts and a card to mark her 29th birthday, while a saxophonist below played her favourite song – the Aerosmith hit Dream On.

She told Russia’s Metro newspaper that Alexander “often surprises me with presents, but never before like this!” She said they split up three weeks earlier after going steady for a year, and the romantic gesture has persuaded her to “make up with him”.

Well, good luck to them.

Dream on! 🙂


Posted by on September 15, 2017 in music, on the lighter side


Vladimir Putin plays a piano introduction to and then sings ‘Blueberry Hill’ at a 2010 charity event with actors Kevin Costner, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Gérard Depardieu in attendance


Bing Crosby / The Andrews Sisters – Mele Kalikimaka

For some reason, I never heard this song before this Christmas season; now I’m hearing different covers of it on the radio. Once again, as with Kiwi Christmas carols, we have a Christmas song that eschews winter imagery, because that isn’t part of the region’s Christmas experience. Catchy Christmas earworm; enjoy!

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Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day
That’s the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun will shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you

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Posted by on December 26, 2016 in music


Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Bibles For Missions Thrift Store; Brampton, Ontario.

Saint Peter’s Roman Catholic Church; Woodbridge, Ontario.


Posted by on December 25, 2016 in good news, music, religion, The Kulturkampf


Kiwi Christmas Carols and Songs

We don’t get to hear Antipodean carols very often, and for that matter, the only Antipodean Christmas songs we hear are jokey Aussie ones about kangaroos, etc. So thanks to Chris for highlighting these Kiwi Christmas carols and songs.

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Posted by on December 24, 2016 in music, religion


Sabaton – Winged Hussars

Gotta love a metal song about the Battle of Vienna! And something good out of Sweden. (Hat tip.)

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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in music