I watched "The Seekers" on YouTube today and it brought back happy memories.  What a good singer Judith Durham was.  My introduction to Aussie life, 51 years ago, was walking through the street in bright sunshine (It was February:  Tasmania is not always so good on sunshine) and hearing "Hey there, Georgie girl..." coming from some open window.  I have eclectic tastes in music: Jazz, classical, country and pop, but that song stirred emotions like few others.  I would think that many, if not most, chatters would have similar long term musical memories.  I hear Glenn Miller and I am dancing still, with a girl in my arms, and terror in my heart for fear that she will not like me.  And so it goes.

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  1. starlette

    Hi there Black, some songs evoke pleasant happy memories others not so……..whenever I hear a certain song it makes me feel physically nauseas………the reason being, I was in the early stages of pregnancy and suffering terrible morning sickness when the record was released, it was a hit for The Four Pennies in the 60s, called You Got Your Troubles I Got Mine….….amazing how the brain stores feelings related to music….

  2. blackpudlian Post author

    Thanks for that. I have obviously had a very untroubled life for I have no such negative associations. I trust all went well in the end despite The Four Pennies.

  3. roseinbloom

    Blackpudlan, thanks for a blog that makes me think of happy times. When I was young, I was busy, but there were times for music. Being in a Greasy Soon type restaurant and playing the Juke box by putting in a quarter. I think it was called a juke box.
    I still remember the Beatles and the new type of freedom in their song, “I Wanna Hold your Hand”. I remember all of our folk music, funny music, and country music. I also remember the show tunes and classical music.
    I recently started using an ipod music device for my gym workout and that really makes the music a part of you.I listened to Johnny cash and Frank Sinatra. and had a happy time.
    Naturally, I listened to music blaring while I drove over the highways of Chicago very early in the morning when I owned the
    roads. Still, Music needs to be more of my life. I try to remember to play it when I am at home. I do like classical a lot also, but I lack a fine ear for music, but it still thrills my soul, but doesn’t send me to paradise.

  4. blackpudlian Post author

    How your comment takes me back. I can’t be bothered looking up the names but Nelly Lutcher and Hoagy Carmichael I can still hear. Not only have I not heard them for 70 years, but I have not even thought of Nelly. My resistance is L-O-W sang Hoagy; deep! And I spent a long night with my newly met but to-be wife of 57years to Franky and Songs for Swinging Lovers. But sadly, I have rather gone off F S

  5. vonMichael

    What a real truth the Four Penny sang about Star!? It is just reality in life between people! I would
    call the song was an anticipation of our time now. Time the oung ones grow in. xxxM

  6. Rockflower

    Certain music and songs are like punctuation in my life story. Hearing these pieces particular to me can slam me right back in an emotional wash. Cathedral choir music from Easter to Christmas, as very young children we always went to the Christmas eve concert, when the choir entered by candle light, all that pent up excitement. Brass bands nearly always make me cry, not sure why, maybe it was the local regiment when they welcomed back war torn men. I remember hearing on the radio, the Ladies Glasgow Orpheus choir singing a song about fairies……I thought they were fairies and I heard a recording a few years back and I still think they sounded like fairies. A quite unique sound. Then I fell in love with Howard Keel, singing Only Make Believe, in Show Boat. Then all the energy of a young teenager with Bill Haley and Rock Around the Clock LOL! I was a student in Liverpool when the Beatles started and they were times full of hope and just joy at being alive. Here I also discovered the Liverpool Symphony, students got free tickets so we went all the time with 1/2 pint in the Philhamonic pub across the road afterwards. This pub’ noteworthy for it’s splendid washrooms with original Victorian fittings. The church bells, ringing for my wedding. I had my first child in the Middle East and in labour I could hear the call to prayer. Sleeping in a tent, in the bush in Kenya feeling very exposed hearing lions and goodness what else grunting and snuffling the other side of the canvas LOL! Not exactly music but that sound will whizz me right back. The song of the British blackbird, the thrush or the curlew, if I hear this in a film it immediately make me feel homesick for the British countryside. Yes songs, music sound is so powerful. So thanks for the memories.

  7. blackpudlian Post author

    I too was a student in Liverpool, but that was just before the Beatles came on the scene. I was a jazz lover then and scorned classical music. The folly of youth: nowadays I love to listen to a group playing a Hayden string quartet, say…..

  8. jenna

    Hi Black, Judith Durham was interviewed on one of our morning shows last week, it was her Birthday, 3rd July, she turned 75.
    The Seekers were a really good group, great music.
    Luckily it was February you were walking through the streets of Tassie and not July….bbbbrrrrrr…lol

  9. blackpudlian Post author

    I only just survived one winter in Tassie. I got to the office on a morning of 1C temperature and there was a single-bar electric heater to heat (?) a big room! Coming from well-heated Edinburgh, I was outraged! And I can’t say WA is much warmer right at this minute, though my heating system is just warming up.