Lockdown Day 67 – 1 June 2020 – True and Not Quite so True!

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True and Not Quite so True!

You know there are stories that are not quite true and not quite a story? I love those types of stories. It always involves me.

Let me share two of those:

All my life the girls I wanted, did not want me; all the girls who wanted me, I did not want. My wife was the first girl I wanted who also wanted me, so I immediately married her before she could change her mind and I did not know if I would be lucky again. Now you decide – is it true or not?

Here is another one of those true and not quite so true stories.

Do I have to be normal?

Do I REALLY have to be normal?

When I was in standard 4 (in 1971) I started piano lessons. No, my mother did not force me. With hindsight, being married to a music teacher (see, there is always method in my madness) I progressed quite quickly. Unfortunately, long before I wanted to start practicing, I had to play with two hands. At the end of my first term of music lessons the teacher burst into tears and made an appointment with my mother. I attended the meeting. The teacher begged my mom to stop my lessons. Now you decide – is it true or not?

What is true, is that I listened to classical music from a young age. Rarely did I listen to pop-music while at school. Yet today I know and recognize many of those songs. I love Moody Blues, Queen, Procol Harum, and a many others. That is one regret I have – that I was too lazy to practice my music. I can write an essay about benefits of music lessons.

I live in a house filled with music. My fondest home memories are my daughters practicing music (piano, flute, violin, keyboard, and my wife adding classical guitar and clarinet). I love working with music from YouTube on auto play.


“Music can change the world.”
– Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die.”
– Bob Marley

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
– Chinese proverb

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
– Victor Hugo

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.”
– Johnny Depp

Find the quotes HERE


I have many memories associated with music. Niel Diamond’s “Beautiful noise” takes me back to high school and our bi-annual inter schools and fete’s. Specifically, the year that song was a hit and blasted over the school yard. I can still remember what we did, the noise, smells, and the couples in the dark corners. I always wondered what they are doing, and that in the dark! 😉 

The hymn I sang on our way to George the day my mom died.

Evita’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” driving away from Keetman’s Hoop in Namibia after a 3-week holiday, June 1977. And three weeks are not nearly enough!

Demis Roussos and my famous Vic Bay holiday end 1976.

Pachelbel’s Canon in D on a sunny Saturday morning in July 2018, back-roads to Philadelphia, a week after hearing my wife has leukemia. Thanks to medical advances, not the death sentence it used to be.

And today?

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.”
– Johnny Depp


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