Archive for January, 2009

Happy Australia Day

Monday 26 January, 2009

Happy Australia Day! I found this quite amusing website on peoples’ versions of “Advance Australia Fair” called “Advance Australia Dare”. [click here to check it out] I’ve posted some entries below, some funny and others creative. Maybe you could submit your own entry? I hope you enjoy…

4 year old Amy sings the national anthem

Office workers sing the national anthem to the tune of “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from the 1983 film Flashdance

Office workers sing and hand sign the national anthem in Auslan

Malaysian born Tamil-Australian legend Kamahl sings the national anthem

Obama’s Inauguration Music

Wednesday 21 January, 2009

I was really moved listening to President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech. To watch a video of his entire speech click here. There were also heaps of amazing musical items presented throughout the ten days of celebration, what’s a celebration without music?! Here are two items from the inauguration ceremony…

The legendary Aretha Franklin sings “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee“, the tune of which is based upon the British National Anthem “God Save the Queen“.

An amazing international quartet comprised of the French born Chinese cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Israeli American violinist Itzhak Perlman, the African American clarinettist Anthony McGill and the Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, performing the song “Air and Simple Gifts” by the American composer John Williams.

Happy New Year… Sydney Style!

Thursday 8 January, 2009

Happy new year! In case you missed the Sydney harbour fireworks, here’s some awesome clips for you. If you double click them to open them in a new window, you can watch them in hi-definition! The synchronisation of the fireworks with music is awesome and I love the mix of pop and classical music. Want the grand finale? Watch Part 2 from 2:06 to the end (2 minutes).

Part 1

Part 2

New Years Resolution… make our music department the best it has ever been!