Judith Durham ………..

gave me so much listening pleasure as the lead singer of the Australian group The Seekers but, sadly, she has passed on. “It’s Hard to Leave” was apparently written many years ago, and in the context of her leaving her family and friends in order to go on tour with the band. This was a new song to me which I recently came across by accident … but what an accident! Enjoy.

1968 – A Wonderful Music Year!

There were so many really good sounds and songs for me to lose myself in, in 1968 (I was 22 after all)!  It was very difficult deciding between Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross, Nina Simone’s “Ain’t Got no ….”, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Take My Hand For a While” and so many more. However, 1968 was the year that I was introduced to The Moody Blues … and I loved their sound (and still play various tracks regularly). So my choice for 1968:

1966 … a very good year!

1966 really was an amazing year of music for me. The Seekers made a huge impact, as did The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and Simon & Garfunkel. I have to also mention The Mamas & Papas, The Lovin’ Spoonful, and Marianne Faithful …. where does it end? Well of course it doesn’t end, because there were so many other amazing recordings in 1966.

In 1966 I had started going to a local folk club so, as much as I loved the typical heavy rock sounds, I also loved a simple acoustic performance, hence my initial choice was Joni Mitchell’s “Circle Game”. However, the  more I thought about it, the more 1966 has to be given to Judith Durham and The Seekers.

A musical message from 1965

This was such an easy choice, and it was not because of the selection (lack of) available from my 1965 memories. In fact there were so many really good songs released in 1965, all of which made some impact on 19 year old Colin however, evidence of WWII was still prevalent in England which, coupled with the apparent “stand-off” between the USA and (then) USSR ….. made this a very hard hitting song for an impressionable teen!