adventures in dysthymia

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

REMEMBER the Wobble Board, the home-made instrument created by Australian musician/painter Rolf Harris? It was used on his big early-60s hit, Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport. That song -- and the Wobble Board -- was everywhere in 1963. In the US, that is -- it was big earlier in other parts of the world.

Maybe I'll try making myself one. Plenty of scrap hardboard around this place.

Anyway, what brought it to mind was that I came across my lead sheet for the song this morning. I learned the piece a while back but, by an odd bit of timing, did so in the days just before the untimely death of Steve Irwin. Though intending to trot out the song in public performance that weekend, I decided it might not be appropriate and put it away. Quite forgotten now how to play it. Perhaps it's time to refresh my memory.

The reason I came across it is that I've been organizing my songs. Mostly getting my own stuff in order is the idea right now but there is a lot of other music in my files, both copyrighted and public domain. I'll keep working on getting all my songs finished and formatted and listed in a database.

That would be an Open Office database. It seemed the best way to go as OO will probably be around for a while. And, of course, it's free. Having learned the basics of it, I'll probably use it for other purposes, such as mailing lists.

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