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MUSIC REVIEWS BY PHIL BENNETT
GREATEST HITS LIVE
BLEKBALA MUJIK HAVE been around
in va rious forms for almost three decades
now and this live compilation of their
sta ndout songs is a fanta stic introduction to
their punchy, f unky world of spiky guitars,
lively grooves a nd atmospheric synth sounds.
Hailing from Gulin Gulin in Central
Arnhem Land, they’ve toured consistently
and reaped a number of awards over the years,
which is clearly reflected in these exuberant
Sung in an intriguing mix of English and
traditional Bunggul and Kriol, their words
show a deep understanding of the elements
that make up their lives.
Sometimes bleak (“He battered his wife
then put her in hospital All their kids were
upset realising mother’s not with them” –
Drangkinbala) sometimes gorgeous (“It
stands up like a beauty in the blazing sunlit
sky Her story tells of wisdom written on
her sacred ground ” – Kakadu) but mostly
passionate and uplifting (“Come together
today. Be a friend with ever yone” – Make
Peace, Make L ove, No War).
Combining dreamtime storytelling
ALL THESE NIGHTS IN BARS WILL
SOMEHOW SAVE MY SOUL
A SIMPLY PUT together lo-fi debut, Rob
Ly nc h ’s All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow
Save My Soul is a highly enjoyable and quietly
Delivered in a “grab whatever chair you
can” singalong style, its instrumentation is
primarily acoustic, but its roots and earthy
deliver y are firmly entrenched in the raw spirit
of grass roots punk.
The melodies are pure and whistleable but
they’re sanded down with the rough edge of
straining to be heard.
There’s something really uplifting about
these songs, made all the more so by the
replacement of standard chorus harmonies
with joyous chants.
Which sort of makes you want to join in
yourself. Put on My Friends A nd I, follow the
bouncing ball and sing along with the invisible
“My friends & I we’ve got a lot to live for.
My friends & I we live the good life – at least
just for tonight.”
Feels good doesn’t it?
There’s nothing complicated here – good
songs that tell it how it is, great vocals and
bundles of infectious enthusiasm.
Honest to the bottom of his shoes, Lynch is
a singer/song writer who sings like he’s looking
you in the eye, and you’re not sure if that’s a
glint or the edge of a tear.
Songs for the people. Discover and
and traditional didgeridoo and stick s with
contemporary Oz Rock riffs and irresistible
reggae and dance beats, Blekbala Mujik
concoct a tasty brew that’s extremely likeable
and easy to connect with.
Vibrant and earthy.
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We welcome this contribution from our most
inveterate letter writer, Frank Schenk of
Osborne Park WA. You’ll find the column he
refers to at http://novamagazine.com.au /
article_archive /2014/2014-09 -farewell-feast.
html (our September issue). While you mightn’t
agree with him, it’s food for thought. And now at
least I can understand my own mother’s (failed)
attempts to get us to love bread and dripping!
AS A FAN of Jude Blereau, I always enjoyed
reading her enthusiastic comments about
cooking healthy and well balanced meals.
However, in her farewell contribution it
seems to be that, due to the generation gap,
she got her facts a bit mixed up. There is
no doubt about it – a varied diet and good
compa ny make life more pleasant and the
food more digestible, pa rticularly if you
indulge in her butter-rich and sweet apple
tart. Sadly, health wise, none of these factors
will compensate for the nutrient deficiencies
of our modern food.
Her admiration for the t wo very old
ladies, still in ver y good health, is attributed
The Loss of Wisdom
to their nutritional wisdom.... or was it?
Being now 87 myself, it seems that Jude has
overlooked quite a bit of factual information
• Up to the 1930s and 1940s, most of the
foods ava ilable were virtually organic,
sea sona l, free of a rtificial fertilisers and
• Variety? As far as I know, the most popular
breakfast was for many years the good old
oat porridge or some similar concoction
made from crushed wheat.
• Fat? Definitely no butter on a regular
basis. Dripping wa s most readily ava ilable
and used fat. In fact, right up to the 60s,
Bread and Dripping was the traditional
Friday lunch in some of Perth’s private
• The introduction of pasteurised dairy
products, a lthough ver y profitable to the
traders, was in fact a severe blow to the
nation’s health. Sad to say, ca lves fed on
pasteurised milk die with two weeks from
the mal absorption of nutrients due to the
destruction of the natural enzymes which
convert them into energy instead of fats.
is digital too
• From a nutritional point of view, it is most
unlikely that the generations born after
1960 will live to a ripe old age. As it is,
increasing numbers of people suffer from
Could the ripe old age of the two ladies
quoted by Jude be attributed to the fact that
in earlier days women lived in harmony
with their traditional, socially most vital,
satisfying a nd multi skilled role of housewife
which won them respect, wherea s today’s
perception, a la s, is one of contempt.
In today’s world, a ll those with limited
educational achievement are perceived
a s nulls by the self appointed elites. The
result of this blatant social discrimination
is that today’s housewives have stopped
transmitting their unacknowledged wisdom
to their daughters.
Frank Schenk, Osborne Park WA
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