General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.


  1. Raphael Saadiq ” Love that Girl”. Has a Smokey kind of vibe. R&B

    • Conspiratoor

       /  December 23, 2017

      More smoky from another century

    • Pickled Possum

       /  December 23, 2017

      Thanks Trav I LOVE MUSIC the music that travels thru your body and
      you just have to dance and move to the rhythm.

      Merry Xmas and hope you have an extraordinary New Year
      I think you are an extraordinary person.

      Just imagine if we all thought the same, was the same, how boring! eh?.
      I celebrate your difference to me, your values and opinions are appreciated by me.
      I am true to myself in my taha maori as you are in your rightness.
      Kia kaha wahine toa.

      Jeff Healey … Blind … Canadian and just Awesum!!!! RIP

      • I am deeply touched by your lovely post PP. Know the feeling is completely mutual. Can I bounce your warm and wonderfully expressed sentiments back right at you. I too love the diversity of our beautiful country and it’s extraordinary people, thats you and me and everyone here. You know when I leave NZ the biggest thing I miss is the bird sound and our pohutukawa. It represents strength, it both kisses and holds back the oceans from the land. Then of course it gives us our special Christmas tree. It is so precious to me. When I see one today I’ll think of you.

        Most of us, especially born and bred Kiwis, though others come to it, share a strong tie to this beautiful land we live in – our Aotearoa.

        “Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua”

        As man disappears from sight, the land remains

        That said it is so much about the people we interact with in the hear and now. I think of music as a powerful and uniting force and it helps us to see that on a soul level we have more in common than we might firstly think.

        You have a wonderful festive time with your whanau Pickled Possum and I look forward to your insight and music in the coming year xxx

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  December 23, 2017

          Remember a song that went ‘Hey, nineteen…we can’t get it together…we can’t talk at all….’ so sad and touching.

          • phantom snowflake

             /  December 23, 2017

            This one, Kitty.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 23, 2017

              Steely Dan ! I couldn’t remember who sang it, but it’s one of those unforgettable songs. I love it.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 23, 2017

              Even if-or because-it always makes me cry.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 23, 2017

              although (because ?) it always makes me cry……

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  December 23, 2017

    Trav, it is amazing how music and songs stay in the memory-that seems to be the last thing to go..

    I suggested that the local dementia unit play music of the youth of the patients…it made a difference to the moods of these people, I have heard. Who cares if I was given credit for it ? It would be nice, but if nobody remembers now whose idea it was, I don’t mind as long as it has that calming effect on the people and they like it.

    • In my mother’s retirement village they have active singing groups and sessions. Before she moved into the village Mum used to sing in a choir that entertained all around her city. The elderly do get buoyed by all the nostalgia.

      As for Steely Dan, they remind me of my heyday too. Too many to pick a fave but “Hey Nineteen” is very popular and that’s because it hits a chord with many people. I’m sure the musicologists in our number can be more specific as to why. I tend to have very catholic tastes. There’s not much music I can’t respond to. It has to match my mood though.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 24, 2017

        When a friend had early dementia, that part of his mind stayed and he remembered songs and music.

        As I was raised as an Ulster Prod, I know a lot of hymns and often find myself singing these when I’m painting and doing things like that.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  December 23, 2017

    from the youth

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  December 23, 2017

    Gezza; I saw a young pookie running and taking off, landing and doing it again….he did it quite a few times and it was most entertaining. Then he must have become aware that he had an audience and stopped, strolling off in a rather self-conscious way.