Posted by: jkirkby8712 | April 12, 2011

Tuesday, 12th April, 2011 – beautiful lyrics versus comedy in music

Did you know that a dream is a wish your heart makes?   Great lyrics to a little song I found on an album I played a track from tonight – of all things, it was from the soundtrack of Walt Disney’s ‘Cinderella’. The lyrics go like this, with words and music by Mark David et el:- 

A dream is a wish your heart makes/When you’re fast asleep/In dreams you will lose your heartaches/Whatever you wish for, you keep/Have faith in your dreams and someday/Your rainbow will come smiling through/No matter how your heart is grieving/If you keep on believing/The dream that you wish will come true………….

………….The dream that you wish will come true

Well, I suppose it was a fairy story, but I always maintain, that you gotta have a few dreams, because dreams mean hope, and hope means something to look forward to!!  [Bill’s philosophy!]

I also played a couple of tracks from that great Danish entertainer, the late Victor Borge – from a selection of performances all recorded without the prior knowledge of the audience, and with the performances not actually planned for recording,  there is a guarantee of spontaneity in the outcome. His production consisted of a piano, a stool, a microphone and Borge himself – a talented musical comedian.  Played two selections tonight – sample of his ‘Comedy in music – requests’, and also  his famous ‘Mozart Opera by Borge’, which I have to admit to attempting to perform myself one night [minus the piano] at a church camp!! Not sure if the audience really took to the Borge sense of humour [or perhaps it was the person trying to imitate Borge, that they did not take to!!!].

Meanwhile, on a more serious note, there is a major campaign going on at present with respect to the use of poker machines, and attempts to force through parliament certain restrictions on their use. Naturally, the ‘gambling’ industry is mounting their own campaign in opposition. The ‘Get-Up’ organisation in particular, together with people like Andrew Wilkie MP, the Independent Member for Denison [whose election campaign I recall included promises to try and introduce anti- poker machine into parliament if he was elected]  are very vocal in the matter – as their literature states, in seeking support that    ‘What are we fighting for? The industry spends millions of dollars designing poker machines to be as addictive as possible – to give problem gamblers as little chance as possible to kick a habit that can destroy families. That’s why we must give these families simple tools to help them make their own choices, including a system where gamblers pre-commit how much they want to spend on a given day (known as ‘pre-commitment’).  The clubs industry is one of the most powerful in Australia. Its political influence is impossible to overestimate, and it will fight to the last penny to keep making a fortune at the expense of Australian families. But with your support I know we can build a campaign that proves the voices of the people can be louder then those of vested interest’.  Wilkie included the following story in his promotion.

‘A mother recently gave a searingly honest account of her rapid descent into pokies addiction at the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform that I chair. She had gambled all her life without a problem, but that changed when she was introduced to poker machines. In her words, she changed from a happy-go-lucky, socially-active mother and friend to a restless, isolated, depressed and suicidal woman. The nurse spent her days gambling on pokies, only breaking to pick up the kids from school and grab less than two hours sleep before heading to work the night shift in an intensive care unit at her local hospital. I have heard countless variations of this story during my years pushing for action on poker machines.   These personal stories are the reason we need to clean up this industry, in particular with policies like gamblers nominating how much they are prepared to lose, and maximum withdrawal limits from ATMs in gambling venues. But while I have an agreement with the Prime Minister to make this happen, the fight is not yet won. Some MPs have even told me that they don’t believe strong poker machine reform will ever happen: they simply can’t believe that an industry this powerful, with this much money at its disposal, could ever lose. It will take a huge public movement to stop the powerful gambling lobby from getting its way. I hope you’ll be part of it, and that you’ll ask your friends and family to join too”.  Obviously, they have a tough fight on their hands -against the power of well financed corporations, etc, and perhaps in some quarters, crime and corruption influences.

Having noted all that, I was thinking about my own son’s quite heavy involvement at present in the ‘competitive sport’ of poker [though not the poker machines themselves], and was pleased to note some remarks he placed online recently in response to someone else. While, in many ways, I sometimes wish he wasn’t so heavily involved in this ‘poker’ game,  the following comments made the other night, give one some degree of confidence, that his attitude at present has a lot of sense attached to it.  Hope it stays that way!

 He commented that    “Another win at poker. Money again 🙂   I don’t expect to back it up next weekend – I do know my luck. It’s not high. I do know my stats thou. The last five times I have played at that venue I have won three games, got second and lost one. The one that I lost was the game u played. I was first out. So stay away lol. It went win win last second first and now I’m due for a shit game. Stats all add up to me losing. I’m a stats and odds man. Don’t like my chances   Idea/advice is – Just have Fun, don’t get drunk, and no expectations, just knowledge that you are good enough to win”.

Now Susan returned to Sunbury last night – obviously arrived home while I was at the radio station, but no sign of her afterwards, in fact she didn’t return, so had presumably was staying with friends.  While she is of course an adult, as a Dad, one would sometimes like to have some indication as to likely movements, in broad terms at least.  So tonight, it took some time to get asleep – every car in the area had me wondering if it was Susie returning, and then an eventual early morning wake up [on Wednesday] at 4am, with my outside welcoming lights still on, no chance of any further sleep. Always was a worrier about a myriad of things, so hopefully I can be excused for a little bit of worry on this occasion. Unusual to have no form of contact, nor had her Mum heard from her tonight. One will just have to wait for another day, and a few hours to pass before any enquiries, obviously had an agenda previously planned.

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