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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Paul Donohoe – Photographer

“I’m Back: This post is a real treat: My photos accompany a beautiful song sung beautifully!

Hello my friendsYes I know: it’s been a while. Who knows how time goes and why and what happens when we allow it to fly by unnoticed or allow it to be occupied (ie stolen) by the mundane, unimportant and wasteful? Well, no more!! I am the master of my own time, and that’s all we will say about it.

For my first post in this new era, there is a treat awaiting all of you.

A while ago I was asked by a folk singing couple if they could use some of my street photos as backing for a song by Bette Midler, The Rose, in a video they wished to produce. The Rose? How could I say no? I had already heard these wonderful artists doing their rendition of this fantastic song, which was the title track and name of the movie starring Bette Midler (if you haven’t seen the movie, then please please get hold of the DVD).

And the result? Well when I first saw the video I was speechless. Susan and Colin Parrish had transformed my photos. Well, they were the same images: they hadn’t changed. But as I watched them roll by and listened to that heart achingly beautiful song, I was blown away by the power and the beauty of the two very different art forms combined. And the message they wished to convey, and that which is inherent in this song, is there for all to see: Everyone is a flower, a rose. We all have that seed within us to become a beautiful bloom. We are all special, no matter what. I have tried to live this ideal, and I am grateful to Colin and Sue for allowing me to join with them in presenting this simple but profound idea to you all. I urge you to listen closely to the lyrics. They never cease to inspire and move me.

Both they and I have had very positive feedback from people who have seen the video. I hope you will enjoy it as much as they have. It’s on YouTube and here is the link. After watching this video I am sure you are going to want to know more about these wonderful artists and their group Takin’ Time. So, you can find their websitehere. I am lucky enough to have both their albums. Wonderful songs sung wonderfully.
It’s good to be back on this blog. I hope it’s good for you too!!

Posted by at 12:50 PM January 4th 2012

Takin’ Time

If Wintery Sunday afternoons are better spent indulging, then the Friends of Minerva has one covered for you!

Picture this. Ethereal live music, good company, cheese and wine, and all set in the historical Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute.

Folk band Takin’ Time is Susan and Colin Parrish, a duo who’ve played in many folk and music festivals around Victoria. Susan’s voice has been compared to Judith Durham, Nana Mouskouri and Linda Ronstadt. That paired with her husband Colin’s guitar is a match made in heaven. Takin’ Time’s tunes have been described as deeply moving and tranquil, and even at times, inspirational.

Janice Haase, a member of Friends of Minerva, was blown away recently when she visited Darnum Musical Village. It was there she discovered Takin’ Time and thought them perfectly fitting for the next Friends of Minerva event. So take her word for it and book your tickets through www.ballaratmi.org.au or in the lending library. This special event will raise funds to furbish the new Finishing Kitchen.

Tickets: $20 (including wine and cheese)

Date: Sunday 19 July 2015

Time: 2.00 pm

Venue: BMI, 117 Sturt Street, Ballarat

For further information, contact Janice Haase  on 0417397550.


“Hello Susan and Colin, I’m a Missourian who has been searching for an inspirational version of “Shenandoah” to use at my memorial service (simply planning ahead for it while I still have my health), and I would be honored if you would grant me permission to use your version posted on YouTube.  Click here Your performance of this song is an impeccable, deeply-moving interpretationin a most tranquil setting. Susan’s rich alto voice is aurally mesmerizing,and I am humbled by the beauty of your collaborative work of art, a gift from God that I didn’t expect to receive today. If you have not already done so, please consider auditioning for”Australia’s Got Talent” or another similar program so that the rest of the world might have an opportunity to appreciate your talent as I have today. Thank you, most sincerely! Gene .”

Gene WeberSt. Louis, MO, USA

“Your website reveals your compatibility and the wonderful service of good music you both offer to us all. I listen to your music, in a class by itself, with words I can hear and understand, and with a melody that is suitable and fitting for those of us who choose not to lead a frenetic life style fueled by cacophony, and indistinguishable and often rude and crude, lyrics.” Helen Larsen, Santa Barbara, California.

“Dear Susan, Colin & Bob. Thank you for the beautiful entertainment you provided at our recent birthday party. We do not often have a group of your quality…Certainly we will endeavour to invite you again some time in the future.” Kath Tanian, President Morwell Senior Citizens.

“Take some time to come and listen to this fabulous duo. Colin & Sue have delighted many people with their remarkable sound.” Bonnie Medley, Proprietor of the Barn On Jacksons, Jindivick.

“Thankyou for your contribution to our reunion. The feedback was so positive about your music and choice of songs, and Sue, ‘you are a star’! The people loved your voice and were still talking about you the next day.” Max Cameron, Nilma

St Patrick’s Night 2013 .   “Thank you Susan & Colin.  I have had nothing but fabulous feedback for the night!”   Amanda Stewart,  Venue manager at the Ferntree Gully Bowling Club.

  • Songs In Our Repertoire   ……and a few others that we’ve forgotten about!!

A Hard Day’s Night      

A Kind Of Hush
A Long Way To Tipperary
A World Of Our Own
After All These Years
All I Have To Do Is Dream

All For Me Grog
All Of Me
Along The Road To Gundagai
Amazing Grace
American Pie
American Tune
Annie’s Song D
April Come She Will
Are you Lonesome Tonight
As Tears Go By
At Seventeen
Auld Lang Syne 

All My Lovin’

Aussie Through and Through

Back Home Again
Bad Moon Rising
Banks Of The Ohio
Belfast Mill
Black Velvet Band
Blowin In The Wind

Blanket On The Ground

Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain

Bob’s Going To Die Unhappy 

Book Of Love 
Botany Bay 
Both Sides Now 
Brand New Key 
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Bright Blue Rose 
Buchail On Eirne 
Bunch Of Thyme 
Bye Bye Love
Carolina In The Morning 
Carolina On My Mind 
Catch The Wind 
Chapel Of Love 
Che Sera Sera 
Chicken Dance Click Go The Shears
Closest Thing To Crazy 

Cockles & Mussels
Come Up And See Me 

Corina Corina 
Could I have This Dance 
Country Road 

Daisy A Day
Dark Night Of The Soul 

Dark Deep Rolling Water
Danny Boy
Different Drum
Dimming Of The Day
Dirty Old Town
Does Your Mother Know
Do Wa Diddy Diddy
Dream Lover
Dreaming My Dreams 

Early Morning Rain
Eight Days A Week
El Condor Pasa
Fiddler’s Green
Fields Of Gold
For You

From Clare To Here
Goin’ Up The Country
Grandfather’s Clock
Gypsy Rover
Hey Baby 

Hold Me
Home Amongst The Gumtrees
House Of The Rising Sun
How Can I Tell You
How Do You Do It
I Am Australian 

I Am A Rock
I Don’t Know How To Love Him
I just Want to Dance With You
I’m A Believer 

I Have A Dream
I Saw Her Standing There
I Should Have Known Better
I Will Love You
I Will Love You All My Life
I Only Want To Be With You 

I Still Miss Someone

I Will Never Hide My Pride
If I Had A Hammer
I’ll Never Find Another You
I’ll Take You Home again Kathleen
I’m A Working Man

I’m Sorry
Island Of Dreams

Isn’t It Grand Boys
It’s My Party
Jamaica Farewell
Jingle Jangle
Last Thing On My Mind
Last Night I had the Strangest Dream
Lazin On A Sunny Afternoon
Leaving On Jet Plane
Lights On The Hill
Lili Marlene
Limbo Rock
Lipstick On Your Collar 

Look What They’ve Done To My Song
Lord Franklin
Lord Of The Dance
Lost In France
Love Is All Around
Love Hurts
Love Me Tender
Lyin’ Eyes

Marie’s Wedding
Mary’s Boy Child
Matchstalk Men
Me And Bobby Mgee
Meet Me On The Corner
Monsieur Dupont
Moon River
Moon Shadow
Moonlight Shadow

Morningtown Ride
Mountains Of Mourne 

Mr Bojangles
Mr Tambourine Man
Mull Of Kintyre
Music Man
My Sweet Lady
New Potatoes/Belfast Lassie
Nights In White Satin
Now I’m Easy
Obla di Obla da
Oh Boy
Old Flame

Old Maid In The Garret
Old Rocking Chair
Once I Had A Sweetheart
Only Yesterday

Paddy McGinty’s Goat
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Peggy Gordon
Plaisir D’amour
Planxty Irwin
Play Me
Reason To Believe

Red Rose Cafe
Ruby Tuesday

Sally Gardens
Save The Last Dance For Me
Say You Love Me
Scarborough Fair 

Scarlett Ribbons
Singing The Blues
Sometimes When We Touch
Song For Ireland
Sound Of Silence
Spancil Hill Em
Streets Of London
Steal Away
Stranger On The Shore
Take It Easy
Tequila Sunrise
Tell Me Ma
Tennessee Waltz
That’s Alright Mama
The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
The Boxer
The Can Can
The Carnival Is Over
The Dark Night Of The Soul

The Drunken Sailor
The Fields Of Athenry
The First Cut Is The Deepest
The Happy Wanderer
The Hokey Pokey
The Holy Ground
The Juice Of The Barley
The Last Farewell
The Lonely Bull
The Luckiest
The Mighty Quinn
The Nickel Song
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

The Nightingale
The Only Living Boy In NY
The Parade
The Rose
The Rose Of Allendale
The Times Are A’Changing

The Unicorn Song
The Wild Rover

The Wishfulness Waltz
There Goes My Everything
This I Promise You
This Is My Song
Thorn In My Side
Those Were The Days
Time after Time
Tin Whistle Meddley
Tonight Will Be Fine
Two Of Us
Unchained Melody
Under The Boardwalk
Waltzing Matilda

Walk A While
Walk Right Back
Waves Of Tory
We’ll Meet Again
We’ve Done Us Proud
What Have They Done To My Song

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
When Will I Be Loved
When You Say Nothing At All
When You taught Me How To Dance
When You Were Sweet Sixteen
Whiskey In The Jar
Will You Go Lassie Go
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Wind Beneath My Wings
Wooden Heart

Working Man
Yesterday’s People
You Know it Doesn’t Matter 

You Will Never Know
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away