A tale, with music, of three islands: Aruba, Ireland and Australia
If you like songs, poetry, literary anecdotes and thought-provoking visual text, read on.
The orthographical conventions adopted throughout the various entries are those of Australian English- so stop pointing out my “mistakes”, Uncle Sam!. .
The Summa Quotidian is a series of 10 albums featuring 12 songs apiece. Each song is preceded by an essay of about 850 words, canvassing a variety of topics, with accompanying illustrations. Sample these essays and/or songs sequentially or at random. The highlighted song is the album title.
A Bit of Banter-Banter is a folk group from Western Sydney. They play songs from (and inspired by) the folk traditions of Ireland, Australia, Britain and North America. Presented in the traditional 12 item CD format, I had finished five such groupings and started a sixth. Then I slacked off in 2018 until the pandemic hit in 2020. From the fourth song in Banter VI on, I have recorded 55 songs in lockdown in 56 days- the group, like the crew of The Irish Rover, has therefore, in terms of these recordings, been reduced down to one- me.
Outliers There are two major song collections on this site, The Summa Quotidian and A Bit of Banter. Each contains 120 songs. This collection will be much more modest, comprising those songs composed in lockdown from mid-2020 on, and quirky songs which make their way to the surface from a time long, long ago (or it might well be yesterday)- and were thrown a lifeline-or maybe just thrust into the pitiless glare of the limelight…
…And Leave Him There is a playscript. (20,000+ words anyone?) Set on the morning of the 11th of September, 2001, in Manhattan, New York City, it encapsulates the tag of this blog: a tale of three islands, Aruba, Ireland and Australia. The songs, which form part of the play, are all accessible as part of The Summa Quotidian.
Making the Living Poetry by Quentin Bega This is a memoir in verse which bridges my first stint as a teacher in Australia, and my first encounter with unemployment upon my return to Northern Ireland. (Again, songs included here can be heard inThe Summa Quotidian.)
Wollongong Sonnets Here is a crown of sonnets. First published in 1978 in Poems in Public Places, a real, published poet told me they were the first authentic poems of mine he had read. (He was wont to pour scorn on various effusions I had shown him over the previous five years…)
Quentin Bega is introduced as a character from a novel. This is the first chapter. Whether there are to be any more chapters is in the lap of the gods.
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