The Musos is at Glo’s Kitchen at Beerburrum this Saturday July 25, from 1 – 4pm. Poet Ian Pollock has booked a spot and good friend Tommy Leonard – who has a fascinating story to tell at the moment about an extraordinary song “May the Long Sun Shine Upon You” that has appeared in his life and which he unknowingly has re-composed.
I have heard Tommy’s version of this song and it is utterly beautiful. I include a little more info below if you, like me are fascinated by the songs and stories that are a part of Tommy’s life. He is hoping to get along this Saturday to share it with us, but if not we’re sure to see him soon.
Gloria has emailed me through her menu for this week and it is:
Nigerian Jollof Rice $6 (rice cooked in blended tomato, onion and capsicum) add Spicey Chicken $3, Chicken Schnitzel Burger $10 or Pea and Ham Soup with a roll $7.
Hope to see some of you Saturday
here’s some info and links about “May the Long Sun…”
“May The Long Sun Shine Upon You” – The Incredible String Band – words and music by Mike Heron 1968 (starts at 10 minutes 25 seconds in this video)
Here’s a video of the song being sung at the Aquarius Festival, Nimbin, 1973 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff_lg21pEaE
Here’s the story of how the song was taken up by an Indian yogi and the Kundalini Yoga community https://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/healthy-happy-holy-lifestyle/about-3ho/may-long-time-sun-shine-upon-youwhere-it-all
My 2015 version uses Mike Heron’s original words with my ‘new’ ancient / timeless Celtic melody & style. I have called it “irish blessing” because that’s the way the story of the history of the song was described when I first heard it on a yoga video, so that’s what I used as a point of inspiration for the melody.