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Balinese music - Legong dance

Life, Travel — January 2017

Yesterday I set Helen up with the iPad, only to have her come to me after five minutes saying "Enough iPad, I want to watch some Legong Dance". And so we watched nearly an hour of Legong Lasem and Barong Taru Pramana. more

Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna

Life — January 2015

The lullaby I use most regularly with Helen is the song "Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna", one of the few songs I remember from my own childhood. more

The Wheels on the Walrus go Round and Round

Books + Ideas — November 2013

The lyrics of any children's song can be improved by changing a key word to "walrus". more

Anklung + Anna Bolena

Books + Ideas — October 2013

Due to flooding in the music faculty, my (Javanese) gamelan group wasn't able to rehearse last week. So we met at our leader Pete's place instead, where it turns out he keeps an entire Balinese gamelan anklung in the loft. And this week my sister took me to the opera as a birthday present, to a production of Donizetti's Anna Bolena by the Welsh National Opera. more

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