This was my first song. It started out as a campaign piece to support the opposition to the Aramoana Aluminum smelter can you imagine how mental that proposal was?
Building such a thing in close proximity to the only albatross colony that is close to a city it would have snapped the golden thread of Dunedins environmental appeal. It would have been an environmental catastrophe; like the one in bluff that exudes lethal toxins over a massive area and kinda puts the kibosh on other potential industry and all for what?
We run at a loss to support the vandals – enough said.
Anyway, the song became more about comparisons between man & machine vs nature. We can fly high and fast but the envirocost is incalculable.The albatross is loyal and faithful and at one with nature and entwined with mystery.
We by contrast are living by logic and tempered by greed. It’s not logical to shit in our own nest but the ghastly fiction of LTD is our operating system and our psychopathic justifier.
It’s totally nuts but because it’s common practice sanctioned by a crooked legal mechanism – alls well that ends badly.
It’s a good song, tho i say so myself and in fact probs my best song; I should have quit while i was ahead ha ha. Here is a live version from last year. Played on a baritone guitar (Tacoma Thunderhawk) rebuilt by Steve Barkman.
The line that i was proud to find was “every day is your judgement day”. I feel that a good song is there to be found. It’s like it existed already. All i had to do was chip away the junk around it and reveal the message that was waiting to be found.
It’s like that playing live also the audience can draw new things out of the performer and link their search (with the song.)
Anyway the campaign to stop the madmen from building a smelter was a huge success and I wasn’t directly part of it. The leader of it was some years later gunned down by David Gray.
I really want to know more about this Save Aramoana issue and write more about it. Anyone out there remember anyone who was involved with the movement to stop the smelter? (Comment below please.)
The people involved deserve the equivalent of the Victoria cross for environmental heroism. Dunedin owes them a huge debt of gratitude if only there were more people willing to front up and appose the Licence To Destroy (LTD) merchants.
Listen to another version of the song and buy if you like it ( below.)
Last night my good friend Nev Copland gave me a very expensive ticket to the Eagles at Mt Smart. A highlight was when the crowd chimed in on Hotel California and seemed to know every word of it.
The ticket prices were insane. I had no idea that the showbiz world had managed to schmoooze so much hard earned bread out of ardent punters. Would you pay 700 plus for a ticket? Even a cheap seat was close to 150.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamazing. The Eagles are no doubt gifted musicians but their management is pure genius in being able to persuade 70 thousand people to pay HUNDREDS each for a ticket 6 months in advance.
What a gravy train! All costs returned and a MASSIVE profit IN ADVANCE. Two nights could return close to 20 million excluding merchandise and sponsorships etc. It’s nuts.
It don’t take Einstein to work out that there is something overshadowing music here.
I think I will apply for a job like that. Let you know how I get on.
Anyone got the chords to Hotel California? I understand there is plenty of room there. Book me in please.
Want to say a big thanks to Jonathan G for making videos of my songs. If you have time have a look at his work. Here they are below. Update:Unfortunately Jonathan’s channel and clips seem to have disappeared.
Two Degrees (Out)
Auld Lang Syne
Fait accompli (studio version)
Still not a lot of work out there so am keen to play at yours. Any excuse is ok. Just throw a NO REASON AT ALL PARTY and I come play for you. Originals only but I will do you a cover of Hotel California for a donation of 20 million in advance to give me six months to learn the song.
Seriously tho, if you require my services please text me/phone 02102592919 and I will come play for you. Teach you my songs. Read you stories. Anything.Conditions apply. Ha ha.
Anyway – I have to go but I ask of you to PLEASE give us some feedback. Really want to write this blog frequently and if you respond then its gonna give me the input I need to keep cranking
Have an awesome day then write in and tell me about it.
You could not script it in your wildest dreams the real life stories of the street. Things happen that you just don’t understand. Like the guy on the pushbike who does a wheelstand riding full speed down Queen St block after block. He does this often. Why? Who knows?
Or the guy who forever checks out the bins going about his quest in the manner of a professional he is retrieving left over drinks to top up the paper cup he carries. So many characters that come up to you asking for particular things and you kinda have to give in sometimes.
Like one guy who looked like THE most unhappy person I ever ever saw in my life. I couldn’t help staring at him. He noticed this and said “I suppose you think I’m a fuckwit”. I told him that I had no way of knowing where he was at. I asked him what he wanted.
He replied in the most heart wrenching tone I ever heard “I want to be happy”. I asked him what would make him happy. “A burger and chips” was his reply. Not knowing if this was his true desire I asked him to go get his burger and chips and make sure he brought me the receipt so we could be sure he wasn’t gonna spend the money on alcopops.
He came back some time later literally shaking with fear and held out a receipt and said that they didn’t have a burger and chips so he bought chicken and chips instead.” Is that ok” he said in a voice trembling with fear.
He was convinced I would get angry with him for not doing exactly as instructed. Never forget his trembling hand holding out a receipt and his forlorn face like someone reaching out from the depths of hell. He didn’t ask for much and he didn’t even expect to be allowed to have it. OMG he was the saddest guy ever. So locked in the shame of his own imaginings
As you can see from this video that was made by Hayden Booth
“The street is a great place to make a record and thats what I am in the process of doing.”
Don’t worry I have new material it’s just that he requested I do this one for BFM…its on their site now.
Much to tell but there is so little feedback from these blogs…perhaps everyone is on stalkbook all the time these days. Who knows.
Social and media are two things that mix like oil and water. It seems that for media to be successful it has to behave in a way that is antisocial.
What do you think friendly blog reader? Can you buy me a burger and chips? I wanna be happy.
This set of videos comes from MW Sellwood who has made a YT channel featuring buskers and street performers. He has included several clips of Luke which he made into a playlist. Comments and clips are from him.
Great to hear from Floray who made a video and passed on these quick notes.
Firstly it was just fantastic just listening to you on that gloomy overcast Auckland afternoon. I absolutely love each and every song on your Album on the CD.
There’s definitely something unique about your music and probably even more unique for me to have discovered you at this point in my life where I’m struggling. I’m sure struggle is an unfamiliar word in your vocabulary somehow there is a sense of that in your music.
Anyways Keep doing this great job you’r fantastic and I hope things get better my end and I’m able to move up to Auckland then I’d get to hear you Live more often. I’d surely be interested to buy some more CD’s if this job comes thru.
Take care and look after yourself mate..”
Here is the video
Published on Jun 25, 2012 by uttamfloray Luke Hurley on Queens Street, Auckland, New Zealand. The Sound that stopped me to listen. Got a signed CD of Best of Luke Hurley and I enjoy every bit of it. A hint of Celtic sound his Music is very Unique and Touching. I hope you all enjoy it.
The trailer for The Insatiable Moon – a New Zealand feature film directed by Rosemary Riddell and starring Rawiri Paratene (Whale Rider), Sara Wiseman, Ian Mune and Greg Johnson. General release in NZ from 7 October. Check it out at www.theinsatiablemoon.com
I wrote the opening theme tune and some of the music in the main body of the film. Neville Copeland did the rest of the score.