My fella is Kiwi, and he is orright, too.
This week has been a big week, full of a few good Kiwi things.
NZ punches above its weight in terms of making good music, to the point that we will adopt some bands as our own. One of which is Crowded House. There are very few people who don't like Crowded House, or Split Enz. Such catchy and eclectic music, something for everyone there, and some of the songs are just made for karaoke nights.
On Wednesday, we went to see Crowded House frontman Neil Finn at the Recital Centre.
There was a lot of love in the room. It was Neil's birthday, and a few songs in, somebody shouted "Happy birthday" and passed a present and a card to the stage. The room erupted in a chorus of Happy Birthday. Neil, in his sheepish way, sort of smiled and shuffled his feet. Later, he became bolder, bantering with the Audience and showing a sense of humour. He played piano, played the guitar, and even trotted out a string orchestra. He even picked a member of the audience to play a few notes on the piano to accompany him.
One of my favourite songs from the set was this one. Take the time to watch the video, it is one of the most cleverly arranged songs I have ever heard.
He also did a beautiful stripped-back version of "Message to My Girl", the audience burst into applause when the first piano riffs of the song were played. I struggle not to cry when I hear this song, particularly when stripped back and heartfelt like he played it.
It was a magic night, one of the best concerts I have been to, and the Audience were on their feet afterward.
I confess to harbouring a bit of a crush; he has aged well, even better than my other ageing crush, Johnny Farnham.
The other good Kiwi thing this week:
We has a dishwasher! It is a Fisher and Paykel, and the knowledgeable of you might know F&P are (were) a Kiwi brand. The Parent company is now Haier, a Chinese company.
As far as I am concerned, the house is complete for the time being. I hate washing dishes, my talents lying elsewhere.
The weekend has been taken up with being a mock examiner for the physician exams, and thesis writin'. No rest for the wicked, etc.
Any good things for you recently?