Friday, August 3, 2012

All praise National Roast Day!

In recognition of National Roast Day (this Sunday Aug 5th).. once again pizza is pushed aside... for the hind leg of a previously bouncing baby lamb.
This meal was my dinner every Saturday night when I was growing up. Dad would play golf all day and come home to a roast dinner that Mum had slaved over a hot oven to prepare. Now, a bit like myself, Mum would have music playing when cooking. Not so much during the week, but certainly at the weekend. Some of the oldest lyrics stuck in the back of my mind come from the AM broadcasts floating out of that Panasonic transistor radio. 

It would have been easy to pop on another Billy Bragg CD, especially with the news that he's coming to Dunedin for a concert in October. I'll save that listening pleasure for when I've had a lager or two, roast meals need longer prep and cooking time and even I can't start drinking this early in the day. So, today's trip down pre-2000 music memory lane is The Style Council - Our Favourite Shop.

Are you gonna be threatend by
The public enemies No. 10 -
Those who play the power game
They take the profits - you take the blame -
When they tell you there's no rise in pay

Are you gonna try an' make this work
Or spend your days down in the dirt -
You see things CAN change -
YES an' walls can come tumbling down!

Oh yes, Mr Weller is certainly out there on the left hand side of the political spectrum side by side with Mr Bragg. It's funny to look back at the music I was buying in the mid to late 80s and how much of it flag waving, fist shaking stuff. Ahhh, the folly of youth. Still, over a quarter of a century later and it all sits well as I contemplate roast lamb and a glass of pinot noir. Happy National Roast Day folks.

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