Upul Mahen – Mellowing Breeze – Listen to the entire CD
Upul Mahen De Silva launched his CD on 2 of October 2017 at Thornleigh Community Centre. Visharada Nanda Malini, Dr Rohana Weerasinghe. Dr Victor Ratnayake participated and two duets were sung by Upul Mahen with Visharada Nanda Malini and Dr Victor Ratnayake. Songs have been written by Mr Sunil Sarath Perera, Mr Vasantha Kumara Kobawaka, Mr Maithri Panagoda, Mr Lucian Bulathsinghala, Mr Saman Athavuda Hetti and Mr Mahinda Algama. Music Direction has been by Dr Rohana Weerasinghe, and three of the songs have also been composed by Dr Rohana weerasinghe. One song has been composed by Mr H M Jayawardene and rest of the 9 songs by Upul Mahen himself. The event was attended by over 250 invitees. All graphic art work including the CD cover design by Mr Athula Kaldemulla and event was narrated and conducted by Mr Asela Jayanath.
“Who’s gonna fill their shoes”?, is the title of a “Country Song”, recently recorded, asking a relevant question about many great Country-Music “Stars” passing-on, as everyone has to do, at one time or another. Well, with people such as Johnny Cash, George Jones, & Merle Haggard “gone” in the recent past, Ray Price & Marty Robbins, a little while ago, Patsy Cline & Tammy Wynette, joining “their Men”, on Heaven’s Stage, plus other great female Country Stars, I suppose the question asked is quite a reasonable one.
Luckily, there ARE a few of “The young ones”who will hopefully fill the shoes of “the greats”in the Country Music I term “the best”, only because, there have been eras of this music, now long gone, that are termed “Corny”, or “Country & Western”, or even “Hillbilly” , quaint terminology for Country Music. Personally, it does not matter to me, what the song/music, is, how old or young a “Country Vocalist is, IF the song has lyrics that can be understood, the music is “melodic”, commercial, to the point where it could be “karyoked”/ hummed-along with, minutes after one has heard it for the first time, then, to me, this is a good song.
“Millions USE Music that appeal, just to them,
Music for millions, no matter how, where, or when” (D.K.).
When I first saw this young guy, he was in a “tribute-show” to one of the “greats” I have mentioned. Together with Noel Haggard, Ben Haggard, & Marty Haggard, Mo Pitney comes along to answer the question asked in the first place. There are, indeed, “The Young Ones” who will, in time, fill the shoes of the “Stars” & Mo Pitney is certainly one of them.
Health care systems compared – developing country like Sri Lanka & a developed country like Australia – Written by Dr Harold Gunatillake-Health writer
There is no similarity the way the two health systems have evolved, but the socio-economic factor is key to the dissimilarity.
Sri Lanka has no planned universal health scheme, except for free government hospital care, and Australia on the contrary has a most efficient universal public health care plan to cover health-care of all citizens. The Australian Government’s funding contributions include a universal public health insurance scheme, Medicare. Medicare was introduced in 1984 to provide free or subsidized access to public hospital services and to treatment by health professionals (including doctors, optometrists and some other health professionals) Both countries have public hospital delivery systems rendering a free medical system – preventative and curative to the needy public. …
Written exclusively for all expatriates from Sri Lanka.
Born in a Country that was supposed to be THE former Garden of Eden, this particular “expatriate”personally saw the massive”changes” from the halcyon CEYLON of the 30’s, where “life” was uncomplicated,inexpensive, easy to live, in every imaginable way. First & foremost, it was a Country with NO Seasons. Waxing lyrical, Eternal Summer, golden wind-swept beaches surrounding it, palm trees, like no other, fruit trees, like no other, as well, bearing fruit like the mangosteens, rambutungs, bananas (of multiple variety), unheard of, in any other similar Country, the beli-fruit, which bore the adage “Beli-kanakota, bada-yanawa, Bada-yanakota, beli-kanawa”in Sinhala, or “When you eat beli, your belly discharges, when you THEN eat beli, your belly recharges”, in other words, this “fruit” will help you avoid constipation, but if you keep “stuffing-yourself”, as a lot of Sri Lankans do, all the time, then, this magnificent fruit will help you get constipated, all over again. Where else would you be able to get a fruit of this nature?. What’s more, if you are neither constipated or dehydrated, you can use it’s “hard-nut” outer to bash in the head of any “nut-case” who wishes to harm you or your family. Please don’t quote me, but I was made to believe that the British, who were in Ceylon, used “live-beli-fruit as “Cannon-fodder”. When they weren’t shooting people out of their cannons, wherever possible, they shot the plentiful “Beli-fruit” around them, in order to save their steel cannon balls!!.
I am now feeling less hungry, so here we go again.…
The Saint of the world – AN ANTHONIAN IN PADUA – By Bernard VanCuylenburg
To set the scene for this article I have to commence with a reference to Hypnos, who in Greek and Roman mythology is the God of sleep. His son Morpheus is the God of dreams, but Hypnos and I have never been on amicable terms. For years my patterns of sleep have been fragmented, and many are the nights I have laid awake when sleep evaded me, waiting for dawn’s golden light. I have often wondered if, as boarders at St. Anthony’s College Kandy, the infernal tolling of the bell at the ungodly hour of 5.30 am. to wake us boarders, is in some way to blame for this condition !! A “Sleep in” beyond the sound of the bell was an impossibility !!…
He was a “ray of hope”, at what price ?. Yet another “Star”, of the best music in the World, as far as I am concerned, anyway, His name ?, Ray Price, of course.
Many “rays of hope” in the “Country-World” of America, shone for a while, then faded, to a dull “glow”, only because there were so many aspiring Artistes in that field of music, one had to be “extra-special” not only to “find” a host of “Star-followers”, but, more importantly, to “keep”these “fans” in high pursuit of their ‘Icons”.
“Women first, even to the gallows” was an adage I recall from younger days. Growing up, the names Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and Anita Carter, stood out because of the fact that they always performed perfectly, with their individual “styles” in presenting a “Country- Song”.
Dolly Parton not only stood out on these abilities, she, stood out, on a couple of “extra-points”, and what points, they were!, superb points that kept the “fans” always coming for more, what’s more, they still do!.
My “favourites”, among the “boys” were many and varied. It seemed to me that the “males” always outnumbered the “females” when it came to performing Country Music. In the latter part of the previous millennium, “wanna-be” male Country Stars flocked to places like Nashville in order to get “that Nashville-Sound” that was so very special to ” everyone around. They arrived here, from all over the World.
Many, like Daniel ODonnell came to America to “record” vsrious songs & Albums, from Ireland. They could record in their Home-Countries, of course, but it seemed that the “Nashville Sound”, the “crying pedal-steel guitars”, the “electric-fiddles” &, of course, the “back-up voices” (generally female ones),was something worth travelling many thousands of kilometres for, and so they came, in their droves, to “have a go”, as we say, in Australia.
Writing for eLanka, as I do, I consider myself very fortunate to bring our readers my preference in presenting these music clips, not only of Country Music, but also for the various styles of music, played & sung by “the greats”, many of whom (like Ray Price), have “passed-on” the big “stage in the sky. This “procedure” is still another “first”, for me, in the case of the subject I love. Neither eLanka or “your’s truly” gain any financial benefits from this, whatsoever, as a matter of fact, these “clips” further publicize the songs, etc., that have already had their “first-outing”& good luck to them.
They certainly deserve it. Here then, folks, is the talent of Ray Price in triplicate for you to enjoy.Listen to the Man. Before you know it, you will certainly be still another “fan”.
This will be yet another “Series” for eLanka, by far, the BEST website for Lankan/Aussie ex-patriates + all Country Music Lovers, everywhere.
Hot on the heels of Ray Price, is another confirmed favourite of mine, incidentally, the favourite of millions of Country Music Fans, throughout this planet, the name of George Jones stands out like a beacon, and yet, there was not “much” of this Music Legend, nicknamed “the possum” for this very reason. A “little guy”, huge “rebel” & “Super-Star”, served in the American Marines, making it obvious to those around him, that here was another “classic Country Star, in the making, and proving, beyond doubt that this was the case indeed.
In an Era when there were so many Country Music Geniuses to contend with, it must have been something of a nightmare to try to figure out which songs to record, in order to have a “hit”in the business known as “Country”. American Country Music has always been noted for being far ahead of all others, not because it is BETTER, but simply because it is “better-presented”, has far more ” followers”, perhaps, because, even TODAY, they have more Radio-Stations, State-wide that “play Country-Music 24/7.
At the same time, when “Stars” of the calibre of Gene Watson, another of my top-favourites, was struggling to reach the top rungs of the “Country-ladder” of fame (he was 70 years old, singing like an angel, with the devil on his back), one does tend to wonder what it is all about.
Back to George Jones. He proved that it didn’t matter what size you were, it didn’t matter that you loved your liquor with a vengeance, it didn’t matter how many times you got married (& he was an absolute “sucker for punishment”, God bless him, George Jones went on to prove that, when he died at 82, EVERYONE knew that George Jones, Country Music Star, had passed-on. No more, would the “Possum” have to “ride” on his motorised lawn-mower, into Town, to buy his “drinks”, after the wife, at the time,(2nd time), had to hide the keys of his famous “Corvette”to try and stop George from getting to the liquor store.
Tammy Wynette tried and failed, other wives tried & failed, but the JONES’ BOY always did what he wanted to do, and that was that!.
Here he is, Ladies & Gentlemen, the “Possum” George Jones
The story of the song, it is, and the story of the song, it will remain. One of the most traditional Buddhist “processions” held in “our Island Paradise” every year.
I am really at a loss, as to who “wrote” the “original Sinhala version, don’t even know if it was ever recorded, so decided that “this writer” would give it a go.
This said, I have the utmost respect for Prince Siddehartha Gautama (The Buddha), Here was a Man who could have lived a life of absolute luxury, yet, gave up everything, wealth, “titles”, even himself, as Jesus Christ did, in another Country, much later, to try everything that was humanely possible to do in order to make a sordid Planet Earth, a better place to live in. In so doing, the Buddha attained “Nirvana” just as Christ rose to Heaven on the Sunday, following the tragically sad “Good Friday” .
“The Procession” in Sri Lanka, every August, pays it’s respect to this wonderful Man, who tried to show us the negativity of “life” complete with all the “Human illnesses, the pain & the suffering” every one of us go through during our short stay on Earth. He cast away Regal-Robes, donned the simple ” Saffron” ones to sit under what is now known as the “Sacred Bo-Tree” to meditate on what HE could do, to try & STOP as much of the unnecessary grief we all suffer at one time or another.
I have always loved “reading”, read volumes on the life of The Buddha, still keep reading, whenever I get the chance, & am also privileged and honoured to write the lyrics to “The Procession”. The “Story of the song”, tells it all, my friends.