Monday, February 22, 2016

Musical Monday

I am sure River's Musical Monday won't be as serious as this one. 

I have long been an admirer of Tim Minchin. He is a very clever lyricist and performer, along with also being a comedian. He was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to compose and write the lyrics for the musical Matilda and a fine job he did too.


Tim's latest effort is a musical plea to Cardinal George Pell (once Archbishop of Melbourne and then Sydney) to return to his former area of Ballarat to answer questions about any involvement he may have had in covering up, ignoring or hushing up pedophile priest activity in this area. Pell was called to Rome to fulfill the role of Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy and has cited ill health as the reason for not returning to Australia. A cynic might suggest Rome knew that matters would become unpleasant for Pell and better that he was called to Rome. Later: Things might be worse than we thought with Victoria Police spending a year investigating accusations that Cardinal Pell was himself a pedo.

Here is Tim Minchin's musical piece. There is some swearing but it is not too bad. 4:50


28 comments:

  1. I LOVE this. Since a friend sent it to me a few days ago I have been playing it often.
    It is brilliant. And expresses what so many of us think. And each time I listen I smile through tears.

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    1. PS: I also love that any money raised from this clip is going towards sending survivors to the Vatican to hear his testimony there.

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    2. EC, I should have pointed out about what the funds were being used for. Thanks.

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  2. wow I love this song is great

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    1. Terrific, Gosia. I hope you understand the meaning of it all.

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  3. This is the first time I've heard the whole song, it's says it all, I sure if I was needed as a witness to anything and lived in another country to anything no excuse would be accepted so why should it be for him and what has he got to hide.
    Merle......................

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    1. Indeed Merle, what does he have to hide?

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  4. The song has a catchy tune and I've watched it several times on YouTube.
    We only know what we are told regarding 'his health' in coming to Ballarat - would be good if we could see for ourselves.
    Pedophiles are a real problem in many religions.
    We just had a trial for one/s in the Anglican Church.

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    1. Margaret, I think he just does not want to ever be in Australia again, for his own reasons.

      Does religion encourage pedos or are pedos attracted to religion?

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    2. Good question Andrew.
      I believe many pedophiles 'hide' beyond something, usually where young children are involved. It's not always Religion either, but it may well be in so many cases.

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  5. I remember Cardinal Pell very well from the time when he had left Ballarat and was working in Melbourne (1980s).

    As it happens, I was at that stage working in a very large Child Maltreatment Service run by the state government. We were working extremely hard back then to close down abusive children's facilities run by church agencies like the Salvation Army. But no-one believed that these "wonderful people who were dedicating their lives to make orphans and wards of the state a bit happier"... could be into the knickers of vulnerable 10 year olds :(

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    1. Hels, that is exactly what it is all about. Thanks for your efforts and sorry that people did not listen.

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  6. Damn... I forgot to say that at least two famous tv hosts in children's programmes were even worse.

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    1. I remember one of them, whose show we always wanted to be home to see when we were kids.

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  7. The song certainly is very direct. And I don't believe, even for one minute, that Pell is too ill to travel. Send the Flying Doctor for him. He needs to face the music.

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    1. River, maybe his reluctance is about what he may have done himself?

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  8. I couldn't listen all the way through, sorry.

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    1. Cranky, it is challenging. Minchin adds to the publicity about terrible wrongs.

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    2. I agree Andrew, and am glad he made the song, just couldn't listen.

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  9. I heard it a few days ago Andrew, he's very talented is Mr Mitchell.. sometimes you have to wonder what the world is coming to, makes me tres sad when I think there are people in the world who are so wicked in so many ways!

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    1. Grace, are there less wicked people in the world than when these Australian crimes were committed? Possibly here, but I am not sure.

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  10. Never heard of him !

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    1. Gattina, no real reason why you have. He is well known here though.

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  11. Greetings. What you did is why I've never wanted a blog:
    I might be tempted to censor dissenting opinion.

    Adios.

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    1. RH, it is not about dissenting opinion, but about inappropriate rudeness. You can dislike someone and in my blog, you are free to express that. But I don't like rudeness and name calling.

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  12. You don't like rudeness and name calling - from me, but think it's wonderful for Minchen to call another man scum? Come on now, my comment was very appropriate.
    It's all about occasion. RH is always appropriate. Or he'd have got bumped by now.

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  13. I've tried to send these comments to you by email, because they're private, but the emails keep bouncing.
    I think you're acting out a lifestyle above your class, you should note where you've come from and operate from there, like I do.

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  14. Great blog Andrew. I like Tim's music ,(new to me),i will investigate further.Regards , Tony Z.

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