Stories in Song” Series 2019 –  “I CAN HELP” – By Des Kelly

Born on the 5th day of September,1962,  in Svenstavic, Jamtland (Sweden), just a few months after this Writer had emigrated to Australia. I did not recognize the Name Micke Muster at all, hadn’t heard of him, until very recently, when brother Ian sent me this video-clip on facebook, from Sri Lanka. Where Ian got the clip from, I’ll never know, but suffice to say that my family use this “platform” for “uplifting material” rather than the rubbish presented by individuals who seem to delight in publicising violence like the tragic events that just occured in New Zealand, last week.

     Facebook, or ANY BOOK, should be extremely careful about what publicity is given & to whom, or else this “platform” may well also collapse, like faulty scaffolding one sees all too often, nowadays.

     Apologies for the digression on my part. However, getting back to Micke Muster, here is yet another great Artiste, “a Natural” on the piano, emulating who is the LAST “living legend” of both Rock n Roll & Country Music, as a “Pianner-Player, the great Jerry Lee Lewis, who, also very recently suffered a slight “stroke”, but insists that he will be back, doing his thing, at nearly 4 Score & ten (that’s the “killer” for you), & another little known fact about this Icon is the fact that he never ever plays or sings a song TWICE with the same arrangement. He constantly changes the “song” simply to keep his audiences even more interested in his performance.

  Micke Muster started playing the piano when he was all of 4 years old. According to his parents, Micke was also self-taught and was more or less “copying” Jerry Lee, right from the start. A Boogie Woogie  Wonder, before he was even 6 years old.  When he was 8 years old, his parents moved to the Capital City of the area, Hagalund, in Solna, outside of Stockholm. There, the first problem arose. They did not own a piano, but Micke soon found an answer to that one. He went into the first available music store, found a piano, told the Staff that his parents would pick him up in a few minutes and sat down to play. The staff did not stop him. They were enjoying the free performance.    When he was about 11, his mother introduced him to her record collection, featuring Elvis, the rock n roll King and Micke loved his song, “Love me tender”, but while he loved all the Rock songs, he then went on to love Jerry’s stuff even more, and has never looked back. Once a Jerry Lee fan, always a Jerry Lee fan.

     Ladies & Gentlemen, he looks a little bit like him, he certainly plays like him, he has idolized Jerry Lee, but I am now proud to present Micke Muster, in his own inimitable  style, just for all the readers of eLanka.

Desmond Kelly
  (Editor-in-Chief). — eLanka.

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Stories in Song Series. 2019 – “ON THE OTHER HAND” – By Des Kelly

Randy Travis, born Randy Bruce Traywick born 4th May 1959, American Country singer songwriter guitarist plus actor as well, active since 1978, recorded no less than 20 Studio albums has toured worldwide and married Elizabeth Hatcher; a film producer in 1991 but they parted company in 2010. Liz Hatcher was 20 years older than Randy, actually meeting him when he was still a teenager (17 years old), after a long engagement of 9 years they tied the knot, only to undo it 19 years later in 2010. Liz was the manager of a night club and helped promote her famous husband to Stardom. He then met Mary Beougher & they were engaged in 2010.She was with him when he suffered a massive stroke in 2013, but fought back even after the doctors advised that he should be taken off life support. Mary,  I believe, is still with this great singer. Good luck Randy, here’s hoping that the Almighty will bring you back to good health.

This writer was lucky to see Randy Travis on tour in Melbourne. This was many years ago, of course and much water has flowed under the bridge since then, but, “on the other hand”, Randy has also been voted one of the best Country Singers in his Country and my readers will agree with me when they see this superb Artiste in action on eLanka, quite definitely the best website for all Lankan/Aussies, plus patriots all over this World of ours. Please listen folks, and enjoy Randy Travis.

Desmond Kelly

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“STORIES IN SONG” 2019 Series. – “COUNTRY OLDIES” – By Des Kelly

 Country oldies, but “goodies” I should add, because, here are a “Couple” that both made it to the stage of the old Opry,

as it is fondly known, singly, and as an extremely popular snging duo. Their names, Jeannie Seely, still performing at nearly 79 years of age, and Jack Greene, who sadly passed away in 2013, aged 83. R.I.P. Jack, It was easy to see why these two performers were so very popular. Their voices in harmony were pleasing to hear, even though both of them had performed for many years before they got together to vocalize on a song that is certainly one of my favourites, and after you, my readers, hear it, I am sure that you will love the song too. 

  Quanah Talmadge Tubb, also known simply as Billy Talmadge, wrote the song which was turned into a “hit” by his famous Uncle Ernest Tubb, who was a Texan and quite probably sang this song “on request” more than any other, and Ernest Tubb & his band named the “Texas Troubadours”

did sing many many songs. Unfortunately, Ernest also passed away at 70 years of age, but THIS SONG will live forever, in the hearts & minds of Country Music lovers.

Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you the “Jeannie & Jack” duo, with a couple of great songs that they did together. Please enjoy them. They may have been “oldies” but they are certainly “goodies”, because “COUNTRY” is what MUSIC is about, and I love my music ” Country-Style”.


Desmond Kelly.
 (Editor-in-Chief)– eLanka


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“I WISH YOU WELL” – By Des Kelly

Anyone who has heard about Raul Malo & his backing group “Mavericks” will probably immediately imagine up-tempo music that sets feet tapping, dancing in the aisles, etc., etc., and you wouldn’t be too far wrong, folks, these guys, with Raul as a great “front-man” are a group of superb musicians who know the real meaning of the word “entertainment”, just take a simple song with lyrics that say,

“You’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t,
  damned if you will and damned if you won’t”, these Mavericks perform them with such gusto, it makes you want to listen to the song over & over again.

Most of the songs, fast, slow or in-between, performed by this wonderful group are Commercial to the extreme.
Three or four chords, many with just TWO Major or Minor Chords, make the songs very easy to remember. It’s not the Chords that matter, folks, it is the style in which good Musicians PLAY them, the “feeling” that is incorporated in the hands of truly professional “Masters of Music” that matter. 
     I have just been listening to one of their Albums entitled “Brand New Day”. It convinces me, that no matter what is happening in the World around us,there is NOTHING like Good Music that can help someone like me, to tide-over the frequent bad or sad news that seems to inundate our lives nowadays. I certainly hope that my readers feel the same.
Life goes on, regardless. All the money, power & privileges that engulf some of us, some of the time, (hopefully), still does NOT compare with being able to enjoy good Music.

We must not forget this famous quote.
“Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak”!. Please enjoy some of the “Musical-Moods of the Mavericks”.

Desmond Kelly

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The Birth of the Sri Lanka Navy Band (Source: Island Newspaper)

Once again, personal memories with regard to the above.This writer was already in the Navy, known then as the Royal Ceylon Navy, working in conjunction with the Government Stores, in an effort to get the Navy’s supplies with the minimum of delay. I was a “Supply Assistant”with the official number E635 (signifying the 635th entrant into the Senior Force), shortly before the very first Royal Ceylon Navy Band was formed. Being a musician myself, I could have quite easily joined the Band, but decided that the job I already had was one that suited me fine.

Anyway, I had many friends in the Band as well, George Burdette (Saxophonist) & George Van Cuylenberg R.I.P., who was especially chosen as the Drum Major for the band. He certainly looked the part. Tall, handsome, and handling the “Mace” as though it was a toothpick.

The “article” was a very well written one by Chief Petty Officer Fonseka and eLanka is also grateful for this nteresting “story” via the Sunday Island Newspaper in Lanka. Thank you for the memories.

Desmond Kelly

Desmond Kelly

The Birth of the Sri Lanka Navy Band (Island Newspaper)

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by cpo rjc fonseka (retired musician)

My memory goes back to February 2, 1956 the day 23, of us were signed on with the Royal Ceylon Navy (as it was known then) as trainee musicians with the emphasis on establishing a permanent band. According to knowledgeable sources this was the brainchild of the late Rear Admiral Royce de Mel, Captain of the Navy at the time. Routine work finalized we were drafted to RCYN (Royal Ceylon Yeoman’s Navy) Rangala, the Naval base that was located at Diyatalawa for our relevant training.

The moment we set foot on this soil, the instructors at Rangala lost no time in taking charge of us and our Naval basic training commenced right on schedule. After a hectic and interesting period of three months we successfully passed out as recruits to the relief of all concerned.

Thereafter 10 other sailors from the seamen branch who had opted to change their branch also joined us as band trainees. Altogether we were placed at the disposal of the two lecturers from the Royal Marine School of Music in the United Kingdom, who had already joined the staff at Rangala to fulfill their assignment with the Royal Ceylon Navy. In overall command was Band Master J H Reynolds, training of the buglers, drummers and bag pipers came under the purview of Bugle Major E. G. Close guiding us on various drill movements and the selection and the selection of a suitable candidate as the prospective Drum Major was also vested with Bugle Major Close. The eagle eyes of Major Close spotted in trainee musician G. V. E. Vancuylenburg as a Drum Major in the making and promptly selected him for the post.

All on board the ship set sail on its maiden voyage with Reynolds as Captain and Reic Close as Navigating Officer. Initially it was familiarization methods of blowing and maintenance of musical instruments. Thereafter we learned theory of music. Once we were thorough with all these, the allocation of instruments which by then had arrived from the United Kingdom was completed. We were first made to blow single long notes. Gradually we were trained to play scales, Arpeggio movements and simple tunes.


Our practices were conducted in the open air under the Cyprus trees. By this time the misty atmosphere in and around the entire base was filled with the menacing sounds produced by the brass instruments and the drums.This may have caused a headache to some and a welcome change for others. Undeterred, we continued with our practices. Two months later we were able to play the March on The Quarter Deck most appropriately selected by Band Master Reynolds and parade up and down the training ground as a band to the amusement of all around us. Our gritty determination, enthusiasm and quest to learn more bettered our playing standard and within one and a half years were able to perform like mature artists.

The confidence of both Reynolds and Major Close had in us increased further when they found that we had gained control of our instruments and were playing with much more authority. Immediately Jim and Eric (as they were so fondly known) took steps to teach us the advanced techniques of playing and soon we were performing like maestros. A happy and contented Reynolds who by then had the trumps in his hands was prepared to place before the Navy a fully fledged Band. The next thing we knew was that Band Master Reynolds had flashed the green light to Naval Headquarters. Before long we were back in Colombo ready to deliver the goods.

Accomodation was found for us in a building facing the sea along Marine Drive(now Chaithiya Road) in close proximity to NHQ and there we settled down. Then plans got under way to present our inaugural public performance.

One morning on a working day the Ceremonial Band dressed in blue drill order mustered opposite the Baur’s Flats spearheaded by Bandmaster Reynolds and flanked on either sides by Bugle Major E. G. Close and Drum Major G.V.E. Vancuylenburg elegantly attired in their respective uniforms. After a customary inspection of the band, Bugle Major Eric Close executed the word of command “forward march.” Immediately we got off to a thunderous start to the roaring sounds of the drums and playing martial music marched along the streets of Colombo Fort taking everyone by surprise. Pandemonium prevailed in the heart of town. Traffic came to a sudden halt as the enthusiastic public crowded on either side of the roads to get a glimpse of what was going on.

Unperturbed we kept on marching blowing our hearts out to the continuous applause of the masses. All eyes were on both Major Close and Drum Major Vancuylenburg who kept the crowd spellbound by their fantastic artistry with the Maces they were carrying with them. Finally we ended our triumphant route march at Naval Headquarters to the strains of the Band playing the ever popular march “Colonel Bogey on Parade”

NB: CPO R. J. C. Fonseka a fine musician passed away a few years ago but up to the age of 90. He never forgot his music and remembered many verses to songs and music taught to him from those times. He and George Vancuylenburg remained close friends to the end.

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“PELL”S APPEAL” – By Des Kelly

So, after quite a “spell”, a final appeal from the lawyers of Cardinal George Pell will be heard, to determine whether the highest rating “Catholic Cardinal” in Australia IS guilty, (he still denies the charges), and everyone knows that the Legal-System in Australia is a long, drawn out affair, but, after this appeal is heard and if it fails, then Cardinal Pell would possibly be sentenced to a term in prison, a huge “come-down” from the Vatican in Rome, where he was the third top-ranked Official of the Church, and could have possibly ended up as the Pope in a few years time, such was his standing there.

 While it is still a shock to the system, my view would always be that child-child-molestation is rampant everywhere, not just in the Catholic Church. Still, it is far worse when innocent children are molested sexually or otherwise, in places where molestation is least expected, by persons who are supposed to “look-after their young charges even more than their own parents do, sometimes.

 Of the two choir boys who were alleged to have been molested by Cardinal George Pell, one has sadly, already passed-on, so now, it is the testimony of a sexually molested boy (now a man), against Cardinal Pell. That is the Law of this Country. Innocent until proven guilty (Appeals included). Media, of course, are forced to make a “scoop” of a case like this for reasons that I would not even bother to explain. All the turmoil going on in the rest of the World is NOTHING!!, compared with what is happening locally, so now Cardinal Pell, the Catholic Church and even  the Pope is involved in this sordid crime. 

 For what it is worth, after being proven guilty beyond the shadow of a doubt, ANYONE who has molested a child or children should be incarcerated for life. Many of these innocents have committed suicide after realizing what has happened to them. Any man or woman (of the cloth), should be defrocked immediately, and then be sent to jail for a long, long time, and this includes persons who have acted a shields for paedophiles. They are accessories, and should not be treated any less firmly, by the Judges and the Justice system. It is NOT going to stop, but it will slow  down these morbid, satanic criminals when the realize that sooner or later, they will be caught and have to face the consequences for their sick crimes. 

Desmond Kelly.
 (Editor-in-Chief).  – eLanka.

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A book written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a Russian Author in 1866 was a novel that was considered a very “goodread”, however, Australia, this Island Continent that so many of us now call home, was actually “born”  around the time Fyodor wrote his book, although the actual history of this huge block of Land is around sixty thousand years old, and the Aborigines lived here then, went “walkabout” quite happily, before the White-man came in, to ruin everything for them, or so they (the Aborigines), claim.

   However, my “History” of Australia will have to come later, as I concentrate on the Crime & Punishment question in this fair, (or is it unfair Land) ?. The latest news is about this Nutcase who drove a car around the Melbourne C.B.D., purposely killing six people, including a baby, gets arrested, goes to Court and is given six  separate “life-sentences”, one for each of the poor victims he killed, giving each of them a “death-sentence”, for life, in doing so. 

A long time ago, when I was a boy, there used to be a song my dad sang, the first verse of which had lyrics like this:-

“The Courtroom was crowded, the Judge entered there,

 The prisoner was crying, as he faced “the chair”

 The sentence was sharp, folks, it cut like a knife,

  For ninety nine years, folks, that’s almost for life”!.

 I thought about this song and found myself thinking once again, about the Archaic Laws of Modern Australia. I have not studied law, actually feel pity for some of the Judges here, who are forced to hand out sentences like this one, where this murderer  may still be able to walk out of prison, aged 75, + after being given 6 Life Sentences. It certainly does not make any sense to me. Forty six years, nowadays, is akin to half a lifetime, long, though it may be, but where does the recognition of the terrible sadness of all the loved ones of the six victims come in ?. Naturally, they wonder that if one of these innocent victims was related to this Judge, would the Sentence be even slightly sharper ?. The sentence (according to the law)was ONLY 46 years. HOW could this relate to SIX LIFE SENTENCES, I’ll never know.

He may make any excuse under the sun, but nobody FORCED him to drug himself, then drive his car directly at people walking around a Street in Melbourne (or anywhere else, for that matter), & to make bad matters worse, he was on bail, when he did it, making me believe that ” bail-justice” is as useless as “teats on a bull”.  If PROVEN guilty of crimes like MURDER (fullstop)!,a criminal should serve a Life Sentence (for the term of his/her natural life, NO BAIL, NO PAROLE, NO BULLCRAP,  WITH HARD LABOUR, without the “Hotel-Service” they get in Australian jails, and if they are found to be mentally insane, locked up in a REAL asylum for life. Treated, if need be, but still locked up, permanently.

Australia is still not Archaic, although their Law-System certainly appears to be, it is high time these laws are changed, criminals adequately punished, and VICTIMS not victimised even more than they have already been.

 My “music-clip” today is especially for the loved ones of the victims of this horrible crime. We, at eLanka send our sincere condolences to each & every one of you, and may the ones senselessly slain, now Rest in Peace.

Desmond Kelly.

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This was one of my first original compositions.(both lyrics & music), could be sung by either male or female, (preferably male), it could also be sung in harmony, as a duet, and is a simple, yet beautiful “Country-Style Song”.


 “Another year ago, today.”

Another year has come & gone
Since the day our love was born
Though to me, it seems, not very long ago
We’ve had good times, we’ve had bad
Sometimes happy, sometimes sad
But thru every passing day, I’ve loved you so

We’ve had many bitter tears
We’ve had many sudden fears
So many times we thought our love could never be
But thru every joy & tear, love has made it pretty clear
All this means, that you were only meant for me

            Musical Interlude (then, a semitone higher)

There were times we had to part
And it made the teardrops start
There were times when we were close, yet far away
But these were just a few bad dreams
And, right now, to me it seems
You are in my heart, & there, you’ll always stay.

Yes, you are in my heart, and there, you’ll always stay.


Desmond Kelly

Lyrics & Music by Desmond Kelly.

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One of my earlier original compositions, lyrics & music, that unfortunately, has still not been recorded. My lyrics, here for your perusal, my “music” still available, through eLanka, for a male vocalist (of my choice), who can sing “Country” The tune is simple, but commercial, just like the two “hits” I have chosen for my readers. Anyone interested in recording a good Country song should contact eLanka, and there are plenty more to come. My friends, I am proud to say that I have written nearly a 100 songs (including lyrics & music) for both male & female Artistes.

The “lyrics” to these songs will be publicised in my “stories” for this website of which I remain the Editor.

It will then be your choice, guys or gals, to pick up an Original Composition which would then start you off, hopefully, on your recording career, WITHOUT performing songs that have already been made famous by Stars such as Buddy Holly & Roy Orbison.

My songs include Country Ballads, R & B songs, Folk songs, Latin American songs, of various, changeable tempos, danceable numbers, but mainly songs that are extremely “Commercial”, depending on how well they are recorded, of course. With today’s top-class instruments bands, updated “sounds”, etcetera, both in Australia, and Sri Lanka, these songs of mine should be an asset to anyone interested. Please read this example of my lyric-writing and enjoy the you-tube “Clips” I have chosen for you. Of course, folks, both songs are relevant to “The Right To Dream”

Desmond Kelly
Desmond Kelly.

(Editor-in-Chief) – eLanka.



My friends all tell me I’m a fool
To be in love with you
But they don’t know how much I’ve tried
To care for someone new
I’ll always be behind you, foolishly as it may seem
If ir’s only to remind you
That I’ve got a right to dream


I’ve got a right to dream
That you’ll come back to me someday
I’ll just go on pretending that
You never went away
And if someday on your finger, dear
A wedding ring may gleam
I’ll be in the background at the church
Cause I’ve got a right to dream

I know it’s useless to recall
The happy hours we knew
Those memories, however small
Help me feel I’m close to you
My hopes were washed away
Like little pebbles in a sream
But whatever might have happened
I’ve still got a right to dream

CHORUS (to end song-repeat final 2 lines).


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“RUN, RABBIT, RUN” – BY Des Kelly

This is a rather long, but true story. Now & again, our Aussie mates (pronounced mites), hear these rather sad stories in the local pub, then come out, rather late each morning to retell them to their mites at smoko, (oh, I hope I spelt that right). Anyway here goes.

Desmond Kelly

By Des Kelly
Editor in Chief
Star of eLanka

Rabbit for Breakfast

A rabbit walks into a pub and says to the barman, ” Can I have a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please ? ” 

The barman is amazed, but gives the rabbit a pint of beer and a ham and cheese toastie.. 

The rabbit drinks the beer and eats the toastie. He then leaves.The following night the rabbit returns and again asks for a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie. The barman, now intrigued by the rabbit and the extra drinkers in the pub, (because word gets round), gives the rabbit the pint and the Toastie. The rabbit consumes them and leaves.

The next night, the pub is packed. 
In walks the rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman.’ 

The crowd is hushed as the barman gives the rabbit his pint and toastie, and then burst into applause as the rabbit wolfs them down

The next night there is standing room only in the pub. 

Coaches have been laid on for the crowds of patrons attending.

The barman is making more money in one week than he did all last year 

In walks the rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman, 

The barman says, ‘I’m sorry rabbit, old mate, old mucker, but we are right out of them Ham and Cheese Toasties…’ 

The rabbit looks aghast. 

The crowd has quietened to almost a whisper, when the barman clears his throat nervously and says, ‘We do have a very nice Cheese and Onion Toastie.’

The rabbit looks him in the eye and says, ‘Are you sure I will like it.’

The masses’ bated breath is ear shatteringly silent… 

The barman, with a roguish smile says, ‘Do you think that I would let down one of my best friends. I know you’ll love it.’ ‘Ok,’ says the rabbit, ‘I’ll have a pint of beer and a Cheese and Onion Toastie.’ The pub erupts with glee as the rabbit quaffs the beer and guzzles the toastie. 

He then waves to the crowd and leaves….


One year later, in the now impoverished public house, the barman, (who has only served 4 drinks tonight, 3 of which were his), calls time.

When he is cleaning down the now empty bar, he sees a small white form, floating above the bar.. 

The barman says, ‘Who are you?’, 

To which he is answered, 

‘I am the ghost of the rabbit that used to frequent your public house.’

The barman says, ‘I remember you. You made me famous. 

You would come in every night and have a pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie. Masses came to see you and this place was famous.’The rabbit says, ‘Yes I know..’ The barman said, ‘I remember, on your last night we didn’t have any Ham and Cheese Toasties. You had a Cheese and Onion one instead.’

The rabbit said, ‘Yes, you promised me that I would love it..

The barman said, ‘You never came back, what happened?’

‘I DIED’, said the rabbit. 

‘NO!’ said the barman. ‘What from?’

After a short pause, the rabbit said…


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