“GUITARISTS EXTRAORDINAIRE” – By Des Kelly

An extraordinary instrument, the guitar, sounds extraordinary, when in the hands of an extraordinarily fine guitarist, however, as it has always been my endeavour to give the Members & Readers of eLanka only the very best as far as music is concerned, I am now very proud indeed, to introduce TWO of the BEST Guitarists in the World, as they had been in their particular era, namely LES. PAUL & CHET. ATKINS. They have both now passed-on, of course, and even though the finest guitarists today will also tell you, good people, it would be extremely difficult to find someone to equal the “techniques” of either Les, or Chet., period, no-one could beat their style, either playing solo, as a duo, in a group, or, even with a full Orchestral backing. 

 As if to “add icing to the cake”, Les Paul found a partner in Mary Ford, a lady with a sweet “natural voice” (as you will hear), to enhance his guitar-picking, and they made many great “albums” together. 

These songs that I have picked out, are very special, unforgettable ones, from the 40’s & 50’s, featuring Les Paul and Mary Ford, and, much later on, Les. got together with Chet. for a “jam” together, and I have to ask my readers to bear with me (& them), as there was a deal of “fine tuning” , before these two Icons began playing their guitars. 

As far as I am concerned, please listen to “the very BEST”.

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

 

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CHRISTIANITY ON T.V. by Des Kelly ‘the Star of eLanka”

Easter tidings are almost upon us. Another long-weekend “holiday” in Australia, our “adopted” Country, is just about due. Recently, also, I have been very critical about the “content” offered to “free-t.v. viewers, myself included, BUT, most of the “articles” I write nowadays are actually based on television programmes that have “caught my attention”, written of course, especially for Lankan/Australians, here & there, and everywhere, as a matter of fact. Everyone who is “Internet-savvy” IS able to read, and hopefully COMMENT, “on-line”, (e’Lanka) is my choice, as the obvious & best website available, right at the moment, but, for “older Lankans” & others who know of no other “nets” but the mosquito, fishing, or hair-net ones, our Melbourne-based Sri Lankan Newspaper, the Lanka Times, is always available if anyone wishes to look for it. One way, or the other, Lankan/Aussies, will be able to keep abreast of what is happening around the World, a World, unfortunately, now, in a turmoil that only GOD will eventually be able to “fix”.

This gets me back to “CHRISTIANITY ON T.V” . Firstly, let me STRESS, the fact that Australia is a CHRISTIAN-COUNTRY. We believe, or SHOULD, in the ONE GOD, who sent his Son JESUS CHRIST down to Earth to suffer & finally die on a wooden cross, on a hill at Calvary, for US, because, every one of us is a SINNER, (show me the person who says that they are sinless, and I will simply tell them ” go, look at yourself in a mirror and the mirror will tell you that you are a liar.! ), only GOD KNOWS that all of us need to be “saved.”The Miracle-Saviour” was His Son who died on “Good-Friday”, rose from the dead & was resurrected on the following Easter Sunday. Even though all of this did happen, old SATAN came back to RULE & RULE, & he does, winning many a “battle”, only to LOSE THE WAR itself, with the “second-coming” of Christ, as ordered by God, the Father, in the near future (hopefully). This will be the FINAL ARMAGEDDON, because, as this “mere-mortal” has always imagined God to be on prolonged “annual-leave”, HE hasn’t, of course, but, even “THE LORD” GOD must be getting fed-up the present situation on Earth. As the saying goes, “too much of anything, is good for nothing”.

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MR MUSIC – DESMOND KELLY
Especially for you – Volumes 1 & 2 – CDs out now!

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Listen to a few songs from The Album “Especially for you – Volume 1” below:

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“Especially for you” my friends & fans everywhere, proudly presented by eLanka & “your’s truly”, a series of CDs featuring songs I have hand-picked from the hundreds I have sung, composed & recorded over all these years. Each “single” CD contains at least 20 songs. Additional ones are just a bonus.
     The songs, with the exception of my own original compositions, have been chosen by me to pay tribute to the various “greats” who have prerecorded them, & will be considered to be “covers”.
     There will be a “first come, first served”basis on this particular “series”as each one will be a strictly-limited edition, especially for those who wish to have this special CD in their collection. Again, through the kind auspices of eLanka, the “original” website for all Lankans & Lankan-Aussies, these CDs  will be featured on a special “eLanka You-Tube” channel.
My original compositions will also be featured as “itunes” for those who wish to purchase just the one “tune” that they prefer.

     All of the good people who read eLanka should know that I am a Roman Catholic. In name only,  unfortunately, but my taste in music is also Catholic.
Again, being a perfectionist of sorts, I have always done my very best to “entertain”  my audiences whenever & wherever. That was EVERYTHING to me.
Now, this is all I can do and my music is mainly to bring back “memories” for everyone who takes the time to relax, sit back & “think-back” because every living soul does have memories that are precious to them & GOOD MUSIC is the best way of achieving this.

       In closing, I would like to thank everyone connected with this particular “series” of my work. I am proud indeed, to be a Lankan-Aussie, proud & humbled at the same time, to be the “Star of eLanka” & the Editor of Lanka Times & proud to be referred to as “Mr.Music”
None of the “titles” were self-awarded. NONE of us can do what we do without God’s help. Without GOD, we are nothing. If you want a copy of any of these CDs folks, please call me on 03-8-759-1932 (or email me dkelly2u@gmail.com ) & let’s take it from there. All these songs are ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.

                                                                Desmond Kelly.
                                                               “Star of eLanka”


“Mr.Music” – Desmond Kelly’s latest musical endeavour is now available, especially for lovers of good “Country Music” that will bring back “memories that matter”, including original compositions, some of which will be heard & enjoyed for the first time.

The CDs, proudly presented by e’Lanka, Australia’s Premier Website for Lankan/Aussies everywhere will all be produced under the apt “title” Especially for You, starting with Volumes 1 & 2, each containing at least 20 great songs, vocal & instrumental,

from a huge repertoire, sung & played by Des., everywhere. With the exception of the Original Compositions, the “rest” are simply “Covers” and or “tributes” to various entertainers.

For more information on the above, which will also be featured on a special “e’Lanka You-Tube Channel”, comprising only “Des Kelly’s e’Lanka Recordings”, please contact Neil Jayasekera (neil@eLanka.com.au 0402 905275 ) or Desmond Kelly  :- E’mail : dkelly2U@gmail.com (or Tel.03-8-759-1932.

Copies of these CDs will be strictly restricted, so please be early. “First come, first served”. 

Victor Melder

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“HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN” by Des Kelly “the Star of eLanka”

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Another great old song, sung with gusto in the halcyon days of the 1950’s as I remember them, “the skies above are clear again”, yes, clear, they were, especially in the Ceylon I knew, even though we were certainly not affluent and could only afford about two and a half rupees for a good ” thosai” feed washed down with a” kiri-kopi”as only the odd Thumby could produce, at a “famous” thosai-joint” in Bambalapitiya, then have a “smoke” of a rather expensive cigarette with the name “Capstan Navy-Cut”, or, perhaps, even a ” Black & White” or “Abdullah”(a flat cigarette, perhaps because the “Tins” were flattened at the Colombo Harbour), “pinched” by my good friend & Peterite David Swan(God rest his soul, IF, he has passed-away, as I am given to understand), from his Pater, who was a Judge in Ceylon and could afford cigarettes of this calibre. David was his one & only Son, but the good Judge (or Mrs.Swan, to be exact), had about six or seven daughters as well, all very beautiful and talented. One was an excellent “typewriter” who could “do” around 80 words a minute. I frequented David’s place(which ended up as a “photograph-studio” right opposite Lorensz Road), mainly, to listen to his “records”on his beautiful radiogram, while, at the same time, “cap” some of the beautiful girls around me, as well! Oh, I remember the name of the photographic Studio now. It was “Studio Lekha” and Rosemary would have made an excellent “first Model” for the place. “Let us sing a song of cheer again”, tell me, what else could it be? , a good friend, who was a “Peterite”, who had both beautiful music records as well as beautiful sisters, great thosais, samball, milk-coffee, plus free cigarettes, this is why I sing “Happy days are here again”.

“All together, shout it now”, Yes, Desmond Kelly, David Swan, Dennis Roberts, another fine “Singer” who was recognized as the “carbon-copy” of Frank Sinatra ( if you closed your eyes, you heard Sinatra), who also happened to be my “prayer-monitor” in “Junior “D”, which had the rather dubious reputation of being the worst “form” at St.Peter’s College, where “your’s truly” had the distinct reputation of being the “Monitor”, Carl Jansz, (R.I.P.), who used to “climb” the coconut trees in the “Kochie-garden”, next to Lorensz Road, in order to pluck some coconuts so we could sell them to the various “tenants” of the “tenement- row” in Lorensz Road, and go “to the pictures”, Ian Kelly, my worthy younger brother who thought he could sing, but, as a “singer”, he made a very good swimmer & one or two others that a certain blog-writer Omitted completely from his “blog”(for reasons only known to himself), but, which I can confirm, the fact that he knew absolutely nothing about the real Bambalawatta Boys” This “blog-writer” also claims that he knew Maureen Hingert, the beauty-queen who “put Ceylon on the map”, so to speak. No-one knew “Neliya Hingert”, as I did, Mr.Blog-Writer, so, put that in your pipe and smoke it.! ” There’s no-one who can doubt it now”, Self-explanatory, without a doubt.

” Let us sing a song about it now”, of course, World-War 2 was over, Mr.Hitler had tried to “bite off much more than he could chew”& ended up, “biting the bullet”, himself, Ceylon, beautiful, herself, strategic, and being “eyed” by all and sundry, for the Island she was, still “ruled” by Britain, but enjoying the true peace that “My Lovely Island Home” deserved, yes, at nearly fifteen years of age, without a penny in my hand but also without a care in the World, I could truly sing,
“Happy days are here again”. To continue the song :-

“My cares & troubles are gone
                 there’ll be no more from now on”

How wrong can anyone be? We can only hope that
“Happy days WILL be here again” DISCIPLINE will rule,
“The skies above WILL be clear again” “CLIMATE CHANGE” will be taken seriously.
” We WILL sing a song of cheer again” No SAD-SONGS.
“Happy days WILL be here again” So be it !!.

Desmond Kelly.
“Star of eLanka”.

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DOCTOR KILL OR CURE (Revisited) – by  Desmond Kelly  “Star of eLanka”

    Seriously speaking, We Lankans, especially, seem to get a lot of headaches for one reason or the other.
If we are married,heterosexually, our “partners” are generally to blame. Homosexually, I haven’t a clue because I have never been married in that fashion but.
As I have said, and “written” before, I live in a Suburb called Hampton Park in Melbourne, Victoria.. Just a few kilometres away, there lies another little Suburb named Noble Park & here reside a very good percentage of Lankan/Aussies. If,  for any reason whatsoever, I was to use my catapult and fire a stone into the nobility of THAT PARK, it would land on the head of a Sri Lankan & that Sri Lankan would have Diabetes. The main reason for this is simply because Lankans LOVE chocolate. I do, too, and am supposed to be a “border-line” case of diabetes who should keep away from these bloody chocolates as well, but don’t.I only have 8 little squares daily, anyway.

     Then, there is “Blood-Pressure” & 90% of Lankans have that medical condition to battle with. It is too late for the balance 10%. They are in a “better place”, now, hopefully, When I go there, someday soon, I think I would be very happy, but somewhat lonely, because I think that most of my “other friends” will be somewhere else!.You don’t know these other friends of mine so do not try to “argue the toss” with me.
Then, of course, there is “Acidity” & “Flatulence”.

Unfortunately, these maladies are generally caused by Politicians & certain people we see on television. Now, with the big “Election” (in China, they call it “erection),
coming up in America, there is a really good cause for the two latter illnesses & it doesn’t matter who “trumps” in the finish. I have lived on this Planet for 80 long years  and have yet to see more annoying, puerile “debates” from supposedly hopeful leaders of the World. I am certain that, even with their “big erections”,
Chinese debates would be better to “listen-to” even if you didn’t talk the language.

     Now, getting really SERIOUS about all the unfortunate diseases all around us, a little bit of helpful advice would not go astray. In this instance, Doctor Kill or Cure ( and there a few of these around, too ), will forget about medications that could possibly cause so many “side-effects”, “natural therapies” might be a much better option, hopefully, so here they are, readers. If it “works” for you, good luck, if it doesn’t, “We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I’m sure we’ll meet again, some sunny day” DON’T BUY IT, JUST TRY IT!. O.K? .

 

 

 

 

 

Desmond Kelly

Star of eLanka

(Editor-in-Chief).

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STRIFE OF THE SRI LANKAN HOUSEWIFE

How many times have we heard “stories” like this? !!

“My biscuits were too hard
Not like HIS Mother used to make
He did’nt like my curries
Or even the love-cake
The coffee was’nt brewed right
Nor was HIS herbal-tea
The buriyani was “not nice”
Nor was the mulligatawny
Shirt-buttons “missed” the button-hole
Tie knotted on askew
I did’nt mend his socks
Just like HIS Mother used to do”
I stood there, quite dumbfounded
While HE kept finding fault
“The eggs are NOT boiled right
Where IS the pepper & the salt”?
“I think I’m getting tired” I said
“I’m going to take a nap
Can’t blame your Mum for giving you
A thundering bloody slap
You’re just a great big grumble-bum
Who knows sweet bugger-all
And you can go and get your sleep
On the couch, out in the hall”
I’ve heard this lament, many times
It cuts just like a knife
When made by other women-kind
But certainly NOT my wife
Everything I’ve said above is true
I’m sure you will agree
The strife of many Lankan wives
Make them clamour to be free!

          Desmond Kelly. K.F.C. (Star of eLanka)
K.F.C. (Not an award, simply “Kelly From Colombo”)

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“FICKLE LOVE-STORIES”

As we go through life, there are many of them.
I was of the “age” when “same-sex” marriages were not even heard of. For us, it was simply boy loves girl and vice-versa. Everything was wonderful. Yet, when
I started to write my songs, I knew, from personal experience, that these “love-stories” could sometimes be fickle. So, this is why I wrote songs like :-

                          “TEACH ME TO LOVE YOU”
                       (Latin Bolero/Swing Tempo).

Teach me to love you, teach me all I need know
Show me the meaning of that sweet word “amor”
Give me a lesson on what’s wrong and what’s right
Teach me to love you, teach me tonight

Come on, (“swing”) & teach me to kiss you
teach me to squeeze you
teach me to hold you close
 then, someday, teacher
 we’ll see a preacher
might well be tomorrow
who knows?
(back to bolero)
I’m your star-pupil, and you bet, I’ll be bright
Teach me to love you, teach me tonight
Teach me, my darling, teach me, tonight.

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QUANDARY? , QUANDA (18/7/16) QUONDO QUONDO! 

  Already, from what I did read read on ELanka, on Tuesday the 19th of July, 2016, our electronic medium is fairly “buzzing” with the “news” about Senator-elect Pauline Hanson, her “One-Nation” Political Party & her strong views on what should be “good” for Australia in the FUTURE. Pauline Hanson is certainly no “rookie” in the game of Politics. She has been “around” for a couple of decades at least, always has had the visible courage of her convictions and does not hesitate to “air” them whenever & wherever possible. Because of these “convictions” , no matter what we think, CREDIT is due to both Pauline & her “Political-Partner” Derryn Hinch for speaking their minds out, no matter what!!,  and I certainly admire them both for this.

Social bloody Media tripled, is what is going to make a huge friggin difference to our lives in Australia, going forward and I need not elaborate on this any further than the recent General Election we have just been through.”Aunty ” A.B.C.” has been a boon, and  none too soon, poetically speaking, in giving  the “Public” the full gamut of necessary T.V.viewing to keep us all ‘informed” of what goes on both here in Oz & around the World, QUANDA is a television production of which we should be proud, and, if I may say so, “eLanka” for us Lankans in Australia,  especially, is “the way to go” if you want to be “in the know”. It is indeed a pleasure for this “octogenerian” to be “writing” for both The Lanka Times & more recently, for what I feel, is our Sri Lanka’s top “Electronic-Medium” eLanka (for Lankans “down-under”.  . I have always been, am now, and always will be,  a very proud “Sri Lankan/Australian”.

To get down to my story for you without any more ado,

     I had a strong feeling that this particular QUANDA

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     Most of the songs I have “written & composed” have been “love-songs”. This stems from the era in which they were written, the 50’s & 60’s. They were the years when “Love was in the air”. They were the songs that were written when, instead of violence, romance was paramount, in every sense of the word. Of course, love-stories did not always end with the “happily ever after” theme. Sometimes, as in my case, I ended up :-

                   “BACK, WHERE I STARTED, AGAIN”.

I’ve tried counting sheep, but I just can’t sleep
I’m back, where I started, again
As time passes by, like a faraway sigh
The breeze seems to whisper your name
My life had been lonely, until I met you
Then,nothing else mattered, my dreams had come true
Now you’ve said goodbye, & I was to blame
So, I’m back, where I started, again.

I want you to know, wherever you go
That I’m back, where I started, again
I’d give all I own, to have you back home
Without you, life won’t be the same
My arms had been empty, till you came my way
You made me so happy, love, had come to stay
Now you’ve said goodbye, cos I played a game
And, I’m back, where I started
So blue and down-hearted
I’m back, where I started, again
Back, where I started, again.

               Lyrics & Music by Desmond Kelly.

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Desmond Kelly

the Songwriter

When I was born in “My lovely Island Home”, as I always refer to her (all beautiful things are referred to, in the feminine gender), Lanka was known as Ceylon. As a “song-writer”, I cannot think of a better way to introduce myself than with a “Calypso” I wrote for her, many “moons” ago. Hope you like it, my friends.

CALYPSO D/CEYLON

THE MANY STAGES OF A WOMAN

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN

ESPECIALLY FOR MY ELANKA READERS

REMINISCE WITH ME

AS LIGHTNING IS FOLLOWED BY THUNDER ELANKA’S FOR “LANKANS DOWN UNDER”

A COUNTRY ANNIVERSARY

SWEETER THAN SPRINGTIME

BACK, WHERE I STARTED, AGAIN

A BEAUTIFUL DAWN

FICKLE LOVE-STORIES

DEFYING GRAVITY/THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG

EDELWEISS

THE BALLAD OF MARY-ROSE by DK “the Star of elanka!”

IS THERE ANYTHING AS NICE

AGAIN, & YET AGAIN

OF ALL THE FOOLISH THINGS I’VE DONE

STRANGE LOVE

THE REASON BEING

OUR ANNIVERSARY

MEMORIES

Call Me

NO-ONE NEED EVER KNOW

A RIGHT TO DREAM

THE INTERNATIONAL SONG OF SRILANKA

COUNTRY-STYLE

I TOLD YOU SO

ROAD-SAFETY

THE NED KELLY BLUES

THE DROVERS’SONG

ANGEL IN DISGUISE

BOTH SIDES OF GOODBYE

I MAY HATE MYSELF

A LUCKY STAR

3 WAY LOVE AFFAIR

I”LL BREAK OUT AGAIN, TONIGHT

THIS SONG’S JUST FOR YOU

COUNTRY STORIES IN SONG

A ROSE IN THE SNOW

TIGHT-FITTING JEANS

TRIBUTE TO GEORGE JONES

DELICIOUS DUETS

A SAD SONG

THE ORCHID & THE ROSE

AMBER’S THE NAME.(Love is the game)

STORIES IN COUNTRY MUSIC

PRECIOUS MEMORIES

THE HONEYMOON IS OVER

WE’RE ALL HERE

FOREVER MORE

A LOVE SONG

MARCELITO POMOY

WHO’S GONNA FILL THEIR SHOES ?

A HERITAGE OF SONG  Vol 2

FOR REASONS I’VE FORGOTTEN

A Country Anniversary

Drover’s Dream

Again & Yet Again

Angel In Disguise

 


 

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