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Police Officer in “Harrow” S2 E1

Love watching the crime drama tv series “Harrow” with Brisbane city as its gorgeous backdrop. Bright blue sky, skyscrapers that sparkle, and that winding river. However this scene is indoors. Dr. Daniel Harrow (Ioan Gruffudd) is talking with a man who is about to identify his dead wife’s body. I play the police officer who’s Continue reading Police Officer in “Harrow” S2 E1

Monsters of Melodica World Session IV – Watermelon Man

Monsters Of Melodica are – as you would expect – a band of melodica players. They’re based in Los Angeles, California. They invite melodica players from around the world to jam with them. This is World Session IV, Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man. Their special guest Melodica player is Latin Jazz/Salsa Artist Kiki Sanchez. I made Continue reading Monsters of Melodica World Session IV – Watermelon Man

Alison Krauss ‘Now That I’ve Found You’ piano cover

I was in London when I first heard Alison Krauss sing this song and play violin with fab musicians on YouTube. It’s one of the few country songs I’ve ever really listened to. Going to play a piano version at the resort. https://joannafunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Alison-Krauss-Now-That-Ive-Found-You-piano-cover.mp3 I use chords from Ultimate Guitar. Choose a version with lots of Continue reading Alison Krauss ‘Now That I’ve Found You’ piano cover

My simple MuseScore Für Elise has 5,759 hits, 44 ♥️

A few years ago I wrote a simplified version of Für Elise for a very young student. I used the scorewriter MuseScore which is free and open-source, and uploaded my version to its online score sharing platform. Today they sent me a reminder to look at it, and I saw it had 5,759 views and Continue reading My simple MuseScore Für Elise has 5,759 hits, 44 ♥️

“My other arm’s alright, can I still do my lesson?”

I heard that my student Tom broke his wrist last week and wouldn’t be able to do lessons for the rest of the term. So imagine my surprise when he rocked up to his lesson saying, “I broke my wrist but my other arm is still alright. Can I still have my lesson?” I’m soooo Continue reading “My other arm’s alright, can I still do my lesson?”

Congrats Sasha for your A (Honours)!

Sasha did her AMEB Piano For Leisure Preliminary Grade exam in November. She was so well prepared I knew she would enjoy herself.  Her mum Steph said the air-conditioning was quite strong at the Ashgrove examination centre, near Brisbane.  Both Sasha and Steph were feeling cold and Sasha ended up doing star jumps while she Continue reading Congrats Sasha for your A (Honours)!

Sunset Symphony – music in a Kudat paradise

The photographs in the book were better, supplied by the Sabah Tourism Board. But Kudat manages to shine, even with what I have here. [Excerpt from: Funk, Joanna. SabahSongs: Contemporary Music in Sabah. Kota Kinabalu: Opus Publications, 2013. 44-50. Print.] Kudat. This is the place where my great-grandparents first arrived in Sabah. It was the Continue reading Sunset Symphony – music in a Kudat paradise

The man who brought Chinese orchestra to Sabah

My friend Yap Keng Vui translated all the conversations with Teo Seng Chong, and I have so much to thank him for. Teo Seng Chong arrived in Sabah in 1986 at the invitation of Tshung Tsin Secondary School (TTSS), to bring Chinese orchestral music into Sabah. He is now Head of Music at TTSS, and Continue reading The man who brought Chinese orchestra to Sabah

DJ’s Sensational Seafood comes to Kooralbyn

When Darrell Jones posted to the Kooralbyn Facebook community groups to ask whether anyone was interested in deliveries of fresh seafood, the response was a big “Yes!” So Darrell and Jarrelle Jones (yep, their names almost rhyme) drove all the way from Upper Coomera to Kooralbyn a few Sundays ago with their fresh seafood, and Continue reading DJ’s Sensational Seafood comes to Kooralbyn