Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Rebecca Barnard - Week 13

Bec Reid

This week, the theme is favourite things and one of our favourite things is the one and only Rebecca Barnard. G’day Rebecca.

Rebecca Barnard

Hi Bec.

Bec Reid

It’s so great to have you back with us here at the Seniors Festival. Rebecca, what are some of your favourite things?

Rebecca Barnard

Oh, gosh, there’s so many to mention. My friends, my family, music, food, wine. My son just shouted out hogging the living room. This is actually one of my favourite things.

Harry

Hi!

Rebecca Barnard

This is my son, Harry.

Bec Reid

And Rebecca, you grew up with jazz but you’ve also created music across so many different musical genres. What are some of your favourite styles of music to play and really explore?

Rebecca Barnard

Let’s just cross out opera. Although I can do good fake opera but, you know, I love Americana. I love country music. I love jazz, I love folk. I love folk music. Traditional Celtic sort of folk music as well as, you know, the ‘60s - Joni, Bob Dylan, all that sort of folk. I really like electronica, too. Like, if it’s kind of laid back. What do you call that - trance - trance? Yeah. [laughter]

Bec Reid

Speaking of being in an enchanted trance, Rebecca, what’s one of your earliest musical memories?

Rebecca Barnard

Well, it was Mum and Dad’s - one of their favourite songs. Well, one of their favourite artists, Jack Teagarden. That really was his name, who was a jazz trombone jazz singer and he was really good friends with Louis Armstrong and Dad was obsessed with Louis Armstrong. Every morning, Dad playing Louis Armstrong on the turntable, you know, you’d hear that  [turntable sound] and then this joyous music would come out of the speakers and it was happy. You know, it was - it was happy and it was tuneful and I think back on it, you know, Mum was very tolerant to have a guy that just got up and put music on first thing in the morning. So, Louis and Jack Teagarden. I think they got a bit loose when they recorded this. It’s got a total spontaneous vibe about it and it’s - beautiful lyrics, Old rocking chair’s got me cane by my side.

Fetch me that gin, son before I tan your hide and, you know, it’s the Seniors Festival. So, I thought just put in a little bit of rocking chair and a cane and it’s not far off. I’m probably gonna have to have a hip replacement before I know it. So, it’s true. I love this song so much and please go and listen to Louis and Jack Teagarden. Do it, even though this is me and my dear friend, Monique Dimattina.

Hi. Hi, I’m Rebecca Barnard and I’m delighted to be a senior at the end of the year. Boxing Day. The big 60 and that’s why I’m here but with me is the incredible Monique Dimattina ,who is nowhere near senior yet but her time will come and we thought this song would be really appropriate. It’s really sweet, too.

[Rebecca Barnard and Monique Dimattina singing Old Rockin’ Chair]

 

Old rockin’ chair’s got me. Cane by my side

Fetch me that gin, son, before I tan your hide

Can’t get from this cabin, ain’t going nowhere

Just sitting here grabbing at the flies round this rockin’ chair

Remember aunt Harriet, in Heaven she be

Send me sweet chariot, for the end of the troubles I see

Old rocking chair’s got me, judgment day is almost here

Chained to my rocking chair

Old rocking chair’s got me, cane by my side

Fetch me that gin, son, before I tan your hide

I can’t get from this cabin

I ain’t going nowhere, just sitting here grabbing

At the flies round my old rockin’ chair

Remember aunt Harriet, in Heaven she be

Send me sweet chariot, before the end of my troubles I see

Old rockin’ chair’s got me

Judgment day’s almost here

Chained to my old rockin’ chair

 

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Rebecca Barnard - Week 13

Bec Reid

This week, the theme is favourite things and one of our favourite things is the one and only Rebecca Barnard. G’day Rebecca.

Rebecca Barnard

Hi Bec.

Bec Reid

It’s so great to have you back with us here at the Seniors Festival. Rebecca, what are some of your favourite things?

Rebecca Barnard

Oh, gosh, there’s so many to mention. My friends, my family, music, food, wine. My son just shouted out hogging the living room. This is actually one of my favourite things.

Harry

Hi!

Rebecca Barnard

This is my son, Harry.

Bec Reid

And Rebecca, you grew up with jazz but you’ve also created music across so many different musical genres. What are some of your favourite styles of music to play and really explore?

Rebecca Barnard

Let’s just cross out opera. Although I can do good fake opera but, you know, I love Americana. I love country music. I love jazz, I love folk. I love folk music. Traditional Celtic sort of folk music as well as, you know, the ‘60s - Joni, Bob Dylan, all that sort of folk. I really like electronica, too. Like, if it’s kind of laid back. What do you call that - trance - trance? Yeah. [laughter]

Bec Reid

Speaking of being in an enchanted trance, Rebecca, what’s one of your earliest musical memories?

Rebecca Barnard

Well, it was Mum and Dad’s - one of their favourite songs. Well, one of their favourite artists, Jack Teagarden. That really was his name, who was a jazz trombone jazz singer and he was really good friends with Louis Armstrong and Dad was obsessed with Louis Armstrong. Every morning, Dad playing Louis Armstrong on the turntable, you know, you’d hear that  [turntable sound] and then this joyous music would come out of the speakers and it was happy. You know, it was - it was happy and it was tuneful and I think back on it, you know, Mum was very tolerant to have a guy that just got up and put music on first thing in the morning. So, Louis and Jack Teagarden. I think they got a bit loose when they recorded this. It’s got a total spontaneous vibe about it and it’s - beautiful lyrics, Old rocking chair’s got me cane by my side.

Fetch me that gin, son before I tan your hide and, you know, it’s the Seniors Festival. So, I thought just put in a little bit of rocking chair and a cane and it’s not far off. I’m probably gonna have to have a hip replacement before I know it. So, it’s true. I love this song so much and please go and listen to Louis and Jack Teagarden. Do it, even though this is me and my dear friend, Monique Dimattina.

Hi. Hi, I’m Rebecca Barnard and I’m delighted to be a senior at the end of the year. Boxing Day. The big 60 and that’s why I’m here but with me is the incredible Monique Dimattina ,who is nowhere near senior yet but her time will come and we thought this song would be really appropriate. It’s really sweet, too.

[Rebecca Barnard and Monique Dimattina singing Old Rockin’ Chair]

 

Old rockin’ chair’s got me. Cane by my side

Fetch me that gin, son, before I tan your hide

Can’t get from this cabin, ain’t going nowhere

Just sitting here grabbing at the flies round this rockin’ chair

Remember aunt Harriet, in Heaven she be

Send me sweet chariot, for the end of the troubles I see

Old rocking chair’s got me, judgment day is almost here

Chained to my rocking chair

Old rocking chair’s got me, cane by my side

Fetch me that gin, son, before I tan your hide

I can’t get from this cabin

I ain’t going nowhere, just sitting here grabbing

At the flies round my old rockin’ chair

Remember aunt Harriet, in Heaven she be

Send me sweet chariot, before the end of my troubles I see

Old rockin’ chair’s got me

Judgment day’s almost here

Chained to my old rockin’ chair