Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Tania Kernaghan - Week 14

Bec Reid

Hello, I’m Bec and welcome back to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020. This week, the theme is All Things The Voice, and we are so happy that a festival favourite has returned. It’s a country music star that we all know and love. It’s Tania Kernaghan! Hi Tania!

Tania Kernaghan

Hey, Bec. How are you?

Bec Reid

I’m so happy to have you back with us, Tania. I’m so excited about the song that you’ve just chosen to share with us today and also just to check back in and see how you’ve been travelling during these times.

Tania Kernaghan

It’s been an interesting time, that’s for sure. You know, everything that I’ve done for the last 30 years of my career, as far as travelling and on the road touring and - and - and the thing that I loved the most is - is meeting people after the show and - and talking to people that come to the shows. Well, none of that sort of happened. So, this whole reimagined, reinvented new way of doing things via the world wide web is - might be the new norm.

Bec Reid

Tania, we know you’re spending a lot of time with the bees and in - in your green experimentings, getting the broccoli all happy. Are you really enjoying those different explorations?

Tania Kernaghan

I sure am. It’s a great distraction and, you know, I really love gardening and I love my bees. I got involved with bees about a year ago and I’ve got this little flow hive in the backyard and go out there and video them in slow motion. I think they’re fascinating. I’m watching my tomatoes pop up every day and giving them some encouragement. Who knows? There might be a new song come out of it all at the end of the day.

Bec Reid

Tania, do you think your garden?

Tania Kernaghan

Absolutely. Yeah. In fact, my Mum was the one who said “you know, talk to them because they know they pick up on your vibes” and I really reckon they do. You go out, then go outside and you talk to the bees and talk to the garden and tell them how beautiful they are and give them some encouragement. Goodness. Anything grows with a bit of encouragement. [laughter]

Bec Reid

Speaking of encouragement, Tania, we were really thrilled to see that actually your brother, Lee, joined you for the Victorian Seniors Festival video that you made this time.

 

Tania Kernaghan

You know, this was a real fluke. I was talking to my brother, Lee, about the Victorian Seniors Festival and I was telling him about the song I had to record and what it’s all about and he said, “well, why don’t we sit down here at the piano and we’ll play a song or two for them right now?”. This song goes back to when we had a little band. It was called Angels and the Blue Devils. It was my sister, Fiona, and my two brothers and these are the kind of songs that we sang. I’ve chosen a song called The Tennessee Waltz. It was originally written back in, I think about 1946 and then first released in 1948. Patti Page was the woman who made it a mega hit, a multi-million selling album back in 1950.

Bec Reid

And, Tania, what is it about this song that you love so dearly?

Tania Kernaghan

You know, I just grew up listening to great country music artists. You know, I guess it was people like Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn. All of those great country artists. When I listen to their voices and their songs, it felt to me they were completely convincing that they had lived these songs. They had lived it, breathed it, you know, felt it and I think that’s something when it comes to a really great voice, it’s not - technique is - is important, I guess, but it’s how you - how you feel about the song.

Bec Reid

And speaking of really, truly finding your voice as a country music artist, Tania, what advice would you give to emerging musicians?

Tania Kernaghan

Try to be natural, you know, get comfortable in your own skin and, for some of us, it takes years and years before you feel really good about yourself but I think it’s important not to be looking outside of yourself for approval and - and acceptance. All the answers that you will ever need after all the years that I’ve lived so far, I believe that the answers are all within and just take that time to look inside and - and be comfortable about who you are with, who you are, and you’ll find your own voice that way and don’t try to copy somebody else. There’s a saying about, you know, be yourself because everybody else is taken and I think that’s really important - is to be inspired, be influenced, but also be yourself.

Bec Reid

Are there any songs or ideas that you’re working on at the moment?

Tania Kernaghan

A lot of the songs that I’ve written and recorded over the years come from real life experiences and I’m working on a song at the moment called The Lights of Emerald and for those folks who are not sure where Emerald actually is located, it’s in western Queensland, about - about a good day’s drive from the Gold Coast. It’s about an experience I had heading out to Emerald to visit a fella a few years ago and I thought maybe he was the one and I’ll have to wait and, you know, you’ll have to wait and see what the song turns out like before I divulge too much but let me just tell you, that it made for a damn good song. [laughter] You gotta live it to write it.

Bec Reid

And, Tania, how would you describe the Australian country music landscape?

 

Tania Kernaghan

It’s in good hands and you see these fantastic young artists coming up through the ranks. I often get to go and see a lot of them at Tamworth, at the Country Music Festival and different - different festivals we have around the country. They have this emerging talent area and, when you see these - these young kids that are, you know, 16, 17, 18 that are wanting to make country music their careers and they’ve got mighty fine voices and great musicians. For me, after being in the industry for, you know, 30 years or more, I know that the future of country music is alive and well here in Australia.

Bec Reid

Oh, Tania, such stirring words as ever. We are so delighted to have had you back with us at the Victorian Seniors Festival. Thank you for sharing your voice with us and so many Australians.

Tania Kernaghan

Thank you, Bec, and enjoy this song.

[Tania Kernaghan singing, with Lee Kernaghan playing the piano]

I was dancing with my darlin’

To the Tennessee Waltz

When an old friend I happened to see

I introduced her to my darlin’

And while they were dancing

My friend stole my sweetheart from me

I remember the night and The Tennessee Waltz

Now I know just how much I have lost

Yes, I lost my little darling

The night they were playing

The beautiful Tennessee Waltz

 

I remember the night and The Tennessee Waltz

Now I know just how much I have lost

Yes, I lost my little darling

The night they were playing

The beautiful Tennessee Waltz

The beautiful Tennessee Waltz

 

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Tania Kernaghan - Week 14

Bec Reid

Hello, I’m Bec and welcome back to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020. This week, the theme is All Things The Voice, and we are so happy that a festival favourite has returned. It’s a country music star that we all know and love. It’s Tania Kernaghan! Hi Tania!

Tania Kernaghan

Hey, Bec. How are you?

Bec Reid

I’m so happy to have you back with us, Tania. I’m so excited about the song that you’ve just chosen to share with us today and also just to check back in and see how you’ve been travelling during these times.

Tania Kernaghan

It’s been an interesting time, that’s for sure. You know, everything that I’ve done for the last 30 years of my career, as far as travelling and on the road touring and - and - and the thing that I loved the most is - is meeting people after the show and - and talking to people that come to the shows. Well, none of that sort of happened. So, this whole reimagined, reinvented new way of doing things via the world wide web is - might be the new norm.

Bec Reid

Tania, we know you’re spending a lot of time with the bees and in - in your green experimentings, getting the broccoli all happy. Are you really enjoying those different explorations?

Tania Kernaghan

I sure am. It’s a great distraction and, you know, I really love gardening and I love my bees. I got involved with bees about a year ago and I’ve got this little flow hive in the backyard and go out there and video them in slow motion. I think they’re fascinating. I’m watching my tomatoes pop up every day and giving them some encouragement. Who knows? There might be a new song come out of it all at the end of the day.

Bec Reid

Tania, do you think your garden?

Tania Kernaghan

Absolutely. Yeah. In fact, my Mum was the one who said “you know, talk to them because they know they pick up on your vibes” and I really reckon they do. You go out, then go outside and you talk to the bees and talk to the garden and tell them how beautiful they are and give them some encouragement. Goodness. Anything grows with a bit of encouragement. [laughter]

Bec Reid

Speaking of encouragement, Tania, we were really thrilled to see that actually your brother, Lee, joined you for the Victorian Seniors Festival video that you made this time.

 

Tania Kernaghan

You know, this was a real fluke. I was talking to my brother, Lee, about the Victorian Seniors Festival and I was telling him about the song I had to record and what it’s all about and he said, “well, why don’t we sit down here at the piano and we’ll play a song or two for them right now?”. This song goes back to when we had a little band. It was called Angels and the Blue Devils. It was my sister, Fiona, and my two brothers and these are the kind of songs that we sang. I’ve chosen a song called The Tennessee Waltz. It was originally written back in, I think about 1946 and then first released in 1948. Patti Page was the woman who made it a mega hit, a multi-million selling album back in 1950.

Bec Reid

And, Tania, what is it about this song that you love so dearly?

Tania Kernaghan

You know, I just grew up listening to great country music artists. You know, I guess it was people like Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn. All of those great country artists. When I listen to their voices and their songs, it felt to me they were completely convincing that they had lived these songs. They had lived it, breathed it, you know, felt it and I think that’s something when it comes to a really great voice, it’s not - technique is - is important, I guess, but it’s how you - how you feel about the song.

Bec Reid

And speaking of really, truly finding your voice as a country music artist, Tania, what advice would you give to emerging musicians?

Tania Kernaghan

Try to be natural, you know, get comfortable in your own skin and, for some of us, it takes years and years before you feel really good about yourself but I think it’s important not to be looking outside of yourself for approval and - and acceptance. All the answers that you will ever need after all the years that I’ve lived so far, I believe that the answers are all within and just take that time to look inside and - and be comfortable about who you are with, who you are, and you’ll find your own voice that way and don’t try to copy somebody else. There’s a saying about, you know, be yourself because everybody else is taken and I think that’s really important - is to be inspired, be influenced, but also be yourself.

Bec Reid

Are there any songs or ideas that you’re working on at the moment?

Tania Kernaghan

A lot of the songs that I’ve written and recorded over the years come from real life experiences and I’m working on a song at the moment called The Lights of Emerald and for those folks who are not sure where Emerald actually is located, it’s in western Queensland, about - about a good day’s drive from the Gold Coast. It’s about an experience I had heading out to Emerald to visit a fella a few years ago and I thought maybe he was the one and I’ll have to wait and, you know, you’ll have to wait and see what the song turns out like before I divulge too much but let me just tell you, that it made for a damn good song. [laughter] You gotta live it to write it.

Bec Reid

And, Tania, how would you describe the Australian country music landscape?

 

Tania Kernaghan

It’s in good hands and you see these fantastic young artists coming up through the ranks. I often get to go and see a lot of them at Tamworth, at the Country Music Festival and different - different festivals we have around the country. They have this emerging talent area and, when you see these - these young kids that are, you know, 16, 17, 18 that are wanting to make country music their careers and they’ve got mighty fine voices and great musicians. For me, after being in the industry for, you know, 30 years or more, I know that the future of country music is alive and well here in Australia.

Bec Reid

Oh, Tania, such stirring words as ever. We are so delighted to have had you back with us at the Victorian Seniors Festival. Thank you for sharing your voice with us and so many Australians.

Tania Kernaghan

Thank you, Bec, and enjoy this song.

[Tania Kernaghan singing, with Lee Kernaghan playing the piano]

I was dancing with my darlin’

To the Tennessee Waltz

When an old friend I happened to see

I introduced her to my darlin’

And while they were dancing

My friend stole my sweetheart from me

I remember the night and The Tennessee Waltz

Now I know just how much I have lost

Yes, I lost my little darling

The night they were playing

The beautiful Tennessee Waltz

 

I remember the night and The Tennessee Waltz

Now I know just how much I have lost

Yes, I lost my little darling

The night they were playing

The beautiful Tennessee Waltz

The beautiful Tennessee Waltz