Mara's Musings

Mara Kelland is a folksinger/harpist/pianist and more from Auckland, New Zealand. This is where she shares bits and pieces.
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Courtesy of Time Magazine, the top 10 books of all time. I have attempted to read most of this stuff but not all.

Lovers Knot [From the musical Lovers] from Mara Kelland on Vimeo.

I sing the song by Jay Ansill and Anne Hills. Shot very primitively on a cell phone a few years ago.

Four Green Fields: An Irish Song from Mara Kelland on Vimeo.

Thought to be traditional, it was actually written by the late Tommy Makem in 1967. It has been recorded sundry times. This is my version shot primitively on a cell phone by my mother a few years ago.

I see I have a SoundCloud hit. It’s had about 60 plays and is by Eric Bogel. It’s an old song called And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda.

It is my pleasure to sing the stuff of generations that has been recorded thousands of times. I am not a songwriter though I do compose occasionally. I am a folksinger. And it’s great fun!

There are so many great songs to sing.

Judy Henske is a friend so maybe I am biased making a magazine about her. She is a hunky person with a lot to say. I am just trying to get all the info in one convenient place so folks don’t have to trawl google for it.

I discovered something cool yesterday while I was looking for a Tumblr app. It’s called flipboard.

The description on the App Store says it is your own personal magazine and that’s about right. It works by adding content you choose to little magazines. But the thing I like most about it is that you can see all the content coming from your social networks. It’s very cool!

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10 Things to Know about Tumblr Usernames.

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10 Things to Know about Tumblr Usernames.

Well you will all notice I have been doing a lot on tumblr the past few days dressing it differently and adding new things. It has been hard work doing this as the site is not fully accessible. I have needed some eyes on occasion.

I notice I haven’t told you anything about what I have been reading for sometime. At the mo, I am listening to Emmylou Harris THE BALLAD OF SALLY ROSE - her concept album based around the idea of a beginning musician. I bought the album a long time back but have never listened to the whole thing.

I have been reading THE SWAN THIEVES: a novel by Elizabeth Costova [sp]. It’s about a mentally ill artist and his relationship with his psychiatrist.

Welcome to my home on Tumblr! I am a slightly zany, eccentric person who writes this blog filling it with stuff including music and videos by my favourite singers and some of my own.

I write, paint pictures, take photos and am an apple geek - that’s what my friends say. I am the blind woman with the camera, making movies. I also teach the piano using the Simply Music method developed by Australian, Neil Moore.

You can read more about me on the following pages and on the social links above. Also check out AudioBoo [where the spoken word lives] to hear more of the same in realtime.

I maintain an open door policy, the questions link above is there for a reason so feel free to use it [no spam please].

On this blog you will find stuff about:

  • Technology for the blind
  • Audio samples of my music from SoundCloud and YouTube
  • Other people’s music
  • Musings on books
  • Other things about life on this planet

There are many options open to the blind to read books these days. Even as early as 15 years ago there were not so many. I remember desperately wanting to read something and having it read to me by somebody.

But now all has changed. There are quite a few options for the blind to read electronically.

I want to talk about the latter two - the ones I have linked to - because some folks may not know about them.

Bookshare is a non-profit run by a technology company in the USA. It offers an online library of accessible books. Though it does charge for access this is affordable for what one gets. At present if one lives outside the USA, one can only access some of the collection that bookshare holds but what one can access is great! I have learned about art, History, literature [things I didn’t know about these things before] and have kept myself updated on things in the world of psychology.

When I cannot find something on bookshare I go to the paid sources. I have been an audible user for a long time. The first book I read from there was Liam Clancy’s memoir, The Mountain of the Women. I love audible because one can get access to cutting edge, new material read by humans. [On bookshare a synthetic voice reads the books].

It is a thrill to go get books from amazon to read on kindle or from iBooks. As the ebook grows in popularity the blind can finally buy something at the same time as sighted counterparts. It’s a great thrill!