Well, I don't mean to boast but I always knew that Now is the Hour was a Maori song, from childhood when my Dad used to sing it and play it on the banjo! When I first heard Hayley's E Pari Ra, I wondered whether it was actually the Maori version of the same song, but it is a bit different, so perhaps not. I'm looking forward to hearing Hayley's version later this month, oe maybe as soon as next Saturday!
Thanks Dave for the link to 'Now is the hour' sung by the St Joseph's Maori College Girls' Choir. It really is very beautiful and calming, I hope Hayley's version is a bit longer
It's one of those songs that lies deep in the memory, I'm still trying to figure out why it is so familiar. Kind of weird trigger of something long ago. Goosebumps !
Whatever it is, it seems to be a pleasant memory...
Tonight I was whistling this tune while my father was visiting, he asked me how I knew it ?
His brother in law, my uncle Mick who worked for the BBC in London for many years had learned this song in Africa in the late 1950s and had taught it to my father when I was very young, so this is probably where I had heard the song before.
I played the song by Hayley a few times and he asked what is it called now ? It used to be called "Now is the Hour " he said.
It is a song I have loved for ever, and it is well overdue for Hayley to sing it, coming as it does from NZ. And she finally did so, as she said the first time she had ever performed it in public, at Stoke. It is fabulous, i agree. And to think that I had with me a camera capable of recording that historic performance for posterity, and a seat in the auditorium that was made fr photography, and was too timid, or perhaps too Hayleywowed to use it. She sang the first verse in Maori, something I had never heard before, and when she introduced it used the Maori title as well as the English one. I don't have the album yet. I perhaps made the mistake of ordering it from Amazon with other stuff that won't be available until later. But I seriously want this album now.
Here is the tracklisting for River of Dreams...The Very Best Of (NZ Special Edition), Cat #: 4781432 Date: 29/10/2008
disc 1 1 Pokarekare Ana 2 River Of Dreams 3 Dell'Amore Non Si Sa 4 Shenandoah 5 Who Painted The Moon Black 6 The Water is Wide 7 Songbird 8 Both Sides Now 9 Ave Maria (Caccini) 10 Benedictus 11 Amazing Grace 12 Danny Boy 13 Summer Rain 14 Never Say Goodbye 15 O Mio Babbino Caro 16 May It Be 17 Majesty 18 Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) 19 Now Is The Hour
disc 2 1 Hine E Hine 2 Mary Did You Know 3 Silent Night 4 Away In A Manger 5 Scarborough Fair 6 Abide With Me 7 E Pari Ra 8 Santa Lucia 9 God Defend New Zealand