Hammond gamble and jacqui fitzgerald jaqui fitzgerald till the morning comes again

Willie Hona ’s “country song” about his mum; written with his Herbs bandmate Tama Lundon. I’d never heard of Herbs when I won the brand-new Long Ago album in a radio phone-in competition on 77ZK (Hastings). The opening song with its simple-but-clever “Long ago was so long ago” lyric, those big, beautiful voices and the ascending three-note saxophone hook sucked me in. It was like the singalong party songs I’d grown up on, but with a message about how the downfalls and misdirections of your past bring wisdom and how life is all about living in the now. It may have been a song about Willie’s mum and family and their long ago, but its karere was universal. The album introduced me to the band and its weighty back catalogue.