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BLOG #8: "It's the Final Countdown" 


Tonight, the well-known lyrics sung by the 80’s Swedish rock band Europe, “It’s the final countdown”, popped into my head—one of those random thoughts that leaves you wondering where it came from.

 

It wasn’t until I glanced at the date (in relation to a friend’s birthday) that I realised it must’ve been my subconscious working overtime, reminding me that today’s the 20th and it’s precisely a month until my book’s launch date! How weird ... and wonderful is that? Strange how the mind works. It’s like…

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BLOG #7: Extraordinary songs can find you anywhere! 

 

I’ve found great joy in writing (especially lyric writing) for so many years now; yet, like most creative people, I’ve had to keep working mainstream jobs to make ends meet.

 

One of my jobs, book keeping, I’ve done now for 20+ years and much of it has become routine—same company, same office space, pretty much the same staff, and fairly repetitive work—in a small suite, within a larger corporate building, sharing a communal kitchen and both male/female toilets.

 

This week, routine was nudged aside…

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BLOG #6: It's 'About Time' you did yourself a favour... 

I love people using words in ways which have us considering the life we’re living.

 

The romantic comedy-drama film script for About Time, written and directed by Richard Curtis, does just that.

 

Without giving too much of the plot away, these quirky characters explore a new take on life and relationships that leaves its audience reflecting on our perspective on life and the energy that we carry into each new day (in fact, into each new moment).

 

If you haven’t allowed yourself the opportunity to sit…

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BLOG #5: Let's watch that film "Once" more! 

Yesterday I watched a movie that’s been on my “to do” list forever—actually, forever might be a tad overstated; I’ve wanted to see it since it was released in 2007. The movie that I’m writing about is Once. Retrospectively, I must say, it was just what my creative spirit needed. This film managed to please both the songwriter and scriptwriter in me, and was filmed with such a beautiful simplicity which from my perspective, seemed to amplify the foundations of innocence that are often highlighted while…

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BLOG #4: Music Making Memories... 

I’m not too long home from a wonderful week away at Salamander Bay, 2 hours north of Sydney; a real ‘break’—a world away from technological check-ins— where I became immersed, sharing space & time with extended family and more specifically my beautiful niece, Karina, as she prepared for one of the biggest days of her life—her wedding.

 

She was a stunning bride and beamed from dawn until well after dusk, when she took her new husband’s hand and negotiated the human tunnel that would lead them away from…

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BLOG #3: 'The Perfect Shade Of Pink' 

Dear Mr. President,
Come take a walk with me.
Let's pretend we're just two people and
You're not better than me.
I'd like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly.

What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street?
Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep?
What do you feel when you look in the mirror?
Are you proud?

(Dear Mr. President written by Billy Mann, Alecia Moore)

 

I believe one of the most exciting, living artists and (co) writers in contemporary music is Alecia…

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BLOG #2: 'A Day On the Green' 

Last week I mentioned that I was given the opportunity to share a brilliant afternoon & evening of Aussie music at a ‘Day on the Green’ held at the Bimbadgen Winery in Hunter Valley vineyards, north of Sydney—man, what a score!

 

My brother has lived and breathed music for as long as my brain can recall. He surprised me with a last minute invitation for a ‘music, marquee and dining experience’ that we’ll both long remember. This unique concert opportunity was an absolute blessing as I’ve never faired…

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Blog newbie: Let's divvy up the fairy floss! 

Okay… I’ve decided to add a new ‘time’ to my weekly clock – somewhere between the day-time and night-time I’m going find a chunk of space and squeeze in ‘blog’-time – not entirely sure of my blogging direction yet (maybe a meld of writing, lyrics and music) but I know it’ll surface in its own time, without me probably even realising.

 

Most of you know I teach (focussing my energy nowadays mainly on Effective Communications instead of drama – love sharing life skills!). I’ve also done part time…

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