Posts Tagged ‘personal’

So I haven’t particularly been doing a lot of music reviews lately, but instead making music of my own. I’m in a band called Chase Scenes and we’ve been ‘together’ in some way, shape or form for a few years now but only really started to buckle down in the last 6-12 months.We’ll be putting on our first ever gig on January 14 at the Waiting Room in West End with The LoveBuckles and Go Go Go Go!. So if you enjoy some listening to some fuzzy rock come along and see us all play. Entry is from 8pm and is $7 – but the best part of all, BYO alcohol. For any more info, hit me up or come have a look at our Facebook Event. Hope to see you all there!


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December 2010. Somewhere between Hue and Hanoi, I lose my iPod. I’m halfway through a month long trip in South East Asia with plenty of flights, bus rides, boats rides and elephant rides ahead of me. And I lose my iPod. I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m into music. In fact if you’ve been reading this for a while, I think it’s fairly obvious that music is pretty much my life. The idea of spending another two weeks without music was daunting. And little did I know that just a few days later, that spending two weeks without music mid-break up in a foreign country could be even worse.

This left me with a lot of time to think. A lot of bus rides, staring out the window thinking. A lot of time sitting at airports thinking. And one flight in particular, on my way home thinking about just how much my life would just the second I touched back down in Brisbane.

I was surprised that I coped quite well without music. I took in what was around me, and I guess I become more of a real traveler. One of the biggest things I started to think about was the role of music in my life. While I was in South East Asia, a lot of the bars I went to played older music. Music I used to devour until I became a ‘pretentious indie snob’. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix. One of the most surreal moments of my life was sitting in a bar called the DMZ Bar, drinking B52 shots, literally sitting around the corner from B52 bomb craters and buildings still ridden with bullet holes – and CCR’s ‘Fortunate Son’ came on.

It was one of those travels where I questioned everything about my life – it was literally life changing. One thing that repeatedly came up was music blogging and music criticism. Before I left I doubted my role in the community. I decided to take a brief break and come back refreshed from my holiday, thinking I was just exhausted. While overseas I found it hard to find a reason to do any of this. It all seemed so trivial. There was no purpose. I don’t get paid, I’m not helping anyone. I left the thought, along with many others, back in the middle of the jungle. I had other worries on my mind anyway.

When I arrived back in Brisbane, I was surprised that I threw myself straight back into blogging (as well as the several other places I write for). I was reviewing heaps of CDs and going to heaps of live shows, I guess to fill the void of a broken relationship. And here I am now, suffering from over-saturation of music. I’ve lost my passion – hopefully just for the time being. So brings about a sabbatical from blogging. I’ll still be around, and will still occasional contribute to TOM and Life Music Media, so keep an eye out if you’d like. I’m once again hoping to come back rejuvenated and ready to love music again.

Hey, remember when I used to have red hair? Me along the Perfume River in gorgeous Hue


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Brisbane Floods

Hi everyone, as I’m sure you’re well aware there has been flooding happening around Brisbane and most of Queensland for that matter. Last I heard, 75% of the state was declared a natural disaster zone. Apparently this is now ‘bigger than the state of Texas’.

Tuesday morning we all got a severe thunderstorm warning and rumours about flooding started to circulate. Over my lunch break, I watched the river rise along South Bank from the safety of my high rise in the city, slowly starting to engulf the lower river-walk footpath outside the art gallery.  By 1pm my building was evacuated.

I managed to get back to my house to find my front yard almost completely under water and decided to move all of my valuables to higher ground. I jumped ship to my parents house, wishing my house best of luck. When I left my area around 2.30, this is what the park around the corner from me looked like (photos courtesy of my good friend Pete).

I feel very lucky to say that the water barely touched my house. My yard soaked most of it up, and it was only my laundry that got a little damp. No damage whatsoever. My parents house is fine too. My heart goes out to all of my friends who had to evacuate their house, who got flood damage, and especially the ones I haven’t been able to make contact with. I really hope you just forgot to charge your phone before the power went out.

I hope you’re all safe, and dry. If you need any help cleaning, if you need a place to stay, or if you need a warm meal or the use of my electricity, please feel free to contact me. If you’re looking for ways to help, I’m under the impression that there has been an overwhelming response of volunteers. What they need now is donations, either money , food or clothes.

Stay safe over the coming days Brisbane.

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