Tune Love

It’s fair to say that these two albums by GoGo Penguin are currently changing my life. When I don’t know how to feel, I listen to these (especially driving in the car!) and they just make sense to me. Their new album came out in February too and it’s just as amazing. I mean, who could not love a band where one of their songs is called ‘Garden Dog Barbecue’?

Whilst it is one of my favourite genres of music, I find jazz music quite difficult to listen to at times – especially avant garde jazz and the styles that tend to be more frenetic and less controlled. As a vocalist, I whole-heartedly LOVE to to improvise but sometimes when there isn’t much of a melody to hold on to, things can get tricky to listen to and I end up more stressed out than when I started listening to it.

Being introduced to the likes of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and a range of other influential female vocalists of that era was like a flashing 60’s neon light going off in my head – STOP Leona! You need to pay attention to these girls. Whilst my own vocal style is not overly similar, they showed me how to respect music; not only just enjoy it or do it because I could and it was something I showed skill in.

When I stayed with Carolyn and Clive at Cowwaar Arts Space earlier this year as an artist in residence, we had a few really interesting conversations about the creative process and how projects come about. I will never forgot a passing comment (some passing wisdom?) in which Clive made as I was exploring their gallery exhibition at the time. I was struggling with my own writing and getting quite frustrated with myself and he said something along the lines of ‘the creative process isn’t a luxury’, in that in needs to be regarded as work. It was that moment that I knew I had been looking at my own creative process in the wrong perspective – as a luxury. I didn’t give it the respect it deserved, and I expected that I would just churn out a prodigal amount of music and writing and be this new-age creative.

Uh. No. Not the way it works.

So in a round-about way, GoGo Penguin help me to remember what I need to keep in mind; respect music = respect your own creative process. Perhaps that’s why it makes sense to me. I hope so because it’s working.


Today’s Tune – Aerial Love

Aerial Love – Daniel Johns

This week, whilst getting back into the swing of work and feeling a little to and fro with new routines and such (hence my tardy updates), I managed to tune in to Triple J and hear the world premiere of Daniel Johns’ new solo material in about 8 years. As a Silverchair fan, it was something that I was looking forward to but also really curious about.

Whilst I know it will (and it since has) cop quite a lot of flack for being so different from his previous musical offerings (and let’s face it – it’s quite over-indulgent), I actually think it’s brilliant. It’s definitely a new direction for him but it’s honest and raw both lyrically and instrumentally; it’s off-centre and it’s not perfect. And that’s why I love it so much. Thoughts?

Today’s Tune – Endless Summer

Josh Pyke & Elana Stone cover Endless Summer by the Jezabels (Triple J Like a Version)

I figured I’d post a song today that reflected the end of my summer break. How fitting! I love this cover by Josh Pyke and Elana Stone. It’s already such a fantastic song and to hear it performed differently by two brilliant musicians (and with accordion!) is pretty special. Coupled with the fact that I absolutely LOVE and ADORE amazing covers that make me reminisce my own musical endeavours, it’s just another thing to help keep me motivated. Oh, the yay!

Heading back to work tomorrow will be a good thing and I’m looking forward to jumping in, head first.

Side Note: Progress report for today’s ‘Get Shit Done’ list

  • Make frittata using crazy amount of kale left-over from veggie box 
  • Doctor’s appointment
  • Coffee (duh)
  • Trek to Richmond (yay, adventure times)
  • Mandatory ‘clean everything before returning to work in order to feel organised and complete’ on first day back
  • Pack bag and get ‘stuff’ organised for first day back

Conclusion: On track but need to stay focused or I will fall in a heap by 3pm and end up watching ‘The Doctors’ on Channel 10. Not ideal nor helpful.