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Archive of ‘Rock Dojo’ category

Embrace

This one I wheeled out the other night, I had to remember the chords which took some ‘memberin’ but I got there. I wrote it back when I was in my late 20s and flush with the first experience of the bliss that meditation brings. 15 or so years later I am still into meditation and positive conscious expansion in a big way. It’s always there to support me through hard times and has really come back into the forefront of my life with renewed vigor now that I have knocked the booze on the head after a long struggle with that.

Despite my new clean livin’ lifestyle (6 months in almost) I had a bit of a mini-breakdown a few weeks back (all good, just a speed bump in the road) and meditation and spiritual (and human!) connection brought me through it just fine. I am so glad to have these abilities to help myself feel better about life when things get tough and I really feel called to help people though my music and words to feel better themselves, to cope when life seems too much to bear. That’s the direction I’m heading in now, something more authentic and helpful to others.

Hope this song helps you in some way. It’s really just a rehearsal as I prepare to reintroduce it into my set. Next gig – Dave Graney support @ Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, July 25th!

Persist … Or Die Inside

Two or three weeks ago I had a bit of a meltdown, and long story short, emailed both my bands and quit.

I was burnt out from overwork and adult responsibilities, and just struck out at the one thing I could (in theory) remove from my plate (can’t quit work or being a Dad – not that I would want the latter).

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Songwriting: Bad Hair Day, Nice Tune But

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I have read stuff before about how people training for sports and performance are often advised to run through their training mentally at other times (i.e. not at actual training) and I find a similar thing works for songwriting. I basically run around writing songs in my head all day, and sometimes sitting down with the guitar just becomes a formality, it’s already cooked.

That’s what happened with this new song, Gangbusters (Ride Again) which I did start on the guitar some time ago before picking it up again last week and adding the chorus, but I was not sure where to go with the chorus. Then yesterday I was doing the dishes and the song chorus showed me where it wanted to go – up! (more…)

Why Musicians Are All Bastards

There’s a simple reason, at least before a gig, because we get nervous! Yesterday we had a small dinner party and, now that I don’t drink, it was very hard for me to be relaxed because I knew I was “on at 9”. Hey, might not be at the Madison Square Gardens but nevertheless, I knew there would be a fair few heads there and I could feel my stomach in knots all day. Didn’t make for scintillating dinner company as a consequence, I’m afraid.

Gig (Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, Victoria) went well enough, it’s been 5 months tea-totalling and I am still not entirely used to performing without a little shot of courage before & during, but I am, at the least, seasoned, so I am pretty good at putting my own personal frame of mind out of the picture and focussing on providing value to the audience. Sold some music, chatted to the venue owners, worked on my mate Jeff the booker for a support gig I want, and watched my mate get totally mashed and then even drove him home. Aren’t I nice?

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Me yelling at my drunk mate to hurry up and take the photo already

The main act Naked Bodies were so great I bought their CD, really fine & cool. Very entertaining drummer. I like.

Even with the CD purchase, still came home with all of my pay in my pocket and here I am, fully functional before 10am Sunday morning. Life is good.