Music For Dinner

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”  ~  Victor Hugo   Last night we were so churned. We couldn’t eat. We couldn’t sleep. After a while we turned off the lights and lay in the dark, side by side, dogs snuggled up beside us, and we played music […]

Requiem For These Passing Moments

“Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.” ~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore “It all goes away. Eventually, everything goes away.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love   Sometimes, life is […]

Bluesfest 2016 – A Little Ray of Sunshine

“Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.” ~ Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems   This Easter I’m spending some time with Ben and our friends at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest. Bluesfest is one of my favourite music festivals. The atmosphere is always so […]

An Afternoon Concert for My Cows

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone   The first time I heard Albinoni’s Oboe Concert #2 in D Minor I was seven, a little girl sitting in the music room of her primary school, eyes closed as instructed by the […]

Rain, Mud, Blues and Gumboot Dancing!

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty […]

Magic – Byron Bay Style

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ~ Plato   After a few days of being housebound I was looking forward to an early Saturday breakfast yesterday at a favourite cafe, so with the weekend papers tucked under our arm off we went, […]

Requiem For A Lost Poet – #Lyme

“I don’t need a cloak to become invisible.” ~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone   I found out earlier this week that a fellow Lyme sufferer in the USA took her own life. I never met Heather, but I know her journey. All late-stage Lymies know, and understand, because so easily, that could […]

Music, Smiles and All Good Things

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”  ~ Confucius, The Book of Rites   Ben and I ventured to the Mullumbimby Farmers’ Markets yesterday morning. We got there a little later than usual, about 8.30am, because after my pre-dawn meditation I sat down at the computer and hammered out some more words […]

Lucky Dip #2

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”  ~ Bob Marley   It’s one of those ‘not coping very well’ kind of days. I’ve been enduring nights of no sleep, constant pain, fevers, sweats and anxiety. But that’s okay. It’s all for a good cause. And I’m prepared for days like […]

Stormclouds, Music and Melancholy

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”  ~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore   The air is tinged with cold and that strange electricity that comes before a storm. I am watching from my upstairs bedroom, stuck in the city and […]

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