Ok, here goes. This “road map” is absolutely useless, risk averse to the point of suffocation, all stick no carrot. There we were, the faithful music industry, once again the lap dogs of our overlords encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. “Vax the Nation” my peers screamed loyally from their social media platforms to hopefully cajole the suspicious, reluctant, terrified (rightly or wrongly) community, to go get the jab so we could get back to what we do. And despite best efforts, and the great uptake amongst people who were not persuaded at first but then maybe thought better of their initial decision, for all kinds of reasons, we are being royally screwed anyway. Does anyone understand amongst this leadership cohort that gigs with the kinds of limits being touted will not work?
We don’t know where we stand with this disease & that’s ok, it’s one of life’s challenges. We don’t know everything and most people will admit to that, that is the courageous, practical and honest thing to admit and with all these unknowns, risk is something best judged on an individual level, not by fiat. But that is not something we hear from our leadership, all we hear is certainty, certainty that will often contradict the previous certainty. Either the vaccines work or they don’t. The campaign being mounted would suggest they do work, so if you’re only allowing double vaccinated people into venues we should be able to fill our venues with music and punters. If they don’t work it’s long past time our leadership admitted they don’t know. We do know from overseas experience that a tiny percentage of double vaccinated people will potentially contract COVID, an even smaller percentage will get sick & a vanishingly small percentage will die. And if that concerns an individual you don’t have to take the risk. But this holding pattern cannot hold.
At some point we have to be able to get back to work. At some point we have to embrace life which also involves embracing risk. Hey guess what, we’re all gonna die, it’s an inescapable reality, the great bargain every living creature embarks on at birth.
We finally finished off this video that we started in 2017 during lockdown last year . Some things take time. Clearly. Have a good weekend everybody.
beggar man keeps company
with soldiers, sailors, spies and thieves
everybody’s got a scheme
beggar man wears his on his sleeve
the priest is begging for a soul
the rabbi’s begging for the scroll
the ferryman begs for his toll
the jelly’s begging for the roll
Oh oh everybody’s begging
you have a lot of everything
you have someone to do your every bidding
and I see you living like a king
but you know there’s still something missing
the dog is begging for a bone
the heir is begging for the throne
the poor man’s begging for a loan
the unknown are begging to be known
Oh oh everybody’s begging
nothing like an earthly hell
to bring out all the-self styled angels
but the ones who spell it out can’t spell
you give them something and they want something else
there’s writers begging to be read
there’s voices begging in your head
there’s blood that’s ...
Enjoy your weekend all.
I thought of this today as News Corps has announced they've struck a deal with Facebook to pay them for their content. We recorded this nearly a year ago when lockdowns were first beginning as a favour to the Australian's music journalist. Did we ask for payment, no, but should we have?..... Anyhow here it is for those who haven't seen it and to those who managed to hold on into 2021. A cover of The Alabama Shakes' Hold On.
From Paul Kelly’s self-described ‘mongrel memoir’ ‘How To Make Gravy’ pg 139-140
"Everybody Wants To Touch Me’ is sometimes read as a riff on celebrity. That seems to be Sydney cabaret singer Paul Capsis’s take on it on his album of the same name. Medusa-haired Deborah Conway, Melbourne singer-songwriter and mother of three, knows a little about celebrity and pregnancy both. She fronted a band called Do-Re-Mi in the eighties and had a big hit with a song called ‘Man Overboard’, featuring the memorable lines ‘Your pubic hairs on my pillow, your stubble rings the sink.’ Her shapely posterior was also famous, full-framed and proudly bare on big Bluegrass Jeans billboards nationwide, with the tagline ‘Get yours into Bluegrass’.
Do-Re-Mi functioned as a collective - a shaky construct in pop music at the best of times - and used language such as ‘ideologically unsound’ (the predecessor of ‘politically incorrect’) in their band meetings. Deborah, with her ...
A great new doco that I got to sing a song for: WHEN THE CAMERA STOPPED ROLLING. It has been selected as a FINALIST for Best Australian Documentary at @SydFilmFest 2021.
Jane Castle, the daughter of trailblazing Australian filmmaker, Lilias Fraser, tells the epic tale of her mother’s extraordinary life, her career and their challenging relationship.
Get your 🎟 to the Australian Premier at Sydney Film Fest today:
Feeling a bit more human again. Connected, tipsy, jovial, singing. And the food was good too
The Wait got me to the end of St Kilda Pier and all the way home on my walk this morning at a fast clip, dodging cyclists, sandy dogs, early traffic. Ran through the boogies & cruised through the ballads. What a Great soundtrack from two of my dearest co-travellers. #vikaandlinda @vikaandlindabull Beautiful.