I’m in an effusive mood this morning, so here’s some random thoughts and experiences from the part few days:
1. Darren Hanlon and Laura Imbruglia.
I went to see these two play at the Houpetoun hotel last night, which was fantastic. I’d heard one of Laura Imbruglia’s songs and had her pegged as a punky female singer. What I didn’t realise was that she also has a wry sense of humour and can tell a good story. She had me laughing in almost every song. I am definitely adding her to my future CDs list.
The main reason I went was to see Darren Hanlon, and I am glad I did. He was warm and relaxed, telling stories in between songs and interacting with the small crowd. Like Laura he played two songs he had written about Christmas, the second of which fits into the “Christmas murder ballad” genre 🙂 He also played the first song of his I remember hearing: “punk’s not dead (she’s just gone to bed)” which was fun, however the best part was when he continued the theme and it morphed into Sid Vicious’ “Anarchy”. If you know the song at all, this was a perfect ending and a bit of a revelation about his influences. Darren originally started his myusic career playing in cover bands, so a few members of the crowd kept calling out for “chisel” and “oils” as a joke. So, after the Sid Vicious detour he immediately morphed into a well known Australian song (can’t remember which, except the chorus had “cheap wine and lalalala.” Chisels song). The crowd sung along with him, and then at the first chorus he just stopped, with a cheeky grin as the crowd kept going, you could see he was appreciating the joke as much of the rest of us. I got to hear four of my favourites, some I’d never heard before and a completely new song that had never been performed in public. It was a great night and I am glad I got to see him in an intimate venue before I see him on stage at a festival in April.
I almost didn’t make it into the gig. It had sold out by the time I arrived at 8pm. Luckily I was told this as two Canberra girls arrived, with a spare ticket. Hooray for serendipity! This brings me to my next rumination:
Things changed recently, both for the better and for the worse (as they always do). The major thing that I have noticed is my confidence in ability to deal with anything going back up. There is just me now, so I have to. Last night is a case in point. I went to that gig by myself. I had invited a bunch of people, but they all pulled out at the last minute. 2 months ago I would have decided it was all too difficult and scary to go to a gig in a strange pub by myself, but now… it was simple. And incidentally I wouldn’t have got in with a bunch of people anyway, since those girls had only the one ticket.
The other reason I noticed this change yesterday was that I mowed the lawn. The lawn which had grass a foot high in many places. It had not been mown since October. I’ve not mown a lawn since I moved out of my parents place, so going on 8 years now. But it felt good. I was brought up in a household where everyone could do and should do everything, there were no “boy jobs” and “girl jobs” my brother, sister and I all mowed the lawn, lifted heavy things, did the washing up and vacuuming etc. It was and is an integral part of my personality to believe that (to a certain point) there is not difference in what the different sexes can and can’t do. However, in the interests of harmony and an argument that was not really worth having, this had been suppressed over the past few years, so it was nice to go back to an “I can accomplish anything” mentality, including mowing the lawn. Simple and yet profound.
3. some interesting articles.
Two articles I noticed this morning:
Alan Paton on “Fragile environments: moral and ethical responsibility” in online opinion. I was particulary appreciative of the line: “It has been argued that war is a catalyst of progress and a basis of human evolution, but from an environmental perspective, in the long run, war is stupid”
Mark from Lavartus Prodeo wrote an article entitled “Is the end of the world near? Ask President (Chelsea) Clinton” which is about the role of science fiction in shaping the culture wars. I loved his conclusion: “Perhaps the left needs to understand that confronting the culture warriors with reasoned arguments is only part of the game. It will be won when, and if, we can imagine different worlds.”
I did warn you that I was going to be effusive…. enjoy your christmas if I don’t see you before hand.