Poems 

Thanks for all the nice feedback on my Poems and the support from my friends in Sydney and in the US.

Australian TV Commercials 

About 25 years ago a NSW Parliamentarian complained that TV commercials were too loud. 

And everyone laughed at him.They’re still too loud 25 years on. Change happens slowly here.

Radio National  

Radio National or RN would be one of the best kept secrets in Australia. 

I have been listening for over 12 years now. Though when I ask many 

people have you heard of RN? People say Who? What? Who? Then 

I try to explain that RN is short for Radio National and I can never remember 

The right word to say that RN is an “Acronym”.And they just glaze their 

eyes over or we go on to talk about something else.

 So I would have to conclude changing their name to RN would 

have to be one of the worst PR exercises in history. Radio National, 

 sure is a contrast to some other propaganda radio station on AM Radio

And you don’t have to put up with the commercials either.

It’s a pretty informative,educative, balanced and an amazing Radio station;

and it's available to everyone if you are looking for something different.

                                                                Though I’m still hoping Philip Adams takes a call from the average punter one day.

Conversation, Listening and Comments  

I wish people would ask more questions than make statements or comments. I’m not talking about prying questions I’m talking about philosophical questions or asking someone how something works or doesn't. Or asking them why they think this or that? Some things are absolute and some conversations can go on for years. And then there is the “You Shoulds,” do this or do that. Maybe make a start by stating to yourself “Today I’m going to try to listen more than I speak”.There seems to be a lot guessing going these days. Conversation seems to be a dying art though if something does comes up for you in that conversation; that's where you need to go or explore. It seems our egos are doing all the talking these days.

 

 

USA Film Making 

I have watched so many new online Films and TV series in the past 4 months to come out of the US.I have been totally blown away by the quality of the film making and the story lines, the direction and the stunning acting.I guess the USA is getting the film-making process right.

Marcia Langton 

I totally respect and admire Marcia Langton.She is one fantastic Australian. She is wise,realistic,articulate and tough.She is a true leader.

The Internet 

The Internet is great and a curse.For someone who had about  the same formal Education as Jethro Bodine it's a great tool for learning. Though it's very addictive and unhealthy at times.

Advice to younger vocalist’s singing to a live audience.  

 

Advice to younger singers; fortunately or unfortunately you can’t be who you were yesterday. 

The body we live in; has other idea’s. Read Louise Hay regarding this concept. 

Your right little toe may not want to have anything to do with you for awhile and has gone on strike. 

And as you get older the body rules the roost so check- in and see what it’s up to. 

Today, you will be dealing with a very different beast so you better come to terms with it. 

Let your energy tell the story of a song as its better to build up from an unsure start than 

 to come out like a presumptional, expectational train wreck. It will fail every time. 

So learn to trust your anxiety, fear and the joy and the profound acceptance of who you are today. 

Some days you are just in a different zone not “The Zone”. So, unfortunately you just have to let it 

have its way with you. So you must learn to trust it and deal with it. 

Speaking of the Recorder  

When I was in Primary School I was playing The Recorder in a Recorder band. 

I thought I was doing really well as we had played a couple of concerts until the teacher 

finally tapped me on the shoulder. 

And stated “your not really playing that are you”? “Well No I guess”. I said innocently. 

I was mimicking the sound with my voice; though none of the other  kids seem to notice.

 

 

 Music Observations

 

My favourite singer song writers are Billy Joel, Sisto Rodriguez and Sting. 

My favourite Australian Jazz Musicians are Bernie McGann, Vince Jones and Smacka Fitzgibbon.

My favourite female singer songwriters are Carol King,Beth Nielsen Chapman and Nina Simone.

My favourite all time male singers are Dean Martin,George Michael and Donny Hathaway

My favourite all time female singers are Ella Fitzgerald,Anita Baker and Julie London

My favourite Rock Bands Santana,Bad Company,The Little River Band, before they sold their rights.

 

Best Jazz Musicians I have played with and their Instrument.

Best Double Bass Players would have to be Adam Spiegl and

 for Electric Bass it's the Master; Senor Jorge Alberquerque. 

And for the best Jazz Guitarist; it's an odd choice because this 

guy mainly plays Reggae though when I played with him and 

when he was on song there was no one better than Steven Silk.

And Kosta Glouzman is a creative genius on the piano.