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Choir of Hard Knocks May 30, 2007

Posted by Amanda in Music, Television.
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I can’t even watch the ads for Choir of Hard Knocks program without welling up.

There is something moving about seeing people for whom life is a challenge express themselves through song. Perhaps it is the fact that they put their heart and soul into every word that makes this music so powerful.

Creativity can do great things for marginalised people. IĀ  think we express things through the arts that we can’t get out any other way.

I’ll be buying the CD.

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Brisbane vs Sydney May 21, 2007

Posted by Amanda in Australia, Observations, politics.
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Sydney: We would never consider driving in to the CBD and trying to get a street park. Meters cost about $6.00 per hour.

Brisbane: We always drive into the CBD and always park on the street. Meters cost $2.40 per hour.

Sydney: We rarely ran into people we knew in Sydney.

Brisbane: Almost every time we are out, we run into someone we know.

Sydney: Our people didn’t usually know other people’s people.

Brisbane: Everyone knows someone that you know, when you didn’t realise there was a connection.

Sydney: The beach was 15km away and often took 45 minutes to get there.

Brisbane: The beach is 85km away and it takes an hour to get there, sometimes less.

Sydney: We could walk to the shops or catch the train.

Brisbane: We have to drive everywhere.

Sydney: We could go out to eat Turkish, Lebanese, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Indian quite close by.

Brisbane: All we seem to eat is Asian (except at Paniyiri last weekend)

Sydney: Three great, affordable Italian pizza shops in the Summer Hill main street.

Brisbane: Haven’t found good, affordable pizza yet.

Sydney: We talked to and knew a lot of our neighbours.

Brisbane: Maybe if we had somewhere to live we would have neighbours.

Sydney: Housing is unaffordable.

Brisbane: Housing is unaffordable.

My Friend the Chocolate Cake May 18, 2007

Posted by Amanda in Music.
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There are a couple of bands I would crawl over hot coals to see. U2 is one and My Friend the Chocolate Cake is the other.

Tonight was the fourth time I have seen MFTCC live and I haven’t been disappointed yet. They are a band that draws you into the music with lush sounds and great tunes.

David Bridie remains firmly in control but as the years go on, he seems more relaxed and there is a great interplay between him and the other band members but especially the cellist and the violinist.

Tonight was a hard one, we have had a hard, hard few days and today was especially bad. I thought that I may not enjoy MFTCC as much as I would in other circumstances. But perhaps what we neededĀ  was to listen to these tunes that evoke both melancholy and joy. I certainly felt better at the end than I did at the beginning.

The band gives the audience their money’s worth. The show started at 8pm, had a short break and finished close to eleven after raucous calls for an encore. The music spanned old and new and instruments from tin whistles to ukeleles.

Bridie kept referring to an radio interviewer who labelled the music ‘nutty pop’. Quirky at times perhaps, but there is a depth and sophistication to these songs that touches me every time I hear them.