It’s not often I get the opportunity to sing my songs to a serious country crowd, but that’s what occurred when I hit the stage at the Roxburgh A&P show. This event is tied in with the Roxburgh Cavalcade, where a number of horses, carts, and riders travel to the regions from throughout the country. It was awesome to see a few familiar faces while I was playing. I felt it quite rewarding in the sense that the audience built up hugely when I sang, and many congratulated me on my show at the end.
All of this was topped off with a “feel good moment” on my way back to Dunedin to play a wedding, as I pulled over to help a family of Asian drivers try to get their rental car fixed … and when this didn’t work (as I’m no mechanic), I worked as a translator between the daughter of the Asian family and the rental company.
One of the things that makes songwriting a challenge to me is finding the hours to get creative while I’m teaching. For those of you who may not know, I am the Head Of Music at East Otago High School (a decile 5 High School in Palmerston Otago … 40-50mins North of Dunedin, New Zealand). This year I feel blessed with a form class who are really REALLY keen on music. This means that I will very likely be able to get creative. There may even be the possibility to have my students write and/or alongside me. What a rich and rewarding life I lead.
One of the music talent agencies I get work through had their managing director celebrate her birthday. As part of this, she hosts an annual music festival type event, which brings in large number from throughout the world. My band “Idol Frets” featured as one of the acts. She said (which was supported by others at this year’s party) that she wanted us to play longer, as she loves the entertainment value we put into our performances. It’s always rewarding to hear positive praise like that.
I’m in prep mode for Norfolk Island. I’ve selected my songs, sent my charts to the backing band, and have sorted the logistics that are required for a successful trip in Norfolk Island to complete as the Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year. I’ll keep you all in the loop, however I want to issue a big thanks to Renny Hantler for his support in letting me know what’s required (in addition to his charting my previous songs). I look forward to performing in what I have been told is a beautiful area of the world.