From Healesville Festival meeting rooms to small stadiums at Bunjil Place for 'Summer Sounds' with Wolf and Willow.
From The Macedon Ranges with Stephanie Duzel, and back home to The Moe Hotel for a set with Michael Waugh and Rich Davies.
From The Lomond Hotel with Enda Kenny and Monica Weightman and then to Spotted Mallard for the launch of Mandy Connell's great series 'An Otherwise Quiet Room' where I got to see, and share ideas with, some really great artists.
I know I know, I'm name dropping a little here (hehe), but these artists have been on my radar for some time and I have been inspired by and admired their hard work and creative uniqueness in Folk music from afar, hoping that someday I could be doing what they were doing, but in my own way.
Through each of these experiences I have learned something new and it has helped me to look at my own techniques, my goals and my purpose with a little more refined focus. One of my goals being to see more live music!!
It has been so great to watch how different artists have such unique ways of connecting with their audiences and delivering their stories and songs. It's such a subtle art form that these musicians have honed over hundreds of performances. Storytellers who can make us laugh with a quirky anecdote, then bring us to tears with feelings we didn't realise we had, all within the space of a 4 minute song. Amazing!
Watching the audiences respond in such an immediate way to what's happening in the room in that very moment ...it's like magic!
I think whatever field we are immersed in, it is essential we continue to learn and grow. That while we must take time to feel pride and appreciate ourselves for the miles we have walked and the things we have achieved, there is always room to humble ourselves and allow ourselves to embrace the wonderment of learning something new from those who are doing something well.
Thanks to all those who came out and saw some live music this month. You are part of something truly wonderful.
See you soon. Kx