When I left Melbourne for the country, I remember people saying to me that I was leaving any hope of a musical career. What they didn’t understand is that country audiences are wonderful and while it may be a different musical career, it’s a more connected one. I find country audiences are more varied – people come together when something is on because there’s not so much choice as the city – and often they’re more open to what is presented. With that comes a richer, more connected experience for all of us. My Leonard Cohen gig in the south-western Victorian town of Terang on Saturday night was just that – connected, full of heart and happy. Lovely, warm people in a lovely, warm venue. Thanks Terang!
I love the wide streets and varied architecture of little country towns. Camperdown’s main street has a great green strip down the middle with rows of huge trees on either side. Both sides have two-way traffic, and apparently the street is as wide as a bullock train’s turning circle, which was essential when the region was supplying Melbourne with agricultural produce. The clock tower and the decorative buildings attest to the town’s wealth in the late 19th and early 20th century.