Happiness as Anarchy #272: Disappearing down the music wormhole

Rehearsing is always a pleasure. Especially when it’s for one of my favourite small festivals – Melbourne Ukulele Festival – and one of my favourite songwriters – Leonard Cohen. I was going to post a clip of Leonard singing Come Healing live in Dublin, but the musical wormhole is a rich place. So much material to digest and I thought you might like Teddy Thompson’s version of The Ballad of the Absent Mare.

Happiness as Anarchy #207: Country Communities

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!

Happiness as Anarchy #168: Performing Poetry

When was the last time you heard poetry being read out loud? Or read poetry to someone else? Tonight I read poems to the audience between songs at my Leonard Cohen gig. It’s such a gentle and vulnerable thing to do and to listen to – just the human voice and beautifully crafted words. With all the beauty and darkness of Cohen’s penmanship.
I recommend this little book of his poems to sooth a troubled heart.