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Let the music speak …

So this afternoon I took a bunch of students to a local retirement home and put on a little concert for the residents. The date for today’s concert had been booked in for the last 6 weeks, but somehow residents knew nothing of it and were more than a little surprised when we arrived. One elderly lady in particular had been sitting at the table in the common area, where we were setting up, reading her newspaper and got incredibly annoyed when I started plugging in my speaker (I hadn’t even turned it on yet). She pulled me a side and demanded to know what was going on. I explained the situation as best as I could, but she didn’t seem impressed with my explanation and in a huff, packed up her papers and gruffly left the room. Staff were busy gathering other residents and getting them settled in the space, whilst I waited for the rest my performers to arrive. The newspaper lady was still in the hallway clearly put out and super annoyed with what she called an “intrusion” and announced she was going to have “none of it” and instead would go back to her room. I finished setting up and got the concert underway. As each of the kids got up to do their performance, you could feel the energy change and the joy on the faces of the residents said it all. In fact 10mins passed and the newspaper lady came back, stuck her head in the room and then proceeded to make her way to a free couch closest to where the kids were performing. She was still a little gruff but another resident very audibly rebuffed her, reminding her that “they were just kids and that she ought to give them a chance”. And for the rest of the concert, she let down her guard, clapped enthusiastically and beamed after all the kids had performed.

It’s interesting how music, particularly when kids are involved, builds bridges and dissipates the barriers we build around ourselves. What a beautiful transformative moment! In fact, the newspaper lady had nothing but praises to sing afterwards; about how awesome the kids were, how beautifully they sang and played and how she enjoyed the concert. If only more people would let down their guards and let music speak to them – can you imagine such a world? #moremusicplease #letthemusicspeak #musictransforms #musiciansdream

One of my old kids, Ella, in the moment

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Merry Christmas!

How does Jack Frost get to work? By icicles 🤣🤣🤣 #whosjackfrost?? #theresnojackfrostinaustralia #southernhemispherechristmas #webehothere #merrychristmas #christmascrackerjokes #crackerjokesarethebest 🤣🤣🤣  Wishing you and yours much love and laughter this Christmas time! Don’t forget to #laughatlamejokes  😘

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Carols in the Domain 2018

Ah, the Jubilation calendar is not complete without a whole lot of backstage shananigans from Carols in the Domain and this year was no exception!

Highlights (in no particular order): backstage Yahtzee, rolling a DOUBLE YAHTZEE on beginners luck 🤣, hangs with the Jubie family, belting out a good ol’ gospel tune with the ah-mazing Paulini, having MASSIVE stage hair (thanks to Jenn and her teasing comb!), backstage sing-a-longs, awkward (but hilarious) side-stage conversations, unobscured views of the fireworks (the poor bats!) … the list is endless!

Lowlights: our performance was over too quick, not having enough Jubie time, being mozzie bait due the previous night’s downpour.

 

#yahtzee #itsaseriousgame

#spiritfingers #dressrehearsal #finale

 

#dressrehearsal #onstageshananigans

 

#thetroopsaregathering #therealthing #carolsinthedomain2018

 

#obligatoryselfie #dressingroomselfie

 

 

#andthatsawrap #jubilationsingers #jubiefamily

 

 

#fromthecomfortofthecouch

 

#lookmumimontv

 

#maybeshesbornwithit #finale #carolsinthedomain2018

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Me no speak Latin … until now

This pic was taken side stage just as we were getting ready to perform to a whole lot of Nonnas and Nonnos at Club Italia last night … ah the dream time! Note the big cheesy smile on my face … yep this moment was captured BEFORE I found out there was a Latin verse 3 (as in the language of Ancient Rome and it’s empire, unknown and dead to the modern world) in O Come All Ye Faithful… oh so you didn’t know about the Latin verse 3 … yeh neither did I until I was already on stage and said verse comes up on the overhead screen. Ah there’s nothing like flying by the seam of my skirt with these kids! Bwahahahahhahah!

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A Jubilicious Christmas to one and all!

Wishing everyone a very Jubilicious Christmas! 🎵🎶🎄🎅🏼🎁🎉 A little sneaky pic from last night’s happy place – Jubilation singers singing up a storm on Avalon Beach for Carols on the Beach* 2018.

*not only is this one of the most joyous, fun-filled gigs on the Jubilation calendar, it is also the time where @miss_bless and I get to brush off our inner Mariah Careys and belt out ‘All I want for Christmas” as a duet. Ah, the season is complete!

📷 curtesy of @miss_bless & co.

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Happy 3rd Annual Musical Garden Party!

Woohoo! 3rd Annual Musical Garden party is done and dusted! What an incredible year of music making! I’m blown away by these kids; their love for singing and music, their curiosity and thirst for knowledge and their unrelenting drive to find their place in the world. I am so proud of each and every one of these kids and feel incredibly privileged to be called their teacher. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has install for them all – onwards and upwards!

Remember these faces; you’re looking at tomorrow’s music industry here =) (side note: musical talent does not equate to knowing which direction the picture will be taken from #wherewerewealllooking =p hahahaha) A massive thank you to all who came out in support of these young budding musicians! #nowforaglassofwine

 

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#thepleasurewasallmine #untilnexttimeRubyos

What can I say, but thank you a thousand times over to all who came out and showed their love and support on Friday night. It’s always a joy and privilege to play at Rubyos Restaurant, and this time round was no exception 🤗❤🤗❤🤗❤🤗❤ My heart bursts when I see the smiles on people’s faces and I catch diners singing along to their favourite songs (… and to get love on my original songs too, you’re all too kind!). Oh, and to play with guitar-maestro Steve Crain, it’s like having dessert first, and being left blissfully in a food coma, but for your ears … I’m so full of the #warmandfuzzies ❤❤❤  #untilnexttime #musiclovers #rubyosnewtown #duo #livemusic #shamelesspromotions #myhappyplace



 

 

 

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Rubyos – we can’t get enough of you!

Another gig done and dusted. It’s always a pleasure to share our music with you, guests of Rubyos. You are beautifully warm and appreciative, and we couldn’t ask for a better audience #feelthewarmandfuzzies 😘 😘 😘 Thank you also for letting me play you a few originals #whatatreat! And to our wonderful hosts @rubyosnewtown, your hospitality and calamari are divine and I’ll be having garlic dreams for days 🤗❤🤗❤🤗❤🤗❤ Thank you and catch you next month #musiclovers 😘 #mondayditties #rubyosnewtown #canyouseeme #reflections #shamelesspromotions 🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵

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Much Love to You Mr and Mrs Layden

The convenience of being part of the band is that you get the best views 😉 what a great privilege to be able to share in Bec and Brett’s special day; thank you for asking me to sing! ❤️ Congrats to the new Mr & Mrs Layden! 👰🏼 #wedding #rainhailorshine #mrandmrs #ceremony #weddingsinger #toastywarminside #mrandmrslayden

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#MondayDitties (with yours truly and Dave Park) at Rubyos

A big massive shout out to Badrul and the staff at Rubyos, thanks so much for making us feel at home and having us play on Fri night =) To all who joined us and packed out the restaurant, I’m sending you all squishy hugs and much love! 🤗 thank you for letting me share with you some of my favourite tunes. ❤️❤️❤️ #rubyosnewtown #duo #livemusic #shamelesspromotions #imonthewindow #mondayditties #hometime (side note: the featured pic was taken way after the gig finished; there was a great number of people in the restaurant whilst we played, promise! =p)

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