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Pat Pattison – Professor of Songwriting (Berklee)

Ah, what a wonderful evening with the one and only Pat Pattison, lyric-writing extraordinaire, Professor of Songwriting from the famed Berklee College of Music. It’s been 2 years since attending one of Pat’s seminars and though I’ve been dabbling in, but mostly out of my songwriting, just being in the presence of songwriting royalty has given me the kick up the butt I needed to get back on the horse again with my songs. So this smile you see is the smile of reinvigoration, of excitement and of thirst – here’s to plenty of new songs, good, bad and ugly!

 

complete cheese – and I love it!

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Hush Hush Corporate Gig with Jubilation (pt 2: the gig)

Ah, what a treat to be able to sing with the Jubes family on one of the most iconic stages in the world – the main concert hall of the Sydney Opera House! We busted out every move and those at Shell Co. loved us, with even the execs in the front 5 rows jumping to their feet and boogie-ing down as we belted out a 6’30” medley of anthem songs (‘This is Me’ from the Greatest Showman, ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams and ‘Ain’t No Mountain’ by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell). Jubilation were brought in as the corporations big rev-up finale, and boy did we give them a FINALE! Of course special mention to our fearless leaders Joy Yates and Dave MacRae for whipping us in shape and bringing out only the best in us as singers and performers. What a high!

 

Views from the Green Room – not too shabby at all!

 

Love these Jubies! #backstagegroupshot

 

Mic Buddies #asiansunite

 

Last minute run-throughs

 

Last minute tech

 

The calm before the storm

 

 

 

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Hush Hush Corporate Gig with Jubilation (pt 1: rehearsals)

So sometimes you do some gigs that are super square, and other times you get some gigs that are a little wacky =p  Tonight Jubilation met with an incredible orchestra, at an undisclosed studio space, to rehearse for a hush hush corporate gig at the Sydney Opera House … ooo have I got your attention yet? =p It’s a really big gig, with lots of moving parts from different parts of the world, however we’re not allowed to know much about the client or the actual event itself, as the organisers don’t want us to accidentally slip and tell the world via social media. So just to wet your appetite here’s a reposted pic from my mic buddy (we only ever get to sing together during Christmas at Carols in the Domain, so it’s a special treat to be able to sing with @celinejdc for this gig!)

 

Stay tuned for pt 2: the gig!

 

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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 older 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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#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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