Category Archives: Music

Review: Come From Away, Gerald Schoenfield Theatre, NYC

I’m fascinated by the phenomenon of Come From Away. It’s a mighty good story (if you don’t know, about how a small town in Canada ended up hosting over many days thousands of stranded passengers who had been rerouted after … Continue reading

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Sydney Food and Drinking Diary: The Bar, Sir Stamford Hotel, Circular Quay

Just a block or two up from Circular Quay, this is a great location for a drink or light dinner, on your way to or from the Quay, or as a destination on its own. The Bar has a fun … Continue reading

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2016 in lists (art, books, entertainment, shows)

Concerts & Shows Defying Gravity, Theatre Royal: A collage of Stephen Schwartz with the composer on stage at the end of the show himself, it was really amazing to see top Broadway performers letting loose with these songs: Sutton Foster … Continue reading

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A song (and video): Someone to Fall Back On

The first time I heard Jason Robert Brown’s ‘Someone to Fall Back On’, I thought ‘I want to learn how to sing that.’ A much admired Broadway composer, this was on his 2005 album ‘Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes’ and shows … Continue reading

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Concert review: Sufjan Stevens, Sydney Opera House

Photo by Jules Minnis via (He was looking older and sadder than this…) Monday night, 25 May 2015, we caught one of Sufjan’s shows at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid Festival. Pretty amazing, he did … Continue reading

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Why I Write Songs: “Red Shoes”

“Red Shoes” was written in November 2006. I’d had a rough day with a first world problem, trying to settle on my first property purchase and it made everything feel out of whack: Would it happen? When would I be … Continue reading

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2013 in lists (art, books, entertainment, shows)

The year in concerts, shows (musicals/theatre/dance) and books! CONCERTS Sing the Truth, State Theatre (January) – Welcome 2013. Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright. Quite a triple-bill, but the surprise for me was Lizz Wright. I don’t think I’ve … Continue reading

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Movie Review: 20 Feet From Stardom

I was really lucky to catch a new documentary on a flight from Perth to Sydney last week: 20 Feet From Stardom directed by Morgan Neville. It tells the stories of backup singers. One of the things I loved the … Continue reading

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Concert Review: Rickie Lee Jones at the Factory Theatre

I’ve always found it interesting how we’re drawn to what type of music. It doesn’t matter whether we’ve shared life experience with the singer, or can even understand their language to be drawn in and then either like, or even … Continue reading

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What I learned in voice class

I just finished 8 weeks of ‘Contemporary Singer 2‘ class at the Sydney Conservatorium of music with Edoardo Santone as our teacher. Final concert was last week! Phew. It went well. What I learned My past singing didn’t given me … Continue reading

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