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Playlist: New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 (weekend 2)

This year, I’m hoping to actually head on vacation (finally!) so my beautiful wife and I can take that honeymoon we’ve been talking about doing since we got married.

Keep in mind, we got married back in 2014, when the weather was hot and New Orleans came to Sydney. That was the dream, since both my wife and I had left our hearts in New Orleans. I left mine back when I was a kid, and when I went back on holiday with the girl who would eventually be my wife, she left hers there too, and I knew she and I would be linked.

The wedding was on November 14, 2014, and there’s a webpage showing the day, but there hasn’t been a honeymoon yet, due to the constraints of work.

This year, though, we’re hoping to change it, and Jazz Fest is on the agenda.

I don’t need much to get myself geared up for New Orleans — the music, the people, the food, the vibe; sheesh, I’d probably live there if I could — but just in case you wanted to get a glimpse of what Jazz Fest will be like on the second weekend, which is when we’re hoping to be there, I’ve been working on a playlist.

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First song for my courier musical “The Bittersweet Delivery”

Ok random blog reading peeps… I’m going to give you a preview of this courier musical I’m writing.

Remember I’m not a pianist in the slightest. At best, I’m a mediocre cellist and bassist.

But here it is anyway… a “sort of” song that still hasn’t been finished yet. Mostly because I’m trying to connect the verse and the chorus while not knowing how to play piano. And because this song is supposed to be the final song in the entire piece so I still have to make the other songs to inject a little bit of each of them in the end.

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Some of the best R&B I’ve heard in a while is the news.

The guys/guys/team behind this is putting out some excellent work. It’s a shame it gets a little bit slow in the Gorilla scene in this one, but the music they’re producing out of the news is excellent.

In case you’re curious what the concept is, it’s “Auto-Tune the news”.

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For the uninitiated & unaware, Auto-Tune is the technology behind a lot of music artists’ careers. Thesoftware corrects your voice to the right tone and – when used right and in small increments – becomes very hard to notice. You can actually make anyone sound decent with it.

Even Britney Spears.

That’s My Mum!

My Mum is a music artist.

You probably didn't realise this. I was creating an animated music video for her up until recently. One of these days, I'll try to finish it: multi-layered animation while you're holding up a regular job where you work over-time kinda kills the time you get for animation a bit.

Anyway, now my Mum's band – Khartoum Capers – has been signed.

Go look. 🙂

As Tall As A Dear Hunter

This article is a few weeks coming and I apologise for that. The Ruthie Foster one will be following shortly too.

While Soundwave wasn't too impressive an organised thing, the people deciding to put it on felt the need to make a little bit more money by running what they called "Sidewaves". These were side gigs that bands from Soundwave would play in each city.

Not having our complete fill of As Tall As Lions and The Dear Hunter, my brother Michael and I went on the Monday.

That was the day after Soundwave. We'd both been to work that day and I was exhausted from the day prior.

As well as burnt.


The Dear Hunter were one of a few bands I got photos of that night…

Here's what happened…

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