I conducted a thorough review of my year (because that’s what I’m like) and came up with the following:
This year I made the decision to start performing solo. After many years of writing, performing and recording in a predominantly supportive role this has been a huge step and an adventure that has come at just the right time in my life. I’m thrilled at the doors that have opened!
In 2017 I wrote songs. A whole lot of songs.
Some of those songs have been recorded.
One has been included on a compilation in support of an environmental justice issue.
One has beat boxing and is about to be included in an online educational resource in a lesson about famous Australians.
I performed around Western Australia (I’m not including that open mic session in Melbourne, apart from telling you now…hmmmm) and had my songs played on radio internationally.
I played with seriously awesome musicians and made beautiful friends.
I created a West Australian history school performance (with Mr Phil Beck) and shared it with students. I even played a banjo 😮
I invested in myself, my skills and musical resources (hellooooo PA system, hellooooo Martin acoustic).
I started giving private tuition and loved working with students aged from 5 – 73.
I created a website (thank you Josie!) and dived headfirst into social media…eek.
I coordinated recording projects for several passionate people; recording and mixing in my home studio.
I am in the middle of recording my first solo album and loving every minute (well MOST minutes!).
Sometimes I feel frustrated and that I haven’t done enough. There isn’t enough time in the day for the things I want to do! When I write a list I feel that I have actually done quite ALOT. That’s a relief.
So here’s to 2018. Thank you so much for your support, I’m not sure you know what it means to me to have you come to a show, listen to and share my music, and send me feedback as so many of you do. And with 2018 on our doorstep, here’s a New Year’s Eve toast: Here’s to chasing your dreams. Here’s to moving forward, getting things doooonnneee. Here’s to laughing and crying and being the best person you can be in this crazy world.