It’s been a busy week for me. An inspiring week too.
On Sunday I flew to Sydney for an overnight adventure, all in the name of seeing Dead Can Dance who have been very quiet over the past decade or so. When tickets went on sale, it was only one night in Australia. That was in Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. There was no way that I was going to miss this so I bought a couple of tickets, booked flights and hotel and was set. Of course they added another Opera House show later, after I had already arranged everything…I could have paid some extra to stay on I guess but once you add airfares, accommodation, airport carparking fees, train tickets, meals…and for 2…well the budget unfortunately won out.
We missed the start of the Sydney gig. Apparently 8pm on tickets in Sydney has nothing to do with what time the doors open, as it does in Melbourne. Their performance was stunning and I quickly forgot my disappointment of being let in late. I was mesmerised throughout much of the performance, which to tell you the truth, is one of the things that draws me to DCD. To see a performance in a room that is built with acoustics in mind is another plus that can never be underestimated. While we can never do away with the atmosphere generated in the square rooms of pubs and cafes, they would never be able to compete sonically with a venue of the Opera House’s calibre.
So back to work on the Tuesday to an almost deserted office. The majority of my colleagues had travelled to New York for business. I knew the dates were going to clash when I heard it was coming up, but I could not fail to experience DCD live. There was plenty for me to do at work. It was kinda lucky for some of my clients that I was available and not overseas.
Wednesday night came around very quickly and I was at The Palais in St Kilda to see DCD again! Although they played the same set, although the sound was bouncing around in a squarish room; I once again found myself being lost in the moment. Lisa Gerrard‘s voice doesn’t require a language beyond emotion and Brendan Perry‘s baritone pulls you in without a thought.
So now to the weekend…Sunday is a day for me to give blood (you should organise to do it too!) and then onto the Darebin Songwriters Guild Meeting to play some songs. It’s open to the public and the entry fee is by donation. I’m looking forward to meeting some new friends there…and some familiars ones when you arrive.
Now…what songs to play…?