I came back to McAuley College to find sofas and carpets in the piano room! Colour my world McAuley! Thank you! 🙂
Review of heavy metal jazz orchestra Valtozash published in Scenestr on December 21 2017.
My take on this fabulous metal-jazz big band, originally published in Scenestr. http://scenestr.com.au/music/valtozash-brisbane-review-crowbar-20171221 Valtozash, Brisbane’s 17-piece jazz-metal big band, headlined X-Mess II at Crowbar in Fortitude Valley (20 December). They crammed onto the stage and brutalised us with an onslaught of their very, very loud, maniacal humour. Bandleader Andre Bonetti said: “We are the largest … Continue reading Valtozash Brisbane Review @ Crowbar
6.15am. about to water the garden before it’s too hot. Love the morning. Here’s my first William Morris rose for Spring <3.
My husband has a favourite place to buy honey. He saved it on his GPS. We drive along a tarmac road, turn here and there. Fields as far as the eye can see. No road signs. No street lights. Eventually we get there. A few months ago a sign said: sold out back in September. … Continue reading Bush honey. Leave money in box
It’s the end of the week. I went to the garden, and there it was. What a fab feeling.
[Posting clips of my students performing lets them know I’m proud of them. Learning music – like learning most things – is a series of little steps, every step significant, and hopefully taken with a sense of pleasure and adventure.] Ellyse is playing her first duet with me! I’m very happy with her soft hands … Continue reading Ellyse (aged 6) plays her first duet with me
It feels so good to see my book given to someone (whom I don’t know) as a present. Wow! I hope they enjoy reading it.
My student Edward recently sat his first ever exam, AMEB Piano For Leisure Preliminary Grade, and received an A (Honours) grade. Well done Edward. I have written about him before, since he was preparing for this exam on a keyboard without weighted keys and touch-sensitivity. But fortunately his parents got him a fully-weighted keyboard a month before … Continue reading Congratulations Edward! A (Honours)
What a lovely surprise to walk into the Treasury Heritage Hotel and see this! And here we go… I wish I could take a better photo, but it’s too rude to hold my phone up close to a bunch of strangers. Hey, and we have a flyer too!
In April, I bought an upright piano! After moving around the world for decades with different digital pianos, I’m finally settled enough to own this big old, magical wooden box with 1,200 moving parts. Now, I am home. I drove all over Brisbane and the Gold Coast checking out pianos advertised on Gumtree. When I … Continue reading I bought a Beale piano!
As part of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, Greg Dennis, who is the founder of 4Real Milk, opened up his robotic dairy to the public, and we checked it out today. Mike and I hopped into the car and followed our neighbour Michael (yes, another one) towards Tamrookum. We got behind a trail of cars … Continue reading 4Real Milk, drinking local
A friend just sent this photo to me, taken at a bus stop in the CBD. It’s part of a Queensland government campaign to promote the use of E10 biofuel. I was the featured model.
A little while back I wrote about a student trying to learn to play with more expression, despite not having a touch-sensitive keyboard at home. Today he came to lesson beaming, saying he now has a fully-weighted keyboard with touch-sensitive keys. He played his examination pieces, and we looked at each other and couldn’t stop smiling. It’s … Continue reading “We’ve got a fully weighted keyboard at home now!”
Angela (aged six) has no instrument at home, but is determined to play piano. Watch her play a duet with me. Well done Angela!
Edward is taking his first AMEB exam in July. He plays his pieces well, I’m getting him to put in more expression, make the most of that crescendo, accent, and pp. He’s doing it. But his keyboard at home doesn’t have touch-sensitivity. Whether he plays gently, or with pressure, the sound doesn’t vary. “At home, … Continue reading Learning to be expressive without touch-sensitive keys
Congratulations to my student Luke for attaining High Distinction A+ for his AMEB Piano For Leisure Preliminary examination. He even managed not to groove around while playing the bluesy Sherlock Holmes. 😁
Nice to make the front page of the Treasury Brisbane website. The 2014 Treasury Casino brand photo shoot was by Cartel Film Production, and I was a featured model.
It’s sooo hot, it’s supposed to be 42 degrees here this weekend! Yesterday evening I watered down my plants, and found this guy afterwards. I was worried it got a blast of the hose, but later it fluttered off, probably with a massive headache.
Luke is getting ready for his AMEB Piano For Leisure Preliminary Grade exam later this year. He’s almost there, just a couple of things to fix, and I might have to stop him grooving around on his seat when he plays bluesy Sherlock Holmes.
This little guy had a lovely pattern on him.
There is a song in the wood and we seek to unlock that song and give it form so that each player in their quest for the ‘perfect’ sound can deepen their musical journey. Richard Howell audio clip guitar model guitarist Canco Del Lladre 2000 Howell Spruce Alan Welsh [My thanks to luthier David Chin … Continue reading Richard Howell, Luthier
Reneé Barlow is a walking media hub: event promoter, photographer, graphic designer, audio engineer. She’s a powerful voice for community living and the driver behind Homespun Bazaar, a music festival and market event in the Scenic Rim area of Queensland. A piano teacher for several years before developing her many other talents, Reneé has an … Continue reading Reneé Barlow
I start every morning with a massive mug of tea or coffee and a walk around the garden. The morning light is so gentle (especially important in sunny Queensland), everything is soft with dew, and it’s cool. These toadstools or wild fungi appeared overnight. After a few hours in the hot sun, they dry up … Continue reading Toadstools or wild fungi
Blues Arcadia’s debut EP by the same name is seven original songs running the gamut of the blues.