No More Tickets!

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I received an email from my Huz this week. A three word email that simply said “NO MORE TICKETS!”

You see, he had just transferred a truckload of cash to our friends to even out the ledger – the spreadsheet our group of friends {aka the culture club} keeps, detailing who has bought tickets to what shows and who owes who money.

It all starts with a group email being sent around, “Hey guys, who’se keen on Foo Fighters/Mary Poppins/Peppa Pig/random Cabaret Show?”  They’ll get the usual responses which vary from a simple “Hell Yeah!” to “Sorry it’s my uncles, cousins 50th that day so we can’t make it unfort”. And generally the email initiator will then buy the required number of tickets, add it to the spreadsheet and we all sort out the cash later. Delayed gratification!

Only this year, in the craziness of life, months passed by and we all kinda forgot to keep said  ledger and as a result, our ticketing tally sky rocketed.

So we finally fixed it up and it pretty much left us eating baked beans until the next pay day whilst our friends thought they’d won lotto. Damn aren’t tickets bloody expensive these days! But… damn we’ve seen some awesome shows this year!

Like The Lion king, Tori Amos with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Dirty Dancing, John Butler Trio, The Australian Ballet, Arj Barker, and The Gruffalo, to name a few. And we’ve recently purchased tickets to The Foo Fighters, Wonderlust and a Twilight Taronga Zoo gig all for next year.

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The Lion King was Miss 5’s first musical stage show and she still talks about it all the time, and how mummy bought her the Simba toy and a choc top and she got to stay up really really late. And for me, experiencing all that through my child’s eyes was quite special.

So it got me thinking, yes tickets to these things may be bloody expensive, but the value is not in the ticket cost at all… its in the fun, precious (and often crazy) memories the investment creates. Memories that no doubt will be reflected upon for years to come…

  • Like Dad driving me and three girlfriends Seven hours to the big smoke to see our first ever concert.
  • Like seeing your sneaker fly up on stage and later finding another one that’s not yours but happens to be the right size.
  • Like being bitten on the shoulder by a happy excited chick in the mosh pit.
  • Like standing next to a mate and realising he’s wearing the only white t-shirt at a Metallica concert.
  • Like crumping so hard you fall over backwards.
  • Like watching one of your favourite artists perform on a balmy summer night at The Opera House forecourt whilst the sun sets.
  • Like feeling the baby in your belly kicking like crazy at a Coldplay gig.
  • Like swearing you’re too old for a festival but somehow you still go back year after year.
  • Like seeing your first show together as a couple
  • And like burning one down at Blues Fest. (Umm… not me dad, someone else!)
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So Huz… I can’t promise there won’t be any more tickets. But I will promise my fellow culture clubbers that we will try and keep the ledger under control next year. In the meantime, the free local Carols by Candlelight is looking good! Who’se keen?

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Tell me about a fun/precious/crazy memory you’ve created at a concert/gig/show?

What have you had tickets to this year?

Have you kept or done something creative with your ticket stubs like this..?

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I Heart Music: The Melancholy Playlist

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Music. Besides love, I don’t think there is anything in this world quite as powerful, that has the ability to connect people. No matter who you are or how old you are, it’s a language we can all understand.

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That feeling when you meet someone who loves your fave artist or song as much as you do = Instant human connection.

Since the late 90’s I’ve been to many a live gig and music festival. From my first real concert (Bryan Adams – thanks Dad for driving us country girls 7 hours to the big smoke to see him!) it quickly became a favourite pastime and I took great pride in growing my CD collection, and raiding Dads (except for Anne Murray. She’s all yours Dad).

These days I’m enjoying re-discovering my fave artists and exploring new music after years of being subjected to Justine Clark, Hi5 and the Wiggles. Toot toot chugga chugga big red car!

Music Streaming services have become my bestie with suggestions tailored to what I already listen to. Life changing! I currently subscribe to two services, because both have different functionality and I can’t decide which one I like better. (There’s that indecisive Libra thing yet again)

I love how we all consume music in different ways. For me it’s about being taken to a different place whilst on my morning city commute, it’s solitude when flying (what I’m doing right now whilst writing this), it’s company whilst cooking dinner, it’s a sing-a-long disco with my kids, it’s background during a yoga class and every now and then when we can get a babysitter, it’s the live experience or festival.

“There’s nothing to compare to live music, there just isn’t anything.”  Gloria Gaynor

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Friends of mine spend their time trawling record stores for vinyls, one plays in a band where music is his life, another is currently doing a sound engineering course such is her love of music, a cousin is completely obsessed with metal and another friend has a cool ritual when flying. Every take off and landing she scans for her perfect song. By doing this she can link her trips to songs. I love that!

However you choose to listen to music, one thing that’s clear is that music is an escape for us all.

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My taste in music is really broad, I pretty much like every genre, even the heavy stuff. Hubby almost fell over on our first date when I told him I love Rage Against The Machine and Metallica. Pretty sure that’s why he asked me to marry him!

But for some reason I find myself drawn to sad songs. Not because I’m particularly feeling sad (although we have had our fair share of sadness this year – that’s a whole other blog post) but because I find a certain beauty in them. Whether it be in their melody, the artists voice or the lyrics. Songs that no matter what your mood, have the ability to almost move you to tears or just make you want to sing-a-long.

So in the first of a series of music posts, I thought I’d share my Melancholy Playlist. Not to make you sad, but to share the beauty.

  • Spirit Bird by Xavier Rudd
  • Wish I never Saw The Sunshine by Beth Orton
  • Home by Michael Buble
  • 9 Crimes and Delicate by Damien rice (with Lisa Hannigan)
  • Winter by Tori Amos
  • The Scientist by Coldplay
  • Stop Crying Your Heart Out by Oasis
  • Everlong, (acoustic version) by The Foo Fighters
  • Walk away, Waiting On An Angel, She’s Only Happy In The Sun and The Drugs Don’t Work by Ben Harper (all time fave artist, I couldn’t just pick just 1)
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack
  • Brick by Ben Folds
  • You Were Meant For Me by Jewel
  • Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
  • Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
  • Please Please Please Let Me Get What I want by The Smiths
  • First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes
  • I Will Remember You and Angels by Sarah McLachlan
  • Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley
  • The Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunckel
  • Everybody Hurts, by REM
  • Your Song by Ellie Goulding
  • Wish You Were Here by pink floyd
  • Mad World by Gary Jules
  • Miss Misery by Elliot smith
  • Nothing Compares To You, Seonaid O,Connor
  • Lamb by Gorecki
  • Unintended by Muse
  • You Are My Sunshine by Carly Simon
  • Fake Plastic Trees by radio head
  • Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins
  • In The Living Years by Mike And The Mechanics
  • My Immortal by Evanescence
  • Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones
  • Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
  • Purple Rain by Prince
  • Stay by Shakespeare’s Sister
  • Last Request by Paolo Nutini
  • Crying by Roy Orbison
  • Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
  • Colourblind and Walkaways by Counting Crows
  • Fade to Black by Metallica
  • Come Home by Ryan Adams
  • Stay with Me by Sam Smith
  • Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
  • Play Me by Neil Diamond
  • Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap

So over to you…

Tell me, what was your first concert?

What songs move you to tears?

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PS. I promise my next music post will be happier x