I started following my music path when I was small. I loved sitting at the piano, exploring, not perfecting. I wasn't necessarily interested in the sheet music, I simply loved moving my hands over the keys, and making.
Not much has changed.
I have spent the past two and a bit decades following my nose. From recording an album with a string quartet in the Adelaide Hills to stadium concerts to playing shows in the Village in New York City. I've had record deals, done the media thing, recorded quite a few albums and have songs on high rotation. I've done more projects than I can remember, back to back, all of this time, which means I've collaborated with a lot of people from producers to musicians to writers to film makers to actors. A lot sits in those meetings and that kind of work together.
For me, it's not about winning awards or being the best. I am a believer in listening to myself and others, staying open to ideas, learning from everyone who sits before me and always keeping the love in what I do.
So, yes, I've done Hollywood and New York, I've worked alongside some of the biggest producers and most amazing musicians you can imagine. But what stays with me is the magic.
I remember Tim Pierce saying to me in LA, what else can you hear on this song? Me: mandolin, do you play it? I was thinking like the beginning of Goo Goo Dolls' Iris. That is my all time favourite song. Tim: oh, you mean this mandolin? Tim played the opening to Iris and humbly told me how he had written and recorded it on
the mandolin he was holding. He then used it on my songs.
It felt pretty special.
Then there are the singers that I mentor. The songwriters who finally record albums. And their families. I like to get to know people and the people who love them.
Sometimes they become people I collaborate with. Meg Bignell came to me for some singing lessons a few years ago. Right now, Meg and I are writing and producing shows together. We have had two lately. In 2018 Take the Spotlight and Run. And more recently, in 2019, The Audition. We have more in the works. I am also spending much time collaborating on songs with songwriters. A lot of making.
I am always learning. Life is so precious.
When it comes down to it, music making is all about growth and wonder.