Daily Archives: 08/03/2013

IMG_1126A man appeared at the front door wielding a paring knife, an apple and an orange.  Unusual to say the least.

I didn’t even get to the door before I heard his booming voice. “G’day! Just come down from Stanthorpe with a load of fruit. Wanna box?” A knife with a piece of apple balancing on the blade was thrust towards me.

Sure enough, in the truck on the street, there were Royal Gala, Granny Smiths and Delicious apples and oranges.  Loads of oranges.

They’ll keep for weeks he said.  There was not a sign of cold storage, or selection of the most beautiful looking fruit, or sizing to look good in the store.  I settled for half a box.

I’ve been a bit nonplussed in recent days, what with finding driveway service at a petrol station last week in Tasmania and now fruit coming direct from the orchard to your door.  What is the world coming to?

There’s a lot that those of us who are not-so-musical can learn from musicians.

They show up.

They improvise.

They have fun.

They start anywhere.

They are generous.

They say yes even when they’re not quite sure what it is that they are saying yes to.

If not for a big and unambiguous yes to an out-of-the-blue email request, all the people at this party (inadvertent Joni Mitchell reference) would not have had such an amazing evening celebrating Marie’s 80th birthday.

Marie dancing

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That first “Yes” (which brought on an unrehearsed and absolutely satisfying solo happy dance from yours truly) came from the amazing Cazzbo Johns – an extraordinary tuba player and all-round entertainer.

Then Craig Schlencker – composer and double bass player – (we knew each other back in the days of the old schoolyard) said “Yes”.

Then Craig asked his daughter, vocalist Lauren Lucille, and Lauren asked her pianist Wade Gregory.  All “Yes”.


Lauren and Wade

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The four had never played together. Not even a rehearsal. They made beautiful music and put layers of icing on the event. Professor Dumbledore (aka J K Rowling), Headmaster of Hogwart’s School of Wizards said best what they brought to the celebration...“Ah music.  A magic far beyond all we do here!” Thank you Cazz, Craig, Lauren and Wade.  Amazing musicians and human beings.