Published on 22 March 2022
In my experience, local creative people need to focus less on work in the “big smoke” and start working locally as much as possible. Many of the preconceived negative notions about provincial and regional towns actually come from within the local community itself, rather than from outsiders looking in. The huge surge in people moving from metropolitan Melbourne to provincial centres like Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat is driving positive change as new residents discover the amazing potential of these cities. Just like Dorothy in the Wizard Of Oz, sometimes the things we as creatives have been longing for have been right there in our home towns the whole time.
“I Am What I Am” by Shirley Bassey is always a good place to start! So many young people feel as though they have to apologise for just being themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” would also feature in the mix somewhere. During the depths of rolling COVID lockdowns, this song became a mainstay throughout the hundreds and hundreds of Piano Bar livestreams.
Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” always reminds me of the duality of life: the ups and downs, the give and take, the light and darkness.
My entire life story is defined by these songs I sing every day of my life. Songs are like old friends, offering me comfort and strength on life’s journey.
Sing us a song, pianoman!
Let Andy Pobjoy and the Piano Bar Group 'wow' you as the take over Cube 37 from Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 May during the South Side Festival. Click the link for more details.