Great new adventures are often rewarding in many ways. :D
Once upon a time not so long ago, when I was 42 ish, I was an electrician in a little outback town of Western Australia called Kununurra but today I’m a piano man singing. Here check this out, its a little ABC radio interview that tells my story.. ;D https://www.abc.net.au/radio/kimberley/programs/mornings/tradie-pianist/11025496
For folks can’t fathom why I hung up the tools to become a piano man. Many of you know about my back injury and it’s diminished capability to do any prolonged physical labour but what many people don’t know is well, um, Check this Environmental Symphony out.. https://www.abc.net.au/classic/read-and-watch/news/sir-richard-branson-narrates-the-environmental-symphony/11178890
The bloke who composed this was a world renown pianist and keyboardist. His name, Allan Zavod, he performed with Frank Zappa and had an awesome music career, among other things, writing compositions for documentaries and music to support many international superstars.
In 2014 I was the resident electrician at Zebra Rock Gallery located on the banks of the Upper Ord River near Lake Argyle. During the Kimberly Muster the gallery hosted an evening with Allan Zavod and WOW. In all my life I’d never heard anyone tramp on the piano like this master. As the resident sparky I was there to help set up and pack up. When packing up, someone shouted “give us a tune Muzza”..
My heart skipped a beat and my mind was saying "No Way". I was very much a diamond in the rough but with the influence of a little red my mind was overwritten by my mouth and I said “righto” then sat at the piano. Starting out with a little boogie woohoo and then within seconds here was this master sitting next to me on the stool and improvising with my woogie . It was about 30 minutes of call and response.. My mind was blown...
Packed away and nibblies out, the night went into the wee small hours with stories of music, life and life’s adventures. By the end of the night we were all heartily chuffed at the stories and new friendships were made with himself and his lovely wife Christine. Allan extended an invitation for me to visit him in Melbourne and show me a few tricks. I’d always dreamed of getting a few lessons from a pro like this so I gave this invitation some serious thought.
An organiser of a local talent evening was also present and asked me to play at her event and so dominoes started to fall, soon I’d have a weekly gig at the Kununurra Country Club playing by the pool. With these new things going on, I diverted some time from the electrical business to further research and develop this hobby as it was starting to earn its own keep.
The more I researched, the more I found to research and soon the Piano tinkerings became a little more and it was now that I started singing with the piano too. A few cool things were happening. I’d stayed in contact with Allan as I developed and I was getting closer to committing to the idea of going to Melbourne to learn from a master.
It wasn’t to be though. Allan’s health took a turn, a bad turn so the idea of heading to Melbourne now sat on the back burners. It was too late the momentum of music or the burning desire to play and perform more was ablaze. Darwin became the closest most logical target to see if music was viable. 4 years later here I am 8 albums released, one marketing tour under the belt and a whole new direction in life.. Of course it’s not without its hiccups but life is life and but one aspect of life that I wouldn’t swap for quids is this adventure into music that Allan inspired me to pursue.
On my little radio tour I met up with Christine and it was so nice to share what I’d achieved from That one night with Allan and her.. I was very honoured to be the first person to play his piano since he passed and it was almost as if he were in the room smiling that smile and laughing that laugh.. There are some things in this world that just can’t be explained and the spirit in that studio is one of them.. With all the great folks who I met on the tour and nice encounters along the way this music adventure has been an amazing life experience. Them little Angels of fate are great. For the good and the bad.
With the state of the world and the impact that us folks have had on it, with crazies out there doing unspeakable things against fellow humans being human and with the ever ticking clock of how much longer this planet can sustain us for our exploitations, it’s nice to know that folks at the top of the social and economic food chains are at least becoming aware and working to make a difference.. All I can do is scribble a few words , tinker out a tune and write a song about it with a little fishes hope that a few folks might hear it, scratch their heads and let the penny drop.
As always, take care , be safe and enjoy the ride. :). Cheers Muz
And may the Angels of Fate shine a little light in your heart and on the next chapter of this amazing journey. :D
Now that you’re on my website, please take your time and have a little look around at the radio tour and GIG calendar have a listen to a few tunes and don’t forget to visit the shop before you leave you can buy collectors CD’s, USB’s with loaded tunes, Merchandise and EVEN look at doing a home concert, or book a gig if you like.