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Sitting On It – Friday Fictioneers 27th January, 2021.

My agent was on the phone for the umpteenth time this afternoon.

“Have you reached a decision yet?” She pestered. “The clock’s ticking”.

“I’ve already told you. I’m sitting on it.”

Of course, this was counter-intuitive. Anyone else would’ve leaped at the chance to play Victoria in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats on Broadway. This was what I’d been dreaming and striving towards, ever since I put on my very first ballet slippers as a three year old. Yet, I knew that once I’d accepted, there’d be no turning back. That my life would never be my own again. Was it all worth selling my soul?

Or, did I even have a choice?

Of course not. I was the moth flying straight into the candle flame, but at least I was prepared.

I had my mum.

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This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields https://rochellewisoff.com/ PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford

Ruby and Eunice Gardiner in Sydney after their return from London.

At the age of 16, my grandmother, concert pianist Eunice Gardiner, won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. At the time, Eunice was a sheltered Australian school girl living in Sydney’s Bondi Junction with her family. There was never any question of Eunice travelling to London alone. Indeed, her father said he’d “rather throw her to the sharks in Sydney Harbour”. So,  on the 3rd December, 1935 she set off with  her mother on board the Esperance Bay.

As it turned out, Eunice’s father died of a heart attack back in Australia four months later, and Her mother never saw her husband again. Eunice never saw her Dad. Moreover, Eunice’s older brother made personal sacrifices to continue supporting the pair in London. It was a very challenging road and Eunice’s incredible talent also had an incredible toll, especially for those around her. Indeed, in 1948 she left Sydney bound for New York leaving her husband, three young sons and mother behind. She returned about 12 months later at around 2.00am in the morning on Christmas Day morning. Hard to understand, and yet there have been times on my own parenting journey, I could’ve joined her.

Best wishes,

Rowena

Every Home Is Now A Stage.

Today, I’ve had a rather indulgent day spent listening to all sorts of musical offerings all geared towards helps us get through the coronacrisis. I really appreciated these offerings and wanted to share them with you.  I apologize that the layout on this list is a bit haphazard. However, I had trouble uploading some of the links and they came in a variety formats. I’ll warn you that if you’re meant to be working from home or getting something done, these will pose a major distraction, but well worth it. I’ve had a wonderful day.

What A Wonderful World.

I saw this on TV last night and it took my breath away. This clip was put together by musical maistro Jon Foreman and the Aussie Pops Orchestra to raise many for Australia’s struggling live performers whose livelihoods have been smashed by the coronavirus. Musos struggle to make ends meet at the best of times and these must count close to the worst for those trying to make a living from live performances. Please give what you can. Our daughter has performed under Jon Foreman at School Spectacular and I just love how he’s been able to get his musical connections together like this. It’s very special.

Jimmy & Jane Barnes

Rock legend Jimmy Barnes needs no introduction here in Australia. However, for those of you living under a rock or something overseas, he’s the front man for Cold Chisel, but has also gone solo and performed with his son David Campbell. Moreover, he’s written two incredible books...Working Class Boy and Working Class Man.

While there are thousands and upon thousands of Australians who quite literally worship the ground he walks on as probably Australia’s greatest living Rock legend, I have only had a passing interest in Cold Chisel and my connection began with reading Working Class Boy and meeting him at a book signed down at our local bookshop. He was very different in person to what I’d expected and much more humble. There was definitely more than a note of self-doubt, which surprised me. Of course, at this point, he was making the transition from music to writing and I got the genuine impression he was actually surprised I’d finished his book and that seemed to touch him a lot, especially given this very brief encounter. I also want to tell you that I embarrassed myself with my usual disinhibited candor. Reading his book I was so struck by the abuse and severe hardship he experienced as a child, that I wanted to give him a hug and a matchbox car. That was what mum had always bought for my brother’s friends for their birthdays back in the day.

Anyway, it turned out that Jimmy Barnes and his wife Jane were in 14 days quarantine after returning home from an incredible personal holiday (including travelling on the Orient Express). So, they started undergoing creative challenges and posting them on his Facebook page. They are so personal and draw you right into the very heart of their home and family and are absolutely beautiful and certainly broke down that veil of loneliness and isolation we’re feeling at the moment.

Here are a few links:

Here’s a photograph of Jimmy getting his haircut by his wife Jane

Scroll down the comments and you’ll see a photo of a little dog who is called “Jimmy Barnes”. Follow this thread through and all sorts of dog owners have posted photos of dogs named after famous people. I should add ours. Zac is officially “Isaac Newton”.

Jimmy Barnes Singing Danny Boy

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber needs no introduction, but I do want to let you know that he ill be screening one of his musicals online every Friday for the next few weeks. It will be available to watch on the YouTube channel The Show Must Go On for 48 hours, starting on Friday at 7pm GMT. Next weekend’s musical will be Lloyd Webber’s 2012 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Tim Minchin, Mel C. and Chris Moyles. In the eantime, enjoy this offering from Jesus Christ Superstar and perhps you could even send him through a clip of you singing long.

Kansas City Ballet: Me, Dorothy…and This Road to Oz

Corona Yoga

 

Stayin Alive

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo here in Sydney is currently closed to visitors. However, they’ve set up  Taronga TV and while it doesn’t strictly involve music and performance, I thought youd enjoy this very cute video of the baby koala being hand fed.

Australian National Gallery

Lastly, we’re heading off to Australia’s National Gallery in Canberra where they’re currently holding two online exhibitions….

Matisse & Picasso

Hugh Ramsay

Of course, there’s so much more but these will keep you entertained, distracted and unproductive for at least a few days.

Hope you enjoy.

Best wishes,

Rowena